How to Dress for your Engagement Photos

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You’re engaged, congratulations!! This is such an exciting time in your life, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you every step of the way. By now, you’re getting ready to take your engagement photos (yay!), or else you wouldn’t be reading this blog. 😉  This is probably the first thing you and your new fiancé will do that will make it all feel real. That’s a big moment! While this time is so exciting, it can also be a bit nerve wracking getting in front of the camera for the first time. We want you to feel confident and comfortable, and that starts with your outfit. So what should you wear for your engagement pictures? There are so many options and ways to go, it can seem a bit overwhelming. We’re sharing some of our best tips, just for you!
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Why not get all done up for your engagement pictures? This is such a fun way to celebrate your engagement, and set the tone for your special day. Long, flowy dresses look stunning in photos, and can we talk about those suits? So dapper! This is also a great time for brides to do a trial run for their wedding make-up. One of our favorite things couples do when they go full glam is turn it into a date night. You both look AMAZING, so you should go out on the town!
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Want to save the full glam look for wedding day? Keep it casual! Throw on your favorite pair of jeans, and a cute top for a clean and simple look. A more casual vibe is particularly great for any outdoor pictures, so that you can get a little crazier with your backdrops and photo prompts. One thing to avoid in this style is any text on your clothes. Eyes go right to text, and we want everyone's eyes to go to your beautiful faces!


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 Are you hoping to wear two outfits for your engagement pictures? You can absolutely do that! Our advice here is to wear one formal outfit, and one outfit that you’d wear every day. Start in your dressy outfit (they are typically harder to change into on-site), and then change into something you’d wear from day-to-day.

When you look back on your pictures, you’ll see yourselves in both your natural element and all dressed up - how fun! Keep in mind your location might not have facilities to change in (you may have to do an outfit change in your car) and that wardrobe swaps contribute towards your photography timeframe. Fast-change outfits that you can slip on or off are best!


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 Engagement pictures are beautiful in all seasons, but make sure you dress the part! Cozy sweaters, blankets, and cute knit hats are some of our favorite looks for fall and winter engagement sessions. Our advice here is to really play to the time of year, and fully commit to that season's look!


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Patterns are a fun way to add some dimension to your engagement pictures. We often get questions from couples about patterns, and if they’ll be too crazy for the camera. The answer is no! Patterns are always welcome in our engagement sessions. The one thing to note is that if you decide to wear a pattern, your partner should stick to a solid. If you both wear a pattern, they will compete against each other and your eye will go directly to the patterns instead of your faces. Nobody wants that! 


 As a general rule of thumb, we like to say keep your accessories to a minimum. This will keep the focus on your new favorite accessory - your ring! Our favorite accessory for engagement pictures? The furry members of your family! Your engagement session is a great way to include your furbaby in your wedding, especially if they might not be able to be there for your actual wedding day (double check with your venue that they allow pets!). Plus, it’s a great excuse for adorable family photos like these! Just be sure to check the guidelines of your location & with your photographer beforehand to see if you can pose with your fur family.


At the end of the day, wear whatever feels like the two of you. Whether that be your best dress, or your favorite t-shirt. As long as you feel like you, your love will shine through in pictures! 


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