What to Wear During Your Engagement Photo Shoot

We often get a lot of questions about what to wear during an engagement photo shoot, and if you were wondering the same thing, check out our best tips after the jump.


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1. Your attire and accessories should complement the location. High heels for a shoot in the woods won't look right.
2. The colors of your outfits should play off the location. Bold hues look great in a more gritty, urban environment, while softer shades look nice in a rustic setting.
3. It sounds like a no-brainer, but choose clothing in complementary colors. His bright red shirt and your pale lavender cardigan are going to clash in photos.
4. Be sure to bring a change of clothes (or two) and extra accessories so you get a variety of looks.
5. Your ensembles should also match formality-wise. If you're wearing a cocktail dress and heels, he needs to do better than jeans and a T-shirt.

This supercute engagement shoot by Pamela Lin Photography is a great case study—I love how bride and groom Kim and Cass dressed perfectly for their casual SoCal shoot in Santa Monica and Venice. They deftly mix-and-matched jeans, button-downs, blazers, stripes, and plaid so that the end result looks coordinated but not overly matchy-matchy. My favorite details are their shoes: bright red canvas Toms, leather Sperry Top-Siders, and tan Clarks and pumps—so cleverly thought out! —Heather Lee

Also, read more helpful engagement shoot tips or visit our local listings to find your photographer.


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