The engagement session is one of our favorite parts of our time together. It is a time to capture you both in this amazing season of your life. Being engaged is sometimes a short journey, and we want you to enjoy every moment of it, no matter how long the planning process. This also gives you both the chance to be in front of our cameras before you get married, allowing your wedding experience to unfold with ease and comfort.

We’ve put together a guide to help you better prepare for your engagement session. On what to wear, what to bring and how to plan.

For Her

Dress it up! This is your chance to dress up! Have you been eyeing a dress, a tulle skirt, or a flower crown you haven’t quite figured out what occasion to wear it to? This is your time. There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement session, so don’t shy away from wearing something different.

Some of our favorite pieces for engagement sessions are flowy dresses and skirts, the movement on camera always looks playful and whimsical. While we don’t recommend jeans or shorts for your session, we always want you to feel your best!

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One or Two, it’s up to you! Most of our brides choose two outfits. not 100% sure on something dressy, no problem, you can wear something that screams more “you“. No pressure on finding two outfits, it’s better to have one you absolutely love over 2 you’re unsure about!

Flattering your features! Choosing a flattering silhouette and color or colors, that will compliment your natural features is best! You want to be comfortable, you will enjoy your time with me much more! Every gal has a particular part they are conscience about, knowing this will help you pick the right outfit. You can consider three-quarter or long sleeves to create a more slimming look, you could bring a jacket or blazer.

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Accessories! Pairing one or two with your outfit can make all the difference, bringing extra dimension to your images. Statement necklaces will be more visible in your images than dainty ones. Both great options! Just depends the look you’re going for. A floral crown, hat, or hair piece can elevate the look even more!

Hair and Makeup! Go all out and schedule some hair and make-up trials. it will really give your photos that “wow” factor and give you an idea of how much makeup you’ll wish to wear on your big day. Remember, that in most cases, it is not normal to wear that amount of makeup so it is common to feel out of place.

For Him

Men look most striking in a well-tailored suit. Doesn’t have one? Reach out to us, Friar Tux offers rentals for engagement sessions, we’d love to send them your way.

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Mix it up! Wear a suit coat, blazer or sport coat with a different pant color, or dark colored blue or black jeans to dress it up!

Layer up! They look great on camera, it is worth the hour or two in them, trust us! It will bring extra dimension and visual interest to your photos.

The Details! Ties, bowties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders- the list goes on! There are a lot of ways to have the guys dress up their look.

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Choosing Colors

We recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding those ultra-bright colors, it will allow to bring all the attention to your faces, the sweet moments, with no obvious distraction. The camera loves soft pinks, muted blues, heather gray, creams and leather brown! The soft tones look great in the outdoor environments.

Coordinating The Looks

Don’t think “matchy-matchy”! While you want to coordinate outfits that will go together, the rule of thumb is to choose tones that compliment each other. You don’t want to both be in all black, or all white, you want to add some depth and some color to tell your arm apart from the other, etc. Think color palette. Choose a dominate color and find another color that will help balance it out.


If you want your engagement session to stand out, or showcase who you are as a couple, make sure to bring items to help personalize it. Bring a little extra something with you like a freshly picked bouquet, a basket filled with picnic goods, a champagne, even comics! Bring anything you’d love to incorporate, we are happy to photograph it for you!

BONUS TIP! Schedule a date night after your session! If you’re all dressed up, go paint the town red!

Check out our blog posts on our Favorite Engagement Session Locations in Orange County.