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What do I wear for an engagement shoot? | Outfit Tips

By, October 26, 2017

It’s a question many couples ponder as they prepare for their engagement photo session. What do we wear? Bright colors or muted tones? To match or not to match? Should we go casual, elegant or creative? All it really takes are three simple principles! Here are our suggestions:

  1. Stay true to you. Your shoot is a great opportunity to express your shared interests, personality and style. Wear outfits that reflect who you are as individuals, and also as a couple.
  2. Coordinate (not match). Whether your outfit choice reflects a love of the outdoors, going out for cocktails, or chilling at the beach, your mate should be wearing something with a similar vibe. We suggest though to not wear matchy outfits though. Most people don’t go out together wearing the exact same thing. If you want the shoot to be more believable, find commonality within your outfits, but don’t duplicate them.
  3. Keep it clean. Overly casual choices, like t-shirts with a lot of graphics, are not the most aesthetically pleasing. If patterns and prints are your thing, it is recommended that you opt for clean and consistent patterns.

Join us as we explore a few couples who put these simple principles into action, and see how they did it.

A young couple enjoying the sunshine
Fashionable couple overlook downtown.
Not quite sure which outfit expresses you best? Follow Brittani and Johnny's lead, and plan enough time for a wardrobe change. To the left we see a sexy-chic approach, much like their location of choice, The Ultimate Skybox. On the right, we see completely different cool look and style.
A lover's embrace
Engaged couple tailgate on campgrounds.
Staying true to their mutual love of nature, Lauren and Sean chillaxed outdoors, while sporting casual and coordinated threads
Examples of what to wear for portrait session
Couple kissing in park
Christina and Eric decked out in modern fashion for a day in Balboa Park. Christina's chevron stripes provided a simple, clean flair to their chic look.
Couple cozies up under cactus
Couple kissing amidst palm trees.
As we see from Xochitl and William's shoot at Scripps Seaside Forum, an engagement session is an opportunity to capture your love of a night out on the town, as well as for each other!
Happy couple playing on the beach.
By incorporating both La Jolla's upscale shopping district and the casual vibe of the Scripps Pier, Mahta and Kamran went for completely different looks within the same shoot!

Check out full galleries of our engagement photo shoots

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