Photoshoot Style Guide | What To Wear To Engagement Photos

You’re getting married! And to kick things off, you’re doing an engagement session to celebrate this special season of life, get some photos for your save the dates cards, and show off that pretty ring!

If you’re like me, you spend close to an hour trying on different tops and bottoms, dresses, sweaters and mixing and matching those combinations to come up with the perfect look. I’m indecisive as heck too— I get it.

As a photographer, I know what photographs well and I’m here to let you in on all the info so you can forget the worries, not stress and just focus on feeling your best in what you’re wearing and having fun!


Okay, let’s talk color palette. Earthy tones and neutrals— like dark green, maroon, burnt orange and navy, are timeless colors to wear and will almost always work well with whatever location you choose. As you pick out your outfits, think to coordinate, not match. If you’re wearing a maroon dress, have him wear navy blue and khakis.

ProTip: Limit your color palette to three colors.


Instead of wearing lots of patterns, add dimension to your outfit by dressing in layers. If you’re wearing a plain black shirt, throw a cardigan over top. Or, for the guys, if you’re wearing a white tee, a flannel goes great over it.

There are some really cute patterns out there, but there are also some patterns that won’t show up well in photos— such as patterns with tiny lines or icons. Also note that generally speaking, horizontal lines are less flattering. Remember not to overdo it on the patterns— less is more. Limit each person to one pattern. If you’re wearing patterned pants, wear a more simple shirt. If you and your partner are both wearing patterns, consider mixing them up. If your partner is wearing plaid, maybe you could wear something with floral elements.


Bring a hat that you can throw on and take off, or a scarf if it’s chilly. For the guys, bring a nicer watch to use to add interest for a few shots. Jewelry can really add a lot to an outfit. If you’re wearing a simple shirt, a staple necklace can add dimension.


Try to avoid glittery or dark makeup because it won’t photograph well. If you’re going for a more natural look, even just throwing on lipstick or lipgloss can add a lot to your look. Also, for the ladies, consider painting your nails— even if it’s just a clear coat. I can promise you I’ll be taking photos of your pretty new ring!


Don’t dress like someone else you saw on Pinterest just because you found an amazing outfit idea. You want these photos to represent the real you and your family and not be something that you aren’t. This might mean you wear shorts or torn up jeans or a boho vintage thrift store dress. Just be you!

P.S.: Pinterest is a GREAT place to find engagement session outfit and posing inspiration. If you trust my taste in fashion, check out my engagement session inspo board.