Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What To Wear to an Engagement Shoot?

Stephanie from 'I Plan It Right' asked me answer a question she had been receiving a lot lately from new brides-to-be. "What do I wear to my engagement photo shoot?" So, she asked me to write a guest blog entry for her on the topic. I really enjoyed doing so! Check out my reply here or over on Stephanie's website

"What to Wear to an Engagement Shoot? "

This is your big chance to play stylist; embrace it and show your personality! To ensure your photos endure a solid shelf-life, try to stick with classic looks and avoid being too overtly trendy.

Don't be afraid to embrace color and texture. While I'm not sure who decided "classic" was a black or white shirt paired with jeans on the beach, I do know the look is looking pretty dated these days. While it's important to match, this does NOT mean you have to wear the exact same outfits. Compliment one another's outfits with the color palette you chose by dressing with each other's choices in mind.

Also, don't be afraid to bring extra options. Sometimes a change of clothes and going right around the corner can create a whole new photo shoot! Always discuss this with your photographer first, as some may charge a fee for outfit changes. This fee is likely far less than the photo shoot, and typically a good deal. You essentially can get two completely unique photo shoots for the cost of one + the fee.

You can't have too many photos or photo shoots; there are endless fun and creative ways to utilize your engagement photos. Save-The-Date magnets, custom thank you cards, a personalized guest book for the wedding day, and fresh photos for your Facebook profile or wedding website are all great ways to put those new photos to use.

The following are a few shots from recent engagement shoots I've done with couples who styled themselves beautifully and thoughtfully. They used the clothes to express their personal style and create a vibe for the photo session. For more examples, please head over to see more of my photos at

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