What to Wear for an Engagement Shoot


Engagement shoots are always hard to prepare for. You want to look your best, you want to be yourselves and you want images that truly reflect you as a couple. A lot of the choices that you will make for your engagement shoot will be extremely personal to you, such as the props that you decide to bring or what the style of your hair and makeup will be. Even your clothing choice is going to be personal. However, there are a few tips that I can give you that will hopefully lead you in the right direction.


1) Wear clothes that reflect who you are as a person.

Don't feel like you have to dress up in your smartest clothes if that's not you. There is nothing wrong with showing up to the engagement shoot in jeans and a t-shirt. However, if you always dress up to the nines then by all means come in your fanciest ball gown. Having your photo taken can be unnerving at the best of times and adding extra discomfort by wearing a clothing style that you wouldn't usually wear won't help.


2) Wear pastels, cool colours and neutral tones

This may go against what I said in the 1st point as I'm now telling you what sort of colours to wear. However, these point are just guidance so if you don't feel comfortable wearing pastel colours you don't have to. This list is just to give you some ideas or spark your imagination. The reason that I say to wear pastels, cool colours and neutral tones is because colours like orange and red are bright and so the eye will be drawn to them first and you want all of the focus to be on you.


3) Incorporate at least one accessory

Adding an accessory, such as a scarf or large necklace for the ladies and layers for the guys add extra visual interest to a photo and therefore photographs well.


4) Don't match outfits (but complimenting each other is ok...in both senses of the word)

Don't wear matching prints, such as stripes as these will clash and make your photos look awkward. However, it is perfectly ok to colour match (for example if the lady is wearing a green scarf then the man can wear a green t-shirt).


5) Stick with two outfits

Having more than two outfits for the shoot can over complicate matters and the resulting photos can look muddled. A good idea is to have one outfit each which is casual and one outfit that is smarter or more glamorous. Plus the more time that is taken up by changing outfits the less time we'll have to actually capture beautiful images (and that's what we're here for at the end of the day).


6) Choose outfits that are classic rather than trendy

How often have you looked back at photographs from the 1970's and 80's and thought what on earth were they thinking when you look at their outfits? Well we don't want the same to happen to you in 30 years time so I advise that you wear a classic, ageless outfit rather than something that is 'in' this season.


7) Flatter your body type

If you are struggling with picking out an outfit then hopefully this guide will help:

Pear-Shaped: To show off your curves, focus on cinching the waist with an A-line design that flares at the bottom.

Apple-Shaped: An A-line style with a gradual flow from the waist to the legs is always flattering. This shape is also great for a dress with texture and/or a deep V-neck.

Busty: Scoop and sweetheart necklines offer support and open up the décolletage so the focus is on the face rather than the bust.

Small Chest: Look for textured or ruched styles to create fullness in the chest area.

Plus Size: Wear something along the lines of an empire-waist dress as they're super flattering and emphasize the smallest portion under the bust, creating the effect of a slender silhouette from top to bottom.


8) Dress for the season

If the shoot is taking place in the Autumn then wearing shorts and t-shirt probably isn't the greatest idea for two reasons: firstly, you'll get cold quickly; and secondly the Autumn colours and your clothes will clash. Also if you are struggling for outfit colours then match them to the season as well. For example, if the shoot is in the summer then light blues and yellows are the way to go but if the shoot is in the Autumn (which is my favourite season for photography by the way...those colours OMG!) then wear earthy coloured clothing, such as browns and greens.


I hope that these tips have given you some ideas on what to wear for your engagement shoot. All that's left now is to book one or if you already have I look forward to making the two of you models for the day.


*The image at the top is a stock image and not one of mine.

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