What to Wear for Engagement Photos

Engagement photo sessions are usually the first time a newly engaged couples work with their professional photographer. Often, it is also the first time you and your fiance have photos taken together. Making sure you know what to wear for engagement photos can make a big difference in the look of your photographs.

Suggestions on what to wear:
  1. Choose comfortable clothes: If you’re not comfortable, it will be noticeable in the pictures. Also, wear comfortable shoes if your location will include a lot of walking.

  2. Choose clothing that compliments your personality: Make sure your clothes look like you and fit your personality.

  3. Choose solid colors: Patterned prints look busy in photos and draw attention away from your face, so choosing solid colors are often best. Also, keep in mind that darker colors are more slimming.

  4. Coordinate your clothing with each other: Wear clothes that are the same level of dressiness and wear similar shades that go together. Choose clothes that look best on you, but don’t be too matchy.

  5. Choose clothes to compliment your location: If you are taking pictures in a field or the mountains, consider a casual dress or skirt for the girl, and a polo shirt and nice jeans for the guy. If you are taking pictures in a downtown area, you might consider more urban clothes, such as a button up shirt for the guy and more dressy pants or a dress for the girl.

  6. Avoid trendy clothing: They will date your photos as soon as the trend goes out of style.

  7. Avoid tight clothing: Tight-fitted pants or tops often restrict movement and make it hard for various poses. They also show curves and can show skin that you don’t want to reveal.

  8. Choose colors that compliment your skin tone: For example, if you have light skin, white clothing can wash out your complexion in photographs.

  9. Avoid any major changes with your hair and makeup: You want your engagement photos to reflect who you really are, and you want to be comfortable in your own skin.

Other things to remember about engagement photos:

  • If you choose a location outside, the best time for the photo shoot is in the late afternoon. You can avoid hard shadows in photos taken in the late afternoon.
  • Plan on having a good time. If you’re in a good mood, it will show in the pictures and you will get more great photos!

Engagement pictures will be used in your photo albums, hang on your wall, and will be placed in engagement announcements and save-the-date cards. Taking a few moments to make the best of your photos will be priceless in the many years to come.


About the Author:

Joe Atkins, Professional Photographer

JoPhoto – www.jophotoonline.com

Joe Atkins is a professional photographer based in Knoxville, Tenn. I have been a professional photographer for 6 years and have been shooting weddings and family photography for 9 years. I also work for a local advertising agency as director of broadcast, and provide HD videography services for weddings. I love that there are so many options for photography in and around East Tennessee, from the mountains and the lakes to everything in between. Capturing the emotions of your special day through candid and creative photography, JoPhoto is affordable, creative and beautiful.

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