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How to Dress for an Engagement Photo Shoot

What do I wear to my engagement shoot?

Not sure what to wear to your engagement shoot? The short answer: whatever makes you happy. But for those looking for a little more guidance on how to dress for an engagement shoot, I’ve put together some tips on how to dress for an engagement photo shoot.

Should you wear white? 

Wearing white, off-white and light colors to an engagement shoot is often a favorite choice. It gives the images a little bit of a bridal feeling and wearing white to an engagement shoot will often stop people in their tracks (or their feeds) to see your announcement. That being said, white isn’t your only option when it comes to engagement photography. Wear the colors you feel most comfortable in. Perhaps there’s a specific outfit that you feel would go well with the location you’ve chosen for your engagement shoot. At the end of the day, these are your engagement photos to celebrate your special story.

Check the weather before you go

You may have planned to wear short sleeves or that perfect sundress, but perhaps the weather isn’t in your favor that day. Check the weather before you leave for the engagement shoot to ensure that you’re going to be comfortable and prepared. Your comfort matters in your engagement photos, and it will show on the camera if you’re a little too cold or a little too warm.

In the grass? Avoid heels

Avoid heels if you’re planning your engagement shoot in a grassy area. This includes parks, fields, forests— anywhere you can foresee your heels sinking into the grass. We don’t want any hazard of ruining the shoes, or for you to have any accidents during the shoot. 

Choose outfits that complement each other

When choosing what to wear for your engagement photo shoot, it’s important to remember that these are photos of the two of you together. Wear colors and patterns that complement each other’s look so your photo you two look cute and coordinated. Look at complimentary colors, similar fabrics and similar tones.

Be yourselves

The most important part of your engagement shoot is that it’s your engagement shoot. Be yourselves when you decide upon your outfits. You want these images to reflect your unique, beautiful love so you can announce your special day to the world. These are simply tips and suggestions that you can take to heart or throw out the window. Your shoot is your shoot!

Quick Tips – How to dress for an engagement shoot

  • Remove any hair ties from your wrists

  • Avoid wearing all black, unless that is a must-have for you

  • Avoid shirts with close together stripes; these do not agree with cameras thanks to the Moiré Effect

Recap the story of your engagement to your photographer. It helps them get to know you a little better and gives them some insight on the love story they are capturing

Get inspired for your shoot with these engagement sessions by Megan Breukelman.

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How to Dress for an Engagement Photo Shoot

  1. Great tips, I would follow because your couples photo came out so authentic and full of love. All the best to you!

  2. says:

    I wish I would have read these and studied more before I had our engagement shoot! Great tips.

  3. This is really a very helpful and smart suggestion. I will be sharing this to my friend who will be soon to be bride this year.

  4. says:

    I love these suggestions. My fiance and I never did engagement photos but your suggestions would be great for any photo shoot!

  5. Great tips! Our engagement photos were shot inside the studio. Outdoor photoshoots weren’t as popular back then as they are now.

  6. says:

    Great tips, now I know what exactly are the things to do to make the shoot perfect.

  7. says:

    Aww lovely pic and tips on what to wear! I would love to have an engagement shoot one day!

  8. says:

    Thank you for these thoughts, I’ll have to bookmark this for the future!

  9. says:

    Thanks for these wonderful tips, engagement pictures are really something you should do perfectly.

  10. These are great tips- thanks! I don’t see engagement photos in my future, but a lot of these are good to consider for any photo shoot.

  11. says:

    Such great suggestions! Engagement photos are so special. Getting them right is important!

  12. says:

    Wow that pic looks great! I love the tip about removing hair ties — I always have a few around my wrist.

  13. says:

    This is such a very helpful post. We all know how can an engagement shoot can be very stressful especially when you don’t have clothes to wear yet.

  14. I absolutely adore your tips! Figuring out what to wear for a photoshoot or any event really, is something that a lot of women agonize over

  15. Such helpful tips. It is a one of a kind event, everything needs to be on point.

  16. says:

    So many beautiful tips here. I would sure consider those tips during my engagement time. Thanks for this.

  17. says:

    These are some helpful tips for those who are not engaged till. I am going to share this with my single cousins.

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