Tips for the Best Engagement Photos

If you are wondering What to Wear to your Engagement Session and maybe are a bit nervous about your session here are a few Tips to help guide you. Before you go running around the mall shopping for new outfits or scan your closet for things you already have keep in mind a few things.

  1. Wear an outfit that Makes you Feel Like You!

    Your Engagement session is not the time to re-invent your style and pull out a ball gown if you are the T-Shirt kind of girl. Choose something that is in your level of comfort. If you choose something thats outside of your comfort level, that will make you feel awkward in photos, which honestly won’t make for very pretty photos.

  2. Complement Each Other, But Don’t Match.

    Complementing your man's look is one thing. But matching outfits and patterned prints aren't ideal for portrait sessions. When deciding how you and your partner will dress, look for complementary colors and solid prints. Try to stay away from anything too busy, as it can be an unnecessary distraction in photos.

  3. Choose Neutral Tones, Cool Colors, and Pastels

    You'll want to avoid anything neon, lest you look like a hot, blinking sign. I also find orange is the least photogenic color, while red is the color your eye is drawn to immediately—and you don't necessarily want your shirt or skirt to be the focus of your photograph. You want your faces and the love between you to stand out. So, consider wearing pastels, cool hues, or neutral tones, then add a pop of bright color with your accessories.

  4. Be mindful of How Your Color Scheme will flow through the photo gallery.

    Once you have an idea of what colors you'll be wearing in your engagement photos, consider how that color will translate throughout the entire collection of photos. You want to create synergy, rather than have the final result look like a random collection of images.

  5. Incorporate at Least One Accessory

    Accessories, such as a stylish scarf or chunky necklace, add serious "wow" factor no matter what you're wearing. Plus, they're easy to slip on and off, which means you'll have a variety of looks with a single outfit. Adding in at least one accessory per outfit for the ladies and wearing layers of clothing for the guys are two things that photograph well because it adds more visual interest to their looks and, as a result, to the images we create together.

  6. Choose Classic Rather Thank Trendy Looks

    When it comes to this I always recommend looks that will remain timeless, rather than outfits that could make your images feel dated a few years down the road. Overly contrived looks can feel awkward and clunky in photos—and you want to look effortless, not like you're trying too hard.

  7. Stick with 2 Outfits

    Engagement pictures are the ones you get to remember who you are at the end of the day when it's only the two of you! Two outfits is more than enough to reflect this, and it insures you won't spend your entire engagement session in a rush to change into the next set of clothes. I suggest one formal look and one more casual option. You'll want to avoid brand names and distracting patterns.

  8. Flatter Your Body Type

Clothing looks best fits properly and accentuates your assets. When selecting outfits choose something that will compliment your body type. Here are some go-to tips are below:

  • Pear-Shaped: To show off your curves, focus on cinching the waist with an A-line design that flares at the bottom.

  • Apple-Shaped: An A-line style with a gradual flow from the waist to the legs is always flattering. This shape is also great for a dress with texture and/or a deep V-neck.

  • Busty: Scoop and sweetheart necklines offer support and open up the décolletage so the focus is on the face rather than the bust.

  • Small Chest: Look for textured or ruched styles to create fullness in the chest area.

  • Plus Size: Engagement photos featuring an empire- waist line are Martini's go-to. They're super flattering and emphasize the smallest portion under the bust, creating the effect of a slender silhouette from top to bottom.

9. Should You Get Professional Hair and Make-up?

It depends a bit on the style of engagement session you want to have and how well you can do your own make-up. If you choose a rooftop engagement session with a long dress and high heels, then yes, you might want to have your hair and makeup done. If you’re having photos taken at the beach, a little more casual might be the way to go.

When it comes to photos, it’s always a good idea to overdo your make up just a tiny little bit, as it will be less visible in photos.

Depending on how comfortable you feel doing your hair and makeup yourself, you might want to make an appointment for professional hair and make up, or even schedule a trial with your wedding day makeup artist. I’ve had brides who did their hair and makeup all themselves and looked gorgeous, and I’ve had brides get it done professionally. Above all else, just make sure you feel comfortable! Some of the Hair & Make up artists that we recommend:

  • Duality Artistry (801-557-0054)

  • David Frohmberg / Salon Teez Naples (239-596-2022 / 239-594-1500)

  • Studio RK Salon (239-489-4144)

We will be photographing a lot of your photos and showing off that engagement ring of yours. I highly recommend that if you enjoy it, you get a mani/pedi 1-2 days before your session.

9. Attitude is Everything!!

Your attitude plays a crucial role on the natural outcome of your images. The more affection you show your future spouse in the images, the better your pictures will look. So don’t hesitate in showing all the affection you two have for each other.

10. Relax!!

Easier said than done!! I Know! You might be understandably a little tense or nervous if it's the first time you're being photographed by a pro, but that will probably wear off quickly. Most couples naturally become more relaxed as the session progresses and I will be there to direct

you every step of the way.

11. Remember, It's All About You!

These photos are so you can look back on this time in your lives when you're old and gray. Though you may choose to post some great photos from the session, at the heart of the matter is, it's not about social media or what other family members want. This is a great time to simply focus on what the two of you desire for the session, and to produce photos of the time you were engaged before becoming spouses. Let’s Have Fun!!!

I am super excited to meet you soon and capture the love between the two of you. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Stella at (239) 233-9433 or email at


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