Engagement Shoot Tips!

May 15, 2014


If you’re anything like me, one of the first questions I always ask before doing anything is “What am I going to wear?!” An engagement photo shoot would be no exception. Engagement photos are a great way to capture the beginning of a new chapter of your lives together, and also serve as a nice way to announce your engagement to friends and family. However, your beautiful, smiling faces are just a part of these photos, there are many factors to consider such as your clothing and props. Now, we are not professional photographers by any means, but we feel like we have seen enough engagement photos to have a good idea about what looks good and what doesn’t. So, with that said, here are some of our top tips for how to look your best for your engagement photos!


Photo by Kelsey Lauren Photography

Be yourselves! No matter what outfits you settle on, make sure they reflect who you are as a couple. The best photos are ones where your personalities shine through!

Be comfortable! This means that the clothes should not only fit well (no one wants to have to constantly remember to suck that tummy in), but also make you feel great. Not sure if you’re going to be able to stand steadily in the brand new stilettos you just bought? Skip them! Go with your trusty wedges that not only make your legs look great, but are also easy to walk in. When in doubt, stick with the classics and basics. If you’re not sure if the clothes you want to wear are just a part of a “phase” or an effort to keep up with a “trend,” consider sticking with a simple dress that will never go out of style instead. The little black dress is popular for a reason; you won’t look back at your engagement photos in 20 years and wonder “what was I thinking?” The typical couple picks 2-3 different outfits for their photo shoot. Your outfits should work well together, but don’t necessarily need to be identical. For instance, it might look kind of odd if you were wearing a casual sundress while your fiancé was wearing a formal suit and tie. Try having him wear a casual button down and jeans to go with your sundress and you can wear a cocktail dress to go with his suit an tie outfit.


Photo by Kelsey Lauren Photography

Don’t forget about your hands, feet, and shoes! Get a manicure and pedicure before the photo shoot. Your hands need to look great because there are going to be a lot of photos of your ring! Some people forget, but photographers will be taking some full body shots. Nothing ruins a great outfit like a scuffy pair of shoes.

Don’t neglect your makeup! Even if you’re usually a no makeup kind of girl, dusting some powder over your T-zone won’t hurt. Heck, even giving your fiancé a light dusting might be a good idea too! Make sure any make up you wear is matte and SPF free as shiny, glittery, sparkly makeup can make you look oily and doesn’t photograph well, and SPF can give you a white cast in flash photography.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and bring props! Does your fiancé play a mean guitar? Bring the guitar and take some photos of him playing the guitar and singing to you. Did you guys meet at a bookstore while reaching for the last copy of Harry Potter? Bring that book! Are you both obsessed with Star Wars? Take a fun photo as Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper! All that matters is letting your personalities shine through.

Coney Island Engagement Shoot

Photo by Clean Plate Pictures

The most important thing to remember is to have fun! If you enjoy yourselves, the camera will capture some truly amazing shots.