(Closed) Engagement Session Questions

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Hello! Congrats! I absolutely loved my engagement session despite it being freezing out. 

1. I brought 2 outfits (for each of us)

2. We stuck with casual (depends on the where you are getting them done )

3. I did my own make but choose to get my hair curled.  I normally have pin straight hair & figured it would be windy. Really happy with the way it came out. 


Hope this helps!!


Here are a few pics πŸ™‚




Post # 4
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had two outfits for our E photos: one casual and one slightly dressier.  You should talk to your photographer about how many outfits you should have.  I would recommend something a little dressier than normal, but something that still makes you look and feel like you.

Post # 5
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We had 2 outfits.  Changed out top layer and our shoes.  We wanted to make it quick and easy to change.  I can share with you the style guide I got from our photographer below.


As far as clothing, we have found that photos are more flattering if groups/couples focus on coordinating outfit styles instead of matching exactly. You can use complementary colors or a similar theme (such as both being dressed up in winter clothes vs. one in casual summer stuff and one bundled up in cashmere), and “J. Crew” dressy-casual styles tend to photograph better (light layers and accessories add depth, texture, and interest vs. wearing a single top and jeans — basically, look like a million bucks with attitude). Scarves, belts, loose cardigans layered over
a favorite tee or tank, a cowl-neck sweater, a long, romantic necklace…whatever makes you feel really, really, really ridiculously good-looking! Don’t be afraid to look like you’re ready for a magazine shoot, because that’s what makes those photos look better than real life.

So here’s the cheat sheet:
● Coordinating colors is cool, but it isn’t necessary, and don’t try to match exactly.
● Light layers ROCK: layered tanks, layered jewelry, etc.
● Fun accessories instantly add style (guys rocking fedora hats, girls rocking heels,
chunky necklaces, bling)
● Don’t be afraid to glam it up with faux lashes or a dressier outfit/hairstyle
● Consider bringing a 2nd layering option that you can switch easily (a jacket or cardigan, different shoes or accessories) to add variety to your photos
● Wear what makes you feel confident & gorgeous!
● Watch out for super busy patterns & really vivid colors (especially neon pinks/reds) — they tend to look a little “digital” in photos


Here is our sneak peak post I did (our photos were just taken over the weekend).  Hope that helps.



Post # 6
15 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

Clothing wise I think that is up to you. I normally see 2-3 outfits. Make up and hair is up to you though, do you feel that you will be happy with your make up skills? if yes then do you, if you don’t then maybe hire someone but make sure they don’t go over the top, unless that is what you like. 

Us, personally, we are doing about 4 differnt days of shooting because we are doing themed sets that will require going around to do them. But we normally do this , dress up in themes and run around, plus it taps into my artist/model side. 

Really I would say just be you, if you guys would dress in four to five differnt outfits then do that. If you guys are more cassual then go more cassual. If you still have worries talk to your photographer. My guess it isn’t their first and might have some pointers for you as well. 

Post # 7
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think 2 outfits is fine. I did jeans with a plain blue shirt with ruffled sleeves to jazz it up and casual heels and a “fancier” outfit cotton pink dress with nicer nude heels (I wear this outfit to work, so it’s not super formal or anything but business casual i would say).  FI wore jeans and a button down shirt with flip flops for the casual outfit and jeans with a button down shirt and “nice” shoes (aka brown business casual shoes) for the “fancier” outfit.  THey came out great!

My general tips would be:

-wear something you’d wear in every day life – don’t try and get something special and cool for the pics – you won’t be comfortable rocking it

-wear plain fabrics (no patterns) and avoid black

-coordinate your colors with Fiance but don’t go over the top matchy (i wore a bright pink dress and Fiance wore a white shirt with light pink checkered – it was the perfect amount of coordination)

-i suggest going with a bright colored top or dress and leave the rest neutral – the pop of color of my pink dress looked amazing in every setting. 

-don’t go heavy on the accessories


Post # 8
58 posts
Worker bee

posting so I can find this again! 

Post # 9
1445 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

1. Three is fine. I did three.

2. whatever you feel comfortable in. I feel comfortable in all sorts of levels of dressy-ness, so we went from casual, to cocktail attire.

3. I did my hair and makeup on my own, but did get a bit frustrated with hair the morning of. Just know what you want to look like and practice your look before hand. And come up with back-up plans if the ewather decides not to cooperate with your hair that day. lol. πŸ™‚

Here’s some pictures of ours:




Post # 11
1445 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@iadornyou:  Thanks! I just realized this was an old thread, but maybe it can help new brides-to-be.

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