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Wondering what to wear for your engagement photos? You’re not alone. One of the most important decisions after hiring your photographer is selecting outfits. This can be stressful for many couples but it doesn’t have to be! Read on for my top 8 styling tips for your engagement session. Following these guidelines will ensure timeless images of you and your love looking confident, comfortable, and authentically you! Which leads me to tip number one…


Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Like You

You should both feel comfortable in the outfits you choose. You want to look like yourselves but at your best. While it is fun to get creative, wardrobe choices that stray too far from your typical style will make you look and feel awkward in photos. We don’t want that!

Choose Classic Rather Than Trendy Looks

couple wearing classic engagement outfits

Choose styles that will remain timeless, rather than outfits that could make your images feel dated a few years down the road. You want to look effortless, not too contrived.

Complement, But Don’t Match

couple wearing spring and summer engagement outfits

Matching outfits and patterned prints aren’t ideal for portrait sessions. Instead, look for complementary colors and solid prints. Try to stay away from anything too busy, as it can be an unnecessary distraction in photos.

Choose Pastels, Cool Colors, and Neutral Tones

couple wearing pastel engagement outfits

You’ll want to avoid anything bright or neon colored. Orange is the least photogenic color, while red is the color your eye is drawn to immediately—and you don’t necessarily want your shirt or skirt to be the focus of your photograph. You want your faces and the love between you to stand out. Consider wearing pastels, cool hues, or neutral tones, then add a pop of bright color with your accessories.

Incorporate at Least One Accessory and Layers

couple wearing fall and winter engagement outfits with layers and accessories

Accessories, like a stylish scarf or chunky necklace, add a “wow” factor to outfits. They’re also easy to slip on and off, which means you’ll have a variety of looks with a single outfit. Guys and girls can wear layers of clothing because it adds more visual interest to their looks.

Stick With Two Outfits

couple wearing fall engagement outfits

Two outfits are more than enough to show a variety in the session gallery, and it ensures you won’t spend a lot of the engagement session trying to change into the next set of clothes. Opt for one outfit that accurately depicts your style on an average day and one that you would wear for a date night.

Flatter Your Body Type

couple wearing spring and summer engagement outfits

Tips for each body shape:

Pear-Shaped: Show off your curves, focus on cinching the waist with an A-line design that flares at the bottom.

Apple-Shaped: An A-line style with a gradual flow from the waist to the legs is flattering.

Busty: Scoop and sweetheart necklines offer support and open up the décolletage so the focus is on the face rather than the bust.

Small Chest: Look for textured or ruched styles to create fullness in the chest area.

Plus Size: Engagement photos featuring an empire-waist dress are great. They’re extremely flattering and emphasize the smallest portion under the bust which creates the effect of a slender silhouette from top to bottom.

Make Use of the Season

couple wearing fall and winter engagement outfits

Take advantage of the season you’re in and create an on-theme outfit.

Winter and Fall: Don’t be afraid to bundle up. Layer cozy knits, like a sweater or a cowl scarf, grab a bright winter coat, and put on a pair of fingerless gloves.

Summer and Spring: Bring summer vibes to life by going barefoot in the grass or sharing a cone in an ice cream shop while wearing sandals and a skirt. Pair a maxi dress with a statement necklace, or a summer dress with a denim jacket for a sweet look.

As for spring, flowers are in bloom you can’t go wrong with subtle floral prints and pastel hues.


When my clients follow these 8 styling tips for their engagement session you can see it in their images. The result is a beautiful gallery of images where the focus is on the connection and raw emotion between two people in love.

Still need to book your engagement session? You can contact me here.

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