Austin, TX Wedding Photographer // Rooftop Picnic Couples Session // Mackenzie & Chisam

Since Mackenzie and Chisam got engaged last weekend (proposal photos to come in another blog post), I figured it's about time to share the photos from a couples session I shot with them last December in downtown Austin! We planned a romantic rooftop picnic with a beautiful view of Austin - more rooftop sessions please! The chemistry between these two is pretty obvious from the photos, scroll down to see for yourself. Congratulations to Mackenzie and Chisam on their recent engagment! 


Outfit Inspiration and Tips for Engagement Sessions // Kayla Snell Photography // Austin, Texas Wedding Photographer

Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer

In the past few years, I've had multiple clients ask me the same question over and over again, "What should we wear for our engagement session?". I'm far from a stylist, but I can appreciate a well-styled outfit when I see one! From my experience as a photographer, I've learned what photographs well and what should be avoided when it comes to picking out the perfect outfit for an engagement session.

I decided to write this post because recently I was in your shoes, searching for the perfect outfit to wear for a shoot. As camera shy as I am, I decided it's time to get some photos of myself so I can share more about who I am with my clients and followers! While I was searching for a dress to wear I scrolled past lots of dresses, only choosing ones that represented me best. I also tried to avoid anything with distracting patterns or bright colors.

Why am I telling you about my late night internet shopping? Because I realized that everything I was looking for in an outfit is what my clients should think about when choosing outfits for engagement sessions - comfortable, simple, timeless, and something that feels like YOU! Below are a few outfit inspiration boards that I came up with to give direction when it comes to engagement session outfits.

*** side note - no pressure if these outfits aren't something you'd normally wear, I know everyones style is different and I want you to stay true to yourself!



Think long flowy dresses that you can twirl around in. Dresses that will show texture and movement. Neutral or muted tones and simple patterns. Romantic & timeless.

Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer


For the casual girl that still likes to dress up!  Fun (yet subtle) prints, with unique & flirty design.

Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer


I offer my couples an outfit change during engagement sessions if they want to take some laid-back photos together in everyday wear. These outfits are also great for an in-home session! 

Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer


When it comes to menswear I am far from an expert, but here are a few ideas to get you started! Again, aim for neutrals or muted tones, avoid busy/distracting patterns, and keep it simple. Less is more!


Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer

Let's be honest, most of us aren't models so we aren't 100% comfortable in front of the camera. If you're wearing something that makes you feel confident AND comfortable I guarantee you'll have so much fun during your engagement session and you will feel like a model by the end of the shoot! Hope this helps some, I'm always available to answer any questions and help my couples with outfit choices.

Austin, TX Wedding Photographer // Allan House Wedding // Callie & Garrett


Callie & Garrett had such a dreamy wedding at the Allan House last January! There's something extra romantic about winter weddings. Here are a few words from the sweet bride about their wedding day:

"We wanted the design and celebration to be true to who we are and what we love. We love travel, tradition and the outdoors so we worked to create a rustic, earthy feel, mixed with vintage and traditional pieces that blended together into the perfect winter wedding. On a personal note, we are both very family oriented, and are blessed to have grandparents and great grandparents that were able to travel for our wedding. We tried hard to find little things that allowed them to be a special part of the day, like having Garrett was walk his grandmother down the aisle, having my grandmothers bake homemade pies for our dessert table, and taking time to capture moments with them throughout the night.  It was truly the best day and we have amazing photos to prove it." - Callie


Design & Planning - Carried Away Design

Coordination & Flowers - Posh Petals

Venue: Allan House

Catering: Royal Fig

Dress: Martina Martina Liana