What to Wear for an Engagement Session - Heather Anderson Photography

What to Wear for an Engagement Session

Mar 29

wedding advice


 Their outfits reflected their personality and went well with the location.

Their outfits reflected their personality and went well with the location.

Engagement season is in full swing!!  So many couples said YES over the holidays and now it is time to get dolled up and snap some engagement photos. For some of you this leads to the question…. but what do we wear?

For all of you HA Photo Couples (#HAPhotoCouples) out there, here are some tips and tricks that will prepare you for your engagement session! Some of this I have sent along to you already in your welcome kits.  However, this blog post will go a little further in depth.

1. Most of my couples have 2-3 outfits for their engagement session. We usually start with the more causal outfits and move to the dressier outfits.  A good tip to remember is adding different shoes or accessories can go a long way to changing your wardrobe without having to do a complete outfit change.

2. While it is great to compliment your future spouse in photos, you do not have to be twins or matchy-matchy.

3.  Mix things up a bit, If one of you is wearing something with a lot of color and pattern, sometimes have the other person wear something neutral to tone it down a bit.

5. Sometimes simple is best!  You don’t need to overthink it.  Wear something that you would normally wear out on the town or for a date.  If you are wearing something you would never find in your closest and you purchased only for this shoot you will most likely feel uncomfortable and not like yourself.

6. Make sure you are equal when it comes to how formal your attire is. If your future spouse is wearing something for a cocktail party…. then you probably shouldn’t be in shorts and flip flops.

7. If you love ROMANTIC images, consider wearing something long and flowy! I absolutely adore photographing fabric that flows, the movement is beautiful! If you love that light and airy look go for light & neutral colors!! Don’t be afraid to be yourself and wear something that is unique to you! Be creative, and let your unique personality shine through.

8. If you’re wearing plaid or other patterns, the bigger the better!! It would be better to have a solid dress shirt than a shirt with teeny tiny patterns. The camera can’t pick those tiny patterns up from far away.

9. Accessorize! Scarves, necklaces, belts…. I love them all! They can add so much to an outfit AND it gives you something to hold onto if you don’t have long hair!

10. Last but not least, this is a tip that I highly recommend paying attention to: Wear attire that is flattering to your figure and your skin tone. This may seem like common sense but sometimes we just want to purchase something that is hot or trendy. We all know that everyone has certain things that look GREAT on them and certain things that aren’t really made for them. For example, I don’t like the way my arms photograph in a tank top or strapless dress.  I also don’t look good in reds.  If I showed up to a photo session in a red tank top, I could have the most beautiful photos taken but I would not like them. If you don’t like the way you look in something on a normal, day-to-day basis, you’re not going to love the way you look in your images.

Bonus Tip!!!

Having your hair and make up professionally done for your session will make all the difference in how you feel and look in front of the camera.  Plus it is a great time to do a trial run of your hair and make up to make sure you like the way it photographs for your wedding.  You’ll love your images so much more if you are confident!!  I know some great hair and make up artists if you need any suggestions.

 These two had wardrobes that were on point!  They both look amazing and I love her long flowy dress!

These two had wardrobes that were on point!  They both look amazing and I love her long flowy dress!




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