Engaged couple on a Sedona hilltop. Cotton lace dress for her, pink oxford shirt and jeans for him.
Sedona engagement shoot. Cotton lace dress for her, pink oxford shirt and jeans for him.
Engagement sessions ... I love them! I love the way they give me a chance to get to know my clients, and the way they allow my clients to get to know me. I love the way they get a bride and groom comfortable in front of my camera lens long before their wedding day. I love the way they give a couple a chance to really have fun on a photo shoot, away from the pressures of their wedding day.

Over the years, countless couples have shared a big, hairy worry that gets in the way of their excitement about their engagement photos. They simply don't know what to wear. And since many couples plan to use these portraits on their wedding website, guest book, save-the-date cards and more, not knowing what to wear can be a very real concern.

Have no fear! I may not be able to dig through your closet with you to find the perfect outfits, but I can offer some tried-and-true guidelines that will help you find your engagement shoot style!

1. Coordinate! This doesn't mean you have to wear matching outfits. In fact, looking extremely matchy-matchy is artificial and an outdated trend. But your looks should fit together. There are two aspects to coordinating:

A - Level of formality. If he's in a tux, she shouldn't be in a peasant blouse. And if she's dressed to the nines, he shouldn't be in a sports jersey.
B - Color Palette. Drawing from the same color palette is a great way to coordinate! Check out the photos from an engagement shoot I did in a kitchen below. I love the way Alex from AVE Styles pulled these outfits together to create a cohesive look. There's no question that these two belong together!
Couple cuddling on a retro kitchen island. Intimate kitchen engagement shoot.
She hugs him from behind as he cooks. Intimate kitchen engagement shoot.
Beautiful bride holding onto her man in a stylish engagement shoot. Coordinating neutral wardrobe.
Large-scale plaid skirt & gray tee for her, striped shirt & khakis for him. Kitchen engagement.
2. Embrace color and pattern! I know, I know -- you've been told for years that black is slimming and white is classic. But free your mind and your wardrobe from these constraints! I already mentioned the way color can be used to help coordinate. Well, pattern is a perfect way to FIND these colors. Choose an item of clothing with a pattern and then draw colors from within it to create the palette for your outfits. I love the way Dara's scarf in the photos below brings all of the colors in BOTH outfits together.
Auburn-haired beauty daydreams in a floral scarf and lacy top with a muted salmon skirt.
Loving engaged couple hold hands on a Colorado lakeside.
Nuzzling by a Colorado lake. Beautiful outdoor engagement shoot.
One word of warning! Small, tight patterns, like very narrow stripes, aren't the best for photos.

3. Layer and accessorize! Layers and accessories can add so much depth and interest to your photos. They can also turn a decent outfit into a stunning one. In Jeff and Jessica's engagement photos below, Jessica's scarf and belt elevate a simple outfit into one that looks perfectly pulled together.
Peering through a window at a couple in love. Engagement shoot idea!
Blonde beauty sits on her guy's lap in a happy portrait. Engagement shoot.
Detail shot of a stone ring. Great accessories for an engagement shoot!
Besides adding interest, accessories are also a great way to bring your personal sense of style into your engagement photos. Alexis's chunky necklace in this photo is a showstopper, and it adds her special flair to her otherwise casual outfit.
Chunky turquoise necklace, pink off-shoulder top, and jeans. Flattering outfit for everyone!
4. Get fancy! Engagement photos are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull out all the stops for your portraits. Why waste it on an outfit you wore to the grocery store last weekend? I love the idea of choosing a dream dress from Rent the Runway for your session. Most engagement shoots offer time to change your outfit, so you can have one fancy-schmancy outfit and one more casual.
Long dress with a lacy top for her and jeans and a sport coat for him. Effortless style!
Home engagement shoot. Stylish couple in a long ivory dress and jeans with a sport coat.
The most important suggestion I can offer is this: Be yourself, but be the BEST VERSION of yourself. Elevate your outfits beyond the everyday so that you'll have engagement photos that you'll want to show off for years to come!

For more inspiration and examples of photo-ready outfits, take a look at my Photo Style board on Pinterest! You might spot an outfit idea that would be perfect for your own engagement shoot!
4 Tips to help you look AMAZING for your engagement photos!
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