3 Tips for Planning your Engagement Session Outfit

January 9, 2020

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Engagement session planning is such a fun part of the wedding process! This is typically the first time we get to meet our couples, spend time getting to know them, and get them in front of my camera!! We get to be creative, shoot in locations that feel like “you”, and you end up with beautiful photos to frame in your home.

But I also know this piece of planning can feel overwhelming. On your wedding day, we know we’ll take photos at your venue, you’ll be wearing your wedding dress, etc. With your engagement session, there can be a LOT of options and deciding on a specific direction or “look” for your session can seem stressful!

I love fashion and helping our couples choose outfits that will not only look flattering, but will also photograph well.  There are a few tips that are universal when planning engagement session outfits, and always result in images that are romantic and beautiful. These tips go a long way in achieving light & airy, fresh, and timeless images that we know you’ll love!!


This is my favorite tip, because I feel like it makes the BIGGEST impact in the way your images look! By selecting softer, more muted shades for your outfits, it will draw all the attention to your faces and allow the eye to focus on the way you feel about each other. It also REALLY helps us achieve that light & airy feel! Dark or bold, ultra vibrant colors tend to be a little more distracting and can look a bit “heavy” in your images, so it’s truly best to avoid those.

Colors the camera LOVES: shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like creams, heather gray, leather brown and white.

Pro-tip: solid colors photograph best!! Patterns (especially those smaller than a dime) can have a weird visual effect in-camera, AND can result in images that look a little too busy. Solids are best!!


Do you ever wonder how couples get their outfits to look SO amazing together?! It’s because outfits look the most cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually match.

So, how do you do that?

Each of you should wear a DIFFERENT dominant color, but stay within the same color family. So, if you (the bride) wears a blush colored dress and nude heels (blush is your dominant color) then he could wear a navy suit coat and gray pants with a brown belt and shoes. He has his own dominant color (navy) while still coordinating perfectly with your outfit!

Pro-tip: have your man wear a pocket square that is the same color as your dress! In the above example (and photo below) it would be blush. It ties both of your outfits together and adds an element of style!


There is NO SUCH THING as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement photos. This is your ONE chance to do it up!! If there’s a dress you’ve been eyeing but just haven’t had an occasion for it, this is the perfect time for it. Remember, you’ll never do this again, so go all out!!

Ladies: there’s nothing more romantic than a feminine, flowy dress. Dresses and skirts look the most stunning on camera because they flatter the female body. I always recommend long dresses or skirts because they look amazing on everybody and they bring an element of movement to your images (they have the twirl factor, and add romance to your walking images!)

Guys: the same way that dresses have a flattering effect on women, blazers or a sport coat do the same for men. You honestly can’t go wrong with a dress shirt, slacks and a sport coat, or a well-tailored suit. I know it can seem like a lot, but trust me, you’ll be glad you chose this option once you see just how great it looks on-camera (resulting in a very happy bride!!)

Pro-tip: Need some ideas on where to shop? Our brides love places like Rent the Runway, Nordstrom, and Ann Taylor for pieces that are classic & timeless, and won’t break the bank!!!

Hey! I'm Katie!

This is where I share not only my work and show off my sweet couples, but also (many) pieces of my life. I'm an open book when it comes to talking about things I love, current obsessions, my cute pup, and my amazing hubby, so I hope you love reading about it! Also, you'll find quite a few resources for planning the wedding you've always dreamed of, so grab yourself a latte and start exploring!

-cheers, Katie

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