What To Wear For Your Engagement Photos

I’m not a big fashionista. If the choice is between being comfy and looking good, I’ll almost ALWAYS choose the chunky grandma sweater with leggings and some slip on shoes. Because, why not? You’ll only see me in stilettos when it’s absolutely necessary.

So when I did my engagement photos years ago, I had NO IDEA what to wear. I probably stressed for weeks thinking about what I was going to wear. I finally picked a blue sheath-type dress from Urban Outfitters and my favorite boots. It wasn’t a bad choice, but I probably could have made some better ones.

So I’ve put together some tips to help my clients prepare as they get ready for a shoot.


First, wear something that is comfortable. Nothing too tight – you don’t want it to pull in any unflattering areas. A nice loose blouse (not too loose, we’re not going for the Seinfeld puffy shirt look), a comfy V-neck tee, or your favorite scoop neck or V-neck sweater will be great. I’d go for V-neck or boat neck over crew-cut because it creates more flattering lines and brings more focus to your face (and really, we want to focus on your winning smile, not your outfit). Button ups and plaid camp shirts are also great – I have a huge soft spot for anything plaid. Your favorite top with a pair of jeans may seem low-key, but really, you’re going to look comfortable and relaxed.

Here’s an example look:


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As far as dresses go, flowy fabrics are great for a soft, romantic look. Again, nothing too tight.  The key is that you want to feel flexible. When you’re sitting on a boulder overlooking the Shenandoah Valley as the sun sets with the love of your life, you don’t want to be uncomfortable.


Consider the venue. You’ve probably already thought about venues way more than you want to, I know. What I mean is, if we’re shooting in the middle of a field or in the woods, you probably don’t want to wear pumps. If we’re shooting in Old Towne Manassas and you want to rock those red shoes and dance the blues, be my guest, but be sure that you have a change of shoes with you so that if we’re doing any walking, your feet aren’t screaming by the end. On the same coin, this probably isn’t the place for thick hiking boots, unless that’s the look you’re going for.


Who doesn’t love a well-dressed man? But if you’re wearing a plaid shirt and jeans, he probably should stick to a low-key, comfy look as well. If you’re going a little fancier, then a nice blazer over a shirt and jeans is such a great look. You guys don’t need to match, but you should be generally dressed for the same occasion.


Makeup is important – you want to be comfortable, but if there’s any day to spend a little extra time in front of the mirror, your photo shoot is a good one. If you go big with a smoky eye daily, then go for it! If you don’t typically wear makeup, I would definitely put on at least mascara and blush and a good lipstick. Again, you want to be comfortable, but a little mascara goes a long way as far as photos go. Lips can be neutral, but I always love a big pop, too! This may also be a great time to try out your options for your wedding day look.

As long as you and your guy are happy and in love, the pictures will come out great. But hopefully these tips give you some ideas for your session. What are some tips you would include?


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