What to Wear to an Engagement Shoot

One of the questions we hear the most is, “What do I wear for an engagement shoot?” Below are a few engagement photo ideas to help you achieve the perfect look for your photos.

First things first:  Be You.

On the day of the shoot if you are not wearing clothes you you would normally wear, you aren’t being yourself.  The purpose of the shoot is to capture you!  Go through your closet and find the clothes you wear all the time, then go through these tips to make sure they look good!

Second thing: Consider the Season

For Winter and Fall Photo Shoots Consider these Engagement Picture Outfits:

What to wear to an engagement shoot

Ladies: outfits with sleeves are always flattering to arms and a good pair of boots can make any girl’s legs look great

Gentlemen: a button down and sweater with a nice pair of jeans and dress shoes are a great go-to

For more tips for guys check out this Gentleman’s Style Guide to Engagement Photos


For Spring and Summer Photo Shoots Consider these Engagement Picture Outfits:   Ladies: a pop of color never hurt anyone, it photographs beautifully in color and black and white.  Jewelry, a top or even shoes can add that perfect flair! Gentlemen: button down shirts are very versatile- you can wear a sport coat, roll the sleeves, wear it tucked in or untucked so don’t be afraid to throw a few options in.


Bring at least two outfits: one dressy outfit and one casual outfit


* Splurge on professional hair and makeup, a great artist will take you a long ways.  E-mail us to learn more about our favorites!

* Splurge on a great pair of shoes (yes your feet will be in photos). Ladies, heels help you maintain better posture!

* Bring a black top. A simple, dark top allows the focus of an image to be the persons face. An added bonus of dark clothes is that they tend to be slimming.  The Little Black dress is popular for a reason!


* Black not your color…Then dive into a beautiful natural dress or a long and lean cotton dress.  Remember Rule #1- Be Yourself!

* Wear classic styles to prevent the photograph from looking outdated. A little black dress for women and a solid-colored suit for men will never go out of style.

* Ladies, consider a v-neck top. Turtlenecks, thick scarves and sweaters can add bulk to your appearance. V-necks and open collars elongate the neck and body and bring the focus to your face.

* Guys, consider a collared shirt. A collared shirt frames the face and can be very flattering.

The perfect match. A solid v-neck for her, a collared shirt for him


* Always choose sleek, fitted clothes over baggy.

* Feel free to coordinate your look and wear complementary colors with others in the photo, but don’t try to match them.

Coordinated, but not matching:

cute engagement outfit ideas
engagement photo shoot outfits

* Clothes put people in context, so remember to dress for your location and theme. If you’re after a fun vibe, wear things that pop, if you want a more formal vibe, then go for a suit and dress.

* Don’t be afraid to wear things that ‘pop’ such as chunky jewelry, fun shoes, a brightly-colored blazer, a tie, a vest, sunglasses or dress hats.

* Bring your favorite items!  If you like them on an every day basis, you are going to love them in photos!

* Remember to get your nails done!  Especially for Engagement photo shoots, your ring will be a focus!  A neutral or solid color photographs quite nicely.

great jewelry for photo shoots

* Launder and iron your clothes to remove any wrinkles.  We are not your mom, we will not iron your clothes for you (in person or in photo shop).

* Bring props! If you have an animal, play an instrument, have a hobby, have a favorite article of clothing or just a meaningful item, bring it with you. These personal items add an extra flair to your look.

engagement photos with props
ideas for engagement shoot props
What to wear? Dont!

* Don’t over tan.  Spray tans are dangerous!

* Don’t go for solid white button down shirts for the two of you.  We want coordinating not matching.

* Don’t wear clothes that are too tight to avoid ending up with an ‘extra layer’ on top.

* Don’t have your hair cut the day of a portrait. Schedule hair appointments at least a week in advance for a more natural look.

* Don’t forget to iron all wrinkles out.  As stated above, we will not photo shop wrinkles out of every photo!

If your guy is too lazy to shop for himself, sign him up for Trunk Club!  They do the shopping for him!


If you are totally lost and just want to give this over to a professional I suggest you use Trunk Club.  With Trunk Club you get a personal stylist that will pick out your clothes, ship them fedex to your door, you try them on, if you like them you keep them, if you don’t you ship them back for free.  Its that easy.  The best part is that you know the clothes they send your are alw

ays going to be in style, its their job!  Give them a try, you can’t regret it.

Visit Trunk Club Here

For the Ladies, try Stitch Fix it is similar to Trunk Club for for women!

Get other tips from us:

Wedding Proposal Ideas

Engagement Shoot Locations

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What to wear for engagement photos

San Antonio Wedding Photographer Jonathan Ivy Photography is a International photographer based out of San Antonio, TX who enjoys working locally and throughout Texas. Thank you for visiting us and for viewing this San Antonio Wedding.

What to Wear for Engagement Photos | Engagement Outfits and Style Tips
Engagement Outfits and Style Tips