What to wear for couples photoshoot

What to wear for your couples photo session

5 tips to help you choose what to wear and nail your look for your upcoming photo shoot.

Engagement sessions, anniversary photos, or just your good ol’ couple’s adventure session. No matter what you are preparing for everyone always asks the same question “what the heck do I wear?” Don’t you worry fam. I am here for you, and I am going to share with you my top tips and tricks to help you pick out the PERFECT outfit for your upcoming couples session.

1. Stick to neutral colours

This is probably the most common tip you are going to hear when planning your outfit, but for good reason. I always recommend to avoid wearing bright colours or big logos. You don’t want your outfit to be the main focus in your photos. Wearing neutral colours will help keep the focus on the connection rather than what you’re wearing.

Winter engagement session in the mountains, couple wearing neutral colours and coordinating outfit

2. Dress Comfortably

Wear something that you feel comfortable in and that you can move around in with no issues. I always get my couple’s running around and being a little crazy with each other. The last thing you want is to be worried about your dress flying up and flashing everyone, or if your bra strap is showing.

what to wear for couples session

3. Match your location

If you are in the snowy mountains a light jacket would probably fit, and you could always add a toque. If you are on the beach by the ocean, you’d probably feel more comfortable in a swimsuit. If you are in your own home, sweatpants and a t-shirt (or no shirt) would be just fine. If it’s the middle of fall, wear colours that will compliment the fall colours. Try to think of what your location is like and what the weather will be, and then dress accordingly.

4. Coordinate

Coordinate, don’t match. Rather than wearing the exact same colours, wear colours that compliment each other. To help you find complimentary colours try finding a colour palette you like and matching your outfits to that.

coordinate outfit with neutral colours, couples outfit inspiration

5. Be yourself

This is THE most important tip I can give you. These photos are about YOU and sharing YOUR story which is why it is so essential you dress like yourself. This is not the time to experiment with new styles. You know what you look good in and feel confident in, so wear that! Be 100% YOU, and ROCK that with confidence!!

what to wear for engagement photos

I hope these tips help you choose your perfect outfit, but don’t stress over it too much. No matter what you wear your photos will be beautiful because they showcase your love and share your story.

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I’m your elopement hype girl and a photographer for the goofball lovers + those who want to make their wedding day an adventure. I’m also the owner of a converted camper van and love exploring the outdoors. You’ll find my heart on this blog. Whether it’s documenting my real life couples or giving my brides + grooms the tips + tricks they need to plan their best elopement, I’ve poured my heart out for you here. 

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What to wear for your couples photo session

  1. Katy Homan says:

    Super-helpful advice for a couples session. Love the fun & playful pics, too – your couples all look so natural on camera! 💛

  2. Henry Tieu says:

    These tips and advice are so helpful. Your photos are also so darn gorgeous. Love your work friend

  3. Ariel says:

    I love your photographs, so fun and natural! Great tips for any couple planning their couples session and wondering what to wear!!

  4. Heather says:

    Absolutely wonderful tips!! And I love all the photos you have along with it…thanks for the inspo! <3

  5. Raelin says:

    Yes yes to all this! Love these photos that you included here, thanks for all the advice!

  6. Kristen says:

    Great advice! This is definitely a handy guide for clients when they book a session!

  7. Chantelle Macaskill says:

    This list is so handy!!! Especially that last one because that makes it so much more comfortable!

  8. Janell P Gaunt says:

    Thank you so much I needed to read this 💜😊

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