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Wardrobe ideas for an Engagement Session

March 1, 2024

One of the most asked questions I receive from clients is

“What do I wear to our Engagement Session?”

                     LET’S FACE IT, PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS CAN FEEL INTIMIDATING!

I don’t know about you, but having your photo taken can be kind of  nerve racking….So when it comes to having your engagement photos taken by a professional, there can understandably be some stress over how to look your best for them. Know that this is perfectly normal and something that most couples ask me about. This is exactly why I wanted to share some of the best wardrobe tips I have for how to show up looking and feeling your best for your engagement session! Get Ready! It’s going to be fun!

TIP #1 MONOCHROMATIC LOOK!

Blue is definitely my favorite color for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is that this color looks good on everyone!  Also a Monochromatic look (using just one color, but make it interesting with textures) makes you look and feel like you belong together! I know you may be thinking that’s a little cheezy, but it’s so cute to coordinate! (not matchy-matchy though!) My husband and I love to do this!

TIP #2.Stick with what you know!

When planning your outfits for your engagement session, make sure you choose something that reflects who you are along with your true style, Don’t feel pressured to dress a certain way just because you feel like you have to! You’ll feel more confident in something that you know you love— which then reflects in your vibe throughout your shoot!I will typically have my couples bring at least two outfits, one more formal and one more casual— but you can switch it up to your own liking and how you see fits you and yours the best!

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TIP #3. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

This one is a no brainer. Make sure you’re dressing appropriately for the weather and location! That means if it’s going to be hot, don’t wear a sweater and jeans, and if it’s cold, don’t go out in a mini dress! You also need to be aware of the type of shoes you’ll be wearing for certain locations and terrain. I always suggest to bring an extra pair of walking shoes so if you do plan on wearing heels or uncomfortable shoes, you’ll have something to switch into for the walking portion!

Big Cedar Lodge Engagement Session

TIP #4.Complimentary colors

The best rule of thumb is to stick to neutrals. That means wearing solid colors (not neons) and sticking with clothing that doesn’t have any crazy patterns or logos. You’ll also want to take into consideration the location that you’ll be shooting in— if you’re shooting in a forest,you’ll want to stay away from greens or browns since you’ll blend in to the background, etc.

A good go to is lighter colors such as whites, beiges, light blues, and pastel colors. All black outfits can work as well, as long as the background isn’t dark.

 

Engagement Photo Tips. White shirts.

Engagement Session Tips

Tip #5. Casual Outfit Ideas

Denim is simple and can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on your preference! You can wear light wash, dark wash or black denim with a simple, solid colored shirt! You can both wear denim for a more relaxed and casual vibe.

Throw on a cute hat or beanie and you have a super casual (but cute) outfit for your sesh!

Yellow shirt and blue shirt. Couple in a loving pose

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TIP # 5. Go Ahead and put on that tux and heels!

If you want to dress it up a bit and make more of a statement, then you can’t go wrong with a flowy dress and some dress pants/shirt. Feel free to go as extra as you want— you can keep the dress super simple and casual or you can get an over the top dress! For the guys, you can opt for dress pants and a button down shirt, or even wear a full tux! Whatever floats your boat!

sheri holloway photography engagement session tips. What to wear for your engagement session.

Long Blue Dress for an engagement session. Beautiful couple in love. He is lifting her off the ground!

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LAST TIP!

So let’s gather up your clothes, lay them out and then Accessorize with watches, jewelry, hats, heels, scarves, jackets (because layering is always a good idea!). Let’s have fun with it!

Posing, and Makeup Tips are coming soon so stay tuned!

xoxox Sheri