What should you wear to an engagement photo session you ask? An engagement photo session is important because it helps you and your photographer get to know each other before the wedding day! You can use these portraits for your “save the dates”, and to announce your engagement on social media!
Engagement sessions are a fun way to capture not only the way you look and the style of the decade, but also to show what hobbies bring you together as a couple!
- Props: This is a great time to find things that represent you as a couple. Think signs, canoes, boats, soccer balls, bikes, motorcycles, coffee mugs. When posing for photos it’s nice to have something to do with your hands, it will make the shoot more personal and help loosen you up at the beginning of the photo shoot! Flowers are a personal favorite! Consider bringing wildflowers, sunflowers, or lavender to add a natural and romantic touch.
Engagement shoots are also a great time to practice working with your photographer and find the poses that work best for the two of you! A good photographer can help capture your personality & help you find poses that work for you both! One time I had a 6 foot 6 inch man, and a 5 foot woman! We had so much fun trying out unique posing to help bring them together, literally!
As far as locations go, some wedding venues let you have your engagement session there at the venue, or you could go to a local park, or a downtown area! I’ve even captured a couple at their home, or a first date spot!
- This is also a great time to test out your hair and makeup wedding professionals, and have fun getting all dolled up!
I’m happy to give you recommendations on how to dress both of you for success! I’ll also give you some great tips on where to shop for these new threads!
- When it comes to choosing what to wear for an engagement shoot, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, as we talked about before, consider the location of the shoot. Location dictates what colors will be complimentary for the scenery. It also helps you think about your comfort too! Wearing high heels in a field or on rocks might not be the best idea! (You could get heel protectors to protect those stilettos though!)
- Secondly, consider the season, I’ve had ladies wear summer dresses to a shoot in February and it is super hard to edit out goosebumps! Try to find a date that will have you feel comfortable (or at least bearable) outdoors. You could also find a inside location if you just love that dress!
- Next, think about coordinating with your partner. You don’t want to match exactly, but you also don’t want to clash. Coordinate colors and styles to create a cohesive look.
Lastly, make sure you feel comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. Choose outfits that flatter your figure and make you feel good. Remember, these photos will be cherished memories for years to come, so choose something you’ll love to look back on!
To guide you a little more, for a rustic outdoor engagement shoot, you might consider wearing earthy tones, such as olive greens, browns, and creams. Flowy maxi dresses or skirts paired with boots or sandals would be a great option for a feminine look, while wearing jeans or khakis with a simple white blouse or flannel shirt could give a more casual, laid-back vibe. Layering with a denim jacket or cozy sweater can add texture and interest to your outfit. Don’t forget about accessories, like hats, scarves, or statement jewelry, to add a personal touch. Ultimately, the most important thing is to choose something that makes you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin!
For a downtown engagement session, you might consider wearing something a bit more sophisticated and trendy to fit the urban environment. A sleek cocktail dress or jumpsuit paired with high heels can create a chic and stylish look, while a tailored suit or blazer can give your partner a polished and handsome appearance. Don’t be afraid to incorporate bold patterns or statement pieces to stand out in the bustling cityscape. Just remember to choose something that makes you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin!
A few stores/brands that I recommend: Free People, Filly Boo, ASOS, Lulu’s Vici Collection, Red Dress Boutique, Forever 21, Windsor, Zara, Joyfolie, H&M, J Crew, Anthropologie, and Altered State. Also, local boutiques can help you find something stylish and modern!
Hope these ideas helped! I’d love to work with you!
Sheri Holloway Photography is located in Branson, Missouri, but also travels for photo shoots all over the USA, and Europe!