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First and foremost, congratulations on your engagement!!! I know what an exciting time this is for you, and now it’s time to plan your engagement session! Maybe you are struggling with what to wear for your engagement photos! Don’t worry, this blog post is perfect for you!

engagement session in Paris, France with couple

As a destination wedding photographer, I am so honored that I have the ability to travel to so many different locations, so I want to make sure that my tips and this blog shows multiple types of locations so you can envision what to wear to your engagement photo session, no matter where you are!!

What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos | Vanessa Hicks Photography

Lake Como Engagement Session with yellow dress in fall in Italy

Your Engagement Session Location Matters

So, this first tip is pretty obvious, but still needs to be stated! Depending on where you are doing your engagement photos, will also depend on what to wear! Now, does that mean if we are on a mountaintop, you can’t be dressy? Absolutely not! You would just prepare to wear workout clothes till we get to the top of the mountain, and then change! Just like if we are doing beach photos, you will want to save those sparkly heels for another time!

Plan for Two Outfits!

Now, this isn’t a necessary, but most of my couples do love to incorporate two outfits at their session for more variety! Typically, it’s one outfit that is more relaxed, and one outfit that’s more formal/dressy! The options are up to you!!!!

outfit change for engagement photoshoot at torrey pines in california
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engaged couple kissing in sedona arizona
engagement session at joshua tree couple in black and white engagement outfits
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beach engagement photos in hawaii

Coordinate Each Other

When it comes to planning your outfit with your fiance’, you want to make sure that you are coordinating each other and staying away from too matchy! When it comes to coordinating tips, I typically suggest having one person in prints, and the other in solids.

Seattle Engagement Session

Now, there are a few ways that “matchy” does work…Like Jada and Ian’s Mountaintop Engagement Session in Hawaii! I love love LOVE this black on black coordinating look, really bringing out the greens and blues of Hawaii!

What to Wear for Engagement Photos | Flowy Dresses!

Now, if you are here or if you are seeing my work, you know that I create a lot of movement in my photos! Cause that’s what I do! So, if it is your style, I truly recommend flowy dresses! And they create movement no matter the location- mountaintop, beach, rocks, you name it, a flowy dress is where it’s at! Some of my favorite recommendations for flowy dresses are Lulus, Anthropology, ASOS, and even Amazon! A few new favorites include Baltic Born Clothing, Vici, and Show Me Your Mumu! Again, for my couples, I am looking/wanting MOVEMENT to give that extra POP in your engagement photos!

For the Grooms – A Suit and/or a blazer does Wonders!

We focus so much on the woman’s clothing choices, but let me tell you, a well-dressed groom is KEY to the photos! So, don’t forget that this is your time to shine too! If your partner is dressed up then so are you! A well tailored suit or a great blazer and slacks does wonders!

Wedding Day Vibes

Another look that I really love is having that wedding look with white!!! It can be very romantic, and works well with backgrounds that make the white POP!

Accessories are FUN!!!!

Yes, ladies, this doesn’t mean just accessories on YOU! Do you want a jacket to play with after, do it! Want to bring your fur babies, do it? Want to bring your bike? DO IT! Think of what is important to you and make sure you use that in your session! One perfect example that I love is when military uniforms are used!

Be Yourself and Have Fun!

Maybe getting dressed up just isn’t you! Or maybe you are not looking to roll around in the sand and water!!!

Do you just want something simple for your engagement session, or maybe you are looking for something fun and unique!?


I will never ever make you do something you don’t want!

Communication is KEY to our session, and I promise you, we will create the perfect engagement session for YOU!

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos

I hope this blog post helped you as you are planning what to wear for your engagement photos! Not only do you want to feel good, but you also want to look good, and of course, choose an amazing engagement photographer to make sure your photos look good!!!

Check out a few of my favorite reviews from a few incredible couples from my engagement sessions:

Our experience with Vanessa was so completely amazing! We were referred to her by one of my friends and she is absolutely the best person to do your engagement photos or any other photos. We didn’t have much planned besides our location and once we set foot there, Vanessa already was having visions of the poses and areas that would get us perfect photos. She has a very lively personality that is fun to work with and helps to get the best smile out of you with her witty humor. She even goes the extra mile to get the shot, sometimes with bruises to herself being the consequence. Overall, she took some fabulous engagement photos of us and we would recommend her for all your photo needs!


Reviews | Vanessa Hicks Photography | Destination Wedding Photographer

We don’t even know where to begin with how incredible Vanessa is! She is passionate, genuine, friendly, and such a professional. Vanessa came early to scope the location for perfect places to take photos, she made the positions feel natural, has a beautiful eye for location/position/editing, makes you feel comfortable and confident while taking photos, and she is so responsive. She is truly there every step of the process and is a pleasure to work with. So happy she is taking photos for our upcoming wedding!

Erika J

Want to discuss your engagement session? Let’s chat and plan out your special day!

Check out a few more engagement sessions on the blog:

Akil and Niki Sunset Cliffs Engagement Session

Shelby and Brandon Engagement Session at Balboa Park

Niki and Ryan’s Sedona Couples Session



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