Engagement photos :: What to wear, how to pick a location, and when to book

May 24, 2011

What to wear It’s always nice to have two to three outfit options for your engagement session. (Undecided? Bring more and I can help you narrow it down!) The key thing is that you need to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. Clothes should fit you well and should be wrinkle and stain-free.


  • Logos and text. Unless, of course, you want to do something off-beat and fun like a team jersey (Gators anyone?) for one of your options!

  • Clothes that are too baggy or too tight. Dress for your body type! Clothes that fit you properly will be the most flattering in photos.

  • Sleeveless clothing can sometimes be unflattering. If you’ve got sleeveless options, perhaps bring a cute cardi or jacket to throw over it!

  • Being all matchy-matchy. You don’t normally dress like clones, why do it for your photos? Complementary colors are a good way to go. However, if you’re dressy, then your guy should be dressy. If you’re casual, he should be casual.

  • All white and black shirts with jeans. These are looks best left at home.

So you’re probably wondering what’s left?!

  • Jeans are always a good choice.

  • Flirty and fun dresses photograph well. Just be mindful of the length!

  • Bright, solid colors photography well. If you absolutely must have a pattern, then your other half should be wearing something solid that complements it.

  • Funky accessories! Bring a variety and we can play with options.


What about locations and props?

I can suggest pretty locations to you all day. But let’s make it meaningful to you as a couple! Do you guys love riding bikes together? Let’s shoot that! Coffee shop connoisseurs ? Why not shoot there? Did he propose at Bok Tower? Why not shoot in the gardens? Bring your pet…fun props that showcase your hobbies together…you’re only limited by your imagination. Stuck on ideas? Let’s brainstorm. Call me and we’ll come up with some creative options for personalizing your shoot.


When to book your engagement session

When you book your engagement session depends largely on how you hope to use the photos. If you want to use them for your save the dates, you’ll want to book your session four to six weeks before you want to mail them to your guests to allow time for editing, designing, printing, and, oh yeah, envelope addressing! If you want to have a photo guest book at your wedding, I’d suggest doing your engagement photoshoot no later than two months prior to your wedding. Again, this will allow time for editing, designing, and printing.

Got questions? Call me. Email me. Send smoke signals! That’s what I’m here for!