TIPS – Engagement Photo Session

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When I book a session, almost always the first question my client asks is … “What should we wear…any ideas?”  And of course I have tons of ideas.  So here you have it!  Here’s a list of my Do’s and Don’ts to guide you in the right direction:


  • Pick clothing that pops, is vibrant, fun, & fresh…that still maintains your personality.
  • Be comfortable! Wear things that flatter your figure and make you feel good…if you feel self conscious about what you’re wearing, it WILL show in your images.
  • Try on your outfits before the day of the shoot. Too big? It’ll appear baggy and sloppy in images. Too tight / undersized? It’ll bunch up and accentuate problem areas!
  • Think “coordinated” … rather than “matchy-matchy!”  Each of your outfits should be a cohesive outfit that coordinates when put together.  Instead of trying to ‘match’ one another, pick a fun color palette of 3 to 5 colors and spread it across both of you.  Simply avoiding the “we have to match!” mentality will go a long way.  Unless you’re going for that ‘uniform’ look, in which case – own it! Match & smile!
  • Darker colors and long sleeves are both great in achieving the slimming effect (cover up any body parts you’re self conscious of)
  • Bring a change of clothes… 1) fun / casual and the other more 2) formal / dressy…or if you have a favorite sports team you want incorporated, wear matching ‘team attire’ or jerseys
  • Choose colors that are deep, rich, and intense like burgundy, eggplant, teal, coral, rust, yellow, magenta, olive, etc
  • Pair your bright colored clothing with neutrals like charcoal, gray, chocolate brown or army green
  • Use textures and layers to visually add an interesting touch
  • Textured fabrics, such as denim, cable knits, linen, and corduroy, photograph beautifully
  • Layers can be added and removed to create different looks in minimal time
  • When it comes to jeans, opt for the darkest indigo wash, as they are the most flattering and least outdated
  • Make sure you can “move” around in whatever you wear…you’ll sit, walk, jump, climb, and lay down…YUP!! I’ll suggest just about anything to get a great shot!
  • Give your shoes as much attention as your clothes, as they WILL be [highlighted] in your images
  • Lastly, have fun and stand up straight! Nothing’s worse than a sulky-bear who looks wilty! Good posture makes for confident images.
  • Oh and a radiant SMILE will make any outfit — and any photo — worth a MILLION bucks!
  • Most importantly, relax, be yourself! Think of your session as a fun date…these pictures are about celebrating your upcoming life together!


  • Throw on a fresh coat of nail polish ;)
  • Heels are great on most everything…legs look longer ;)
  • Remember to always “Accessorize!!” Whether casual or formal, nothing adds more Pizzazz than earrings, bangles, a watch, and a necklace.
  • If you’re on the fence about your hair, a quick visit to your local salon for a “bouncy” blowdry will add volumes! No pun intended ;)
  • I HIGHLY (did I emphasize HIGHLY enough?) encourage getting your makeup done professionally.  Even if you’re not into wearing a ton of makeup, getting a simple neutral look done professionally with elevate your images.
  • Be sure to let your makeup artist know it’s strictly for photos, they’ll be sure to enhance your makeup for the camera.  Why you ask?  Remember the phrase “The Camera Adds 10 lbs”… well similarly for photography, The Camera Loses Half of your Makeup!  If your makeup looks excessive in person, then it’ll look JUST PERFECT on camera!
  • Bring flip flops, water, a small mirror, touch up makeup, a hair brush; maybe a few safety pins, etc, for emergency fixes… You can keep these things in a small tote and bring it along on your session.


  • Black and white clothing, as they don’t photograph well…the detail in black/white fabric tends to “blow out” in outdoor pictures
  • Dressing in matching “uniforms”
  • Anything with busy stripes or patterns
  • Shirts with large logos/words/pictures…This is distracting and takes the focus away from you within the images


  • Come up with a cool theme that represents you or an era that you’re inspired by
  • Dress the part & coordinate colors
  • Props can be a fun way to express your personality and interests…bring what you love or anything that represents you two as a couple and we’ll definitely incorporate it into your session
  • Research your theme and gather the props.  If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, not to worry, we can discuss during your E-Session Brainstorming meeting and fill in the gaps!
  • Check out this Vintage & Nautical Engagement Session as an example: LINK


    • If your session is packaged with a canvas collage, here’s what you can expect your canvas to look like.
    • Depending on the number of images produced from your session, we can create collages with various designs.