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What To Wear For Engagement Photos


Wondering what to wear for your engagement photos? You’re not alone. We get that questions a lot from our couples and we’ve put together a few tips to help take some stress off. Couples spend plenty of time planning the looks that will show up on everything from their Save-The-Dates to the walls of their house.

1. Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Like Yourself

Now’s not the time to pull out a fancy ball gown if you’re a T-shirt and jeans kind of girl. You want to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. If your wardrobe is uncomfortable, you are going to look uncomfortable in the photos. You should still look like yourself, but at your best. So if you are that T-shirt and jeans kinda gal, go with that. If you love getting dressed to the nines, break out that glimmery ball gown.

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2. Choose A Color Scheme

While bright colors may seem like a good choice because your eyes are drawn to them, you may not want your dress or shirt to be first thing people see when they look at your engagement photos. So consider wearing pastels, cool hues, or neutral tones, then add a pop of bright color with your accessories or shoes. When deciding how you and your partner will dress, look for complementary colors and solid prints. You want to try to stay away from anything too busy or mixing patters like plaid and stripes. If you are planning for multiple outfits for your photoshoot, keep the color scheme in mind throughout the entire session.

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3. Stick With Two Outfits

Although we may all love the trends, you don’t want to fall victim to treating your engagement session as a fashion photo shoot. Just think about all those couples in the mid-’90s who took their engagement photos in white t-shirts and blue jeans. Learn from them, don’t be them. Two outfits is more than enough to reflect your personality, and it insures you won’t spend your entire engagement session in a rush to change into the next set of clothes.

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4. Embrace Layers and Accessories

One quick and simple way to give yourself multiple looks without having to completely change clothes (super helpful when their aren’t restrooms nearby) is to incorporate layering into your wardrobe. Layers like a chunky sweater, denim jacket, or a large scarf, can also double as a fun prop for later on in the shoot? Plus if gives you a little something to do with your hands. Even though I’ll coach you on what to do with your hands, having a jacket or chunky necklace can make you feel a little more comfortable.

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5. Dress For Your Surroundings

Similarly to wanting your wardrobe to compliment your personalities, you want to choose a location that does the same thing. If you both grew up on the ranch and love everything hay bales + open fields, you probably shouldn’t choose a downtown engagement. And if your engagement photos are being shot on the beach, you’ll look out of place in a little black dress and stilettos, unless that juxtaposition is what you’re going for. Again, this comes back to who you are as a couple.

6. Ask Your Photographer For Help

I’m here for you. I’ve done a lot of these engagement sessions, and odds are this is one of the first times you’re stepping in front of a camera. I am constantly scouting for new locations and unique ideas for engagement shoots. Even if you are in another state or another country, I can plan the perfect engagement session location with the help of my handy Google Earth. Thanks Google. A few things to think about are locations that you as a couple frequently visit. Coffee shops, bars, parks, the zoo. Think about places that might mean something to your relationship, like your first date, or proposal location.

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FRIENDS Themed Wedding

A FRIENDS themed wedding?! Yes, that’s right. Dena + Aaron took their favorite ’90s TV show and turned it into a theme for their wedding. Being a ’90s kid myself, I absolutely fell in love with the idea of a F•R•I•E•N•D•S theme for their wedding. And when they told me they were making Rachel’s 8-layer Thanksgiving Trifle, I was completely in.

Dena and Aaron met as all good relationships start, at work. They both worked at the Rudy’s BBQ restaurant in College Station, Texas. They soon began dating and that lead straight to this wonderful night at the Astin Mansion near downtown Bryan, Texas.

The Astin Mansion was the perfect location for these two to promise their lives to each other. They had attended a formal during college that was hosted by the Astin Mansion as soon as they walked through the front doors Dena had told Aaron, “This is where we’re having our wedding.” Fast forward to April 2018 and that is exactly what they did.

They made a replica of Monica’s purple door complete with the little golden frame and everything. In addition to the purple door, there was so much more F•R•I•E•N•D•S themed décor. A custom “Central Perk” sign for the couple, an orange couch that got it’s well deserved attention all night, the colorful umbrellas and coffee mugs, and even Rachel’s 8-Layer Thanksgiving Trifle. They each took a heaping spoonful of trifle as they “cut the cake,” and then opened it up for any guest to come up and try it too. You better believe I did, and I’ve got to say, it wasn’t too bad, beef, onions, and all.

The beautiful and history Astin Mansion hosted as their venue and honeymoon suite – In addition to the Trifle they did have a wedding cake and many cupcakes, all deliciously made by Angelique Davis – An Italian dinner was catered by the College Station Johnny Carinos – Hair and Make-up was beautifully done by North Salon – Dixie DJ Service kept the party going all night with their DJ services – Luke’s Bartending also helped in keeping that party alive – And I was honored to be their Astin Mansion Wedding Photographer for the absolute best FRIENDS themed wedding for an amazing couple.

Seattle Wedding and Engagement Photography


Hey Seattle friends! If you’re planning an elopement near Seattle Washington or if you live around Seattle and are planning to have your engagement photos taken soon, you’ve come to right page. I’m a wedding and destination elopement photographer based in Texas and I’ll be in Seattle from April 11th through the 15th for a photoshoot and I’d love to meet up with you if any of these locations sound at all like something that would fit you and your love.

Do you need to be engaged for this? You do not need to be engaged for this photo session. You can be married and do an anniversary session or you can grab your boyfriend or bestie and meet me for some amazing photos. Below are a few locations I’d love to visit with you,

I always have some music playing during photo shoots so we can all be more relaxed and have a ton of fun. I’m offering discounted affordable photography prices since I’ll already be in Seattle for another photo shoot. $125 for an hour and a half photoshoot. (reg $350)

john@allheartphoto.com to set up a time for your photo shoot

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