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!
ENGAGEMENT SESSION OUTFITS FOR WOMEN
FORMAL MAXI DRESSES & SKIRTS
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.
CASUAL DRESSES & SKIRTS
For the casual girl that still likes to dress up! Fun (yet subtle) prints, with unique & flirty design.
CASUAL TOPS & BOTTOMS
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 OUTFITS FOR MEN
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!
CASUAL TO FORMAL
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.