How to: Dress for Your Engagement Photos


I know from personal experience how overwhelming it can be to figure out what you and your fiancé should wear for engagement photos.

Austin, being as hot as it is during certain stretches of the year, can narrow your choices down even further.

Decide What Look You Are Going For

Do you want a high-end, more formal look? Casual, light, and natural? Fun and quirky?

It all starts with the location.

  1. Urban: Is achieved by selecting locations with more concrete and buildings than grass and trees.

This is a great choice if you want to dress up and take more formal engagement photos. Downtown Austin is a great location choice.

  1. Airy/EarthyIs achieved by choosing a park, field, garden, or other natural space.

This works wonderfully with flowing dresses, light colors, and more relaxed hairstyles. Some great Austin area locations for this look are:

The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas

Stagecoach Park, Buda, Texas

Mayfield Park, Austin, Texas

  1. Cozy/Casual: A fun and intimate option is to dress in a way that you may on any typical day, and do an in-home engagement photoshoot (if you live together).

This gives you the chance to capture not only the two of you, but gives you a snapshot of your home at this stage of your life.

Cozy up on the coach with a blanket wrapped around your backs, a couple of cups of coffee, and let your photographer create images that capture the way you feel when you have a day-off to just be together.

Start with What You Already Own

Before you go shopping, check your closet and look for pieces that may already work for the look you’ve decided on. After you have gathered things that you know you want to wear, you can purchase anything else that will make the look come together.

Of course, you are free to go out and buy entirely new outfits if you choose, too.

Start with One Base Item, and Build from It

Choose one color family, and add a few pops of one or two accent colors.

For instance: Everyone could be in shades of grey and black, but add gold accents with a gold scarf and gold hairpiece on one person, a gold wrist watch on another person. Just be careful not to get be too matchy (this isn’t prom).

Do you have a favorite dress that you definitely want to wear for your engagement session? Base the rest of you and your partner’s looks on that dress!

Choose Colors That Will Complement the Location

1. Parks/Green Spaces/Gardens

  • Blues
  • Pinks
  • Yellows

2. Urban Spaces, Downtown

  • Reds
  • Metallics
  • Black
  • Neutrals

What to Avoid

There are definitely exceptions to these rules, but some things that may be best to avoid are:

  • Denim (The exception would be dark-washed jeans with a nice blouse and heals)
  • Graphic Tees
  • Too many large prints
  • Matching shirts

You Can Always Ask Your Photographer for Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask your engagement photographer for help. They will have insight on choices that will work best for your specific location, looks, and personalities.

Have you scheduled your Engagement Photos yet? Check out my pricing page, or contact me to talk about your session!

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