Preparing for Your Engagement Session


Preparing for your engagement session can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s a unique opportunity to capture the essence of your relationship, and the right preparation can make all the difference. As a wedding photographer of 8+ years based in Austin, Texas, I’ve photographed hundreds of couples just like you. Let’s explore practical tips that go beyond the ordinary, ensuring your engagement session is not only a success but an experience to remember.

chic engagement portrait at enchanted rock

One of the cardinal rules of engagement session attire is to focus on complementing each other’s looks rather than matching. Gone are the days of perfectly coordinated outfits; instead, opt for colors and styles that harmonize. This allows each of you to showcase your individual personalities while still presenting a cohesive and visually appealing aesthetic.

2. Patterns: Less Is More

While fashion is undoubtedly a form of self-expression, overwhelming patterns can be distracting in photographs. Save the bold patterns for statement pieces, and opt for more neutral or subtle patterns to avoid stealing the spotlight from the real stars of the photos—you and your partner.

3. Outfit Changes: Quality Over Quantity:

For a 90-minute engagement session, two well-thought-out outfits are ideal. If you’re uncertain about your choices, don’t hesitate to seek guidance. I am more than happy to help you select options that not only reflect your personal style but also suit the chosen locations and settings.

4. Dress for the Same Occasion:

Imagine attending the same event but maintaining your distinct styles. Dressing as if you’re both headed to the same place enhances the visual harmony in your photographs. Whether it’s casual chic or semi-formal elegance, aim for a unified vibe that reflects your shared journey.

5. Consider the Location:

The setting of your photos plays a crucial role in dictating the overall tone. Whether it’s an urban landscape, a scenic park, or a cozy cafe, let the location guide your clothing choices. A cityscape might call for sophisticated urban attire, while a natural setting may lend itself to more relaxed and earthy outfits.

6. Confidence is Key:

Feeling confident in your attire is paramount. Your confidence not only shines through in photographs but also sets the tone for the entire session. Choose clothing that allows you to move comfortably and makes you feel beautiful. Remember, the positive environment I create during the session is there to boost your confidence further.

7. Embrace Movement:

Dynamic and interesting photos often come from movement. Flowy dresses, fringe, or anything that catches the wind adds an extra layer of visual intrigue. Embrace the opportunity to infuse life into your photos with clothing that allows for graceful movement.

couple wearing sunglasses at their courthouse elopement

8. Accessorize Thoughtfully:

Accessories can elevate your look and add a touch of personality to your photos. Jackets, hats, and sunglasses not only protect you from the elements but also provide the perfect opportunity for a second look. Choose accessories that complement your outfits and contribute to the overall aesthetic.

9. Shoe Comfort:

Comfortable shoes are non-negotiable. Break in your shoes before the session and ensure you can walk comfortably, especially if we’re exploring diverse location settings. Uncomfortable shoes can distract from the joy of the moment and hinder natural movement.

10. Beauty Treatments: Timing is Everything:

Experimenting with new beauty treatments right before your session is a risky endeavor. Stick to your trusted hairstylist and avoid last-minute haircuts. Similarly, hold off on spray tans and other treatments that might have unpredictable results. Consistency is key for a timeless and natural look.

11. Nailed It:

Your hands will be in focus during the session, especially if there’s a ring to showcase. Take the time to get your nails done—whether it’s a professional manicure or a well-done DIY job, neat and groomed nails contribute to the overall polished look.

12. Self-Care Basics:

Hydration and ample sleep are your secret weapons for a radiant appearance. Before your engagement session, make a conscious effort to take care of yourself. A well-rested, hydrated version of you is sure to shine through in the photographs.

13. Wrinkle-Free Wonder:

Iron or steam your clothes ahead of time to ensure a polished and put-together appearance. Wrinkled attire can detract from the overall aesthetic, so take the time to prep your outfits in advance.

14. Snack Smart:

A quick snack before your session ensures you’re energized and ready to fully enjoy the experience. Whether it’s a granola bar or a piece of fruit, a light snack can make a significant difference in how you feel during the session.

Preparing for your engagement session is an art, and the canvas is your unique love story. By embracing these tips and approaching the process with thoughtful consideration, you’ll not only look your best but also feel confident, comfortable, and ready to create lasting memories. I look forward to capturing the essence of your relationship in a way that reflects the beauty of your connection. Let’s create something extraordinary together!


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