(Closed) Tips for Casual Engagement Photo Session?

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Basic casual skirt and nice top for her? Cotton polo and khakis for him? Casual, yet not too dressy.

Post # 4
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We just wanted to look like "us" for our e-pics — he wore a polo, jeans, and flip flops, and I wore a cute top with jeans and dressy sandals.  If we had been more dressed up, it might have looked too formal, and we wanted our photographers to capture the everyday us since we’ll be dressed to the nines at our wedding

Post # 5
3 posts
  • Wedding: October 2007

I wore a patterned skirt and sweater type top (sleeveless) and my fiance wore jeans and a tucked in gray polo- we were comfy and it didn’t look too formal. We both wore flip flops too! 🙂 We also brought our dog!

Post # 6
24 posts
  • Wedding: August 2007 - An historic estate

one caveat, first.  we did our more "casual" pics in a more urban setting.
his:  jeans, polo, some vintage air force ones.
hers:  "nice" jeans (tighter, tailored fit, dark wash),  ivory, short-sleeved, light button down that isn’t too work-like or stodgey, favorite open-toed heels.

for our beach pics, he didn’t change.  i donned a really casual swiss dot, black, cotton strapless dress.  i don’t think a casual spring or summer dress can ever be wrong or look too formal when paired with the right shoes.  there are tons of cute wedges and flats out right now that would dress it down.

Post # 7
13 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008


We just took our e-pics last week and I wore a red v-neck sleeveless top (red is one of my wedding colors!), jeans and wedges. As the session wore on, I switched to flip flops I brought w/me. He wore an olive colored short-sleeved button shirt and jeans. Since we’re gonna be dressed to the 9’s for our big day, I looked at our e-session as a chance to display our relaxed fun side!

We’re having a destination wedding so I plan to use one of the pics for our save the date cards

Post # 8
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Good suggestions above.  One point is that clothing with solid colours 9rather than patterns or shirts with words/logos on the front) tend to work better in photos.  You don’t have to be dressed all matchy-matchy with your fiance but you should wear complementary colours (perhaps avoid pink if he’s wearing a red shirt) and you want to be dressed at roughly the same level of dressiness as your fiance.  Don’t wear a fancy dress and heels if he’s wearing jeans and flip flops.

Post # 10
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

The ladies above have offered many great suggestions. I also wanted to add that it would be nice to have different but coordinating shirt colors. Sometimes, depending on the color and texture of the shirts, the bride gets lost into the groom. There will be alot of pictures of you in front of him or side to side.

Post # 11
7 posts

I had mine a few weeks ago around the streets of San Francisco and ended up at the beach. I wore a cream-colored dress with an interesting knit pattern and black flats; he wore a black short-sleeve shirt with jeans and Converse sneakers.

Just got the proofs back and I definitely like how the texture of my dress popped against his black shirt. The only thing that was problematic was that our photog made us jump off things and I had to be careful to not show my cho-cha!


1. Pack a change of clothes and leave it in the car. In my bag I had a pair of jeans, another top and high heels.

2. If you wear white or cream pants or top, be sure it isn’t too see-through or if it is, where a nude (bra, camisole, slip) underneath. That’s what I did. 

3. Also pack a "touch up" kit. I had bronzer, blush, eyebrow curler, lip balm and gloss. Q-tips and eyeliner to reapply over the course of the session. I also had a can of hairspray in there too. I would alsoadd a brush or comb for flyaways. And suncreen in case it’s too blazing!

4. Make sure you wear a color that doesn’t transfer over to your partner’s lips! 

5. Pack water. It’s unbelievable how thirsty you can get after lots of kissing for the camera!

6. Pack snacks. Nuts, pretzels, whatever keeps you going.  

7. I kept tip #3-6 in one bag that I carried around everywhere we went. The only annoying thing is keeping an eye out for it and making sure it’s clear out of the picture!

 Have fun, good luck!

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