What to Wear for Engagement Photos - Alison Heffington Photography

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What to Wear for Engagement Photos

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Choosing what to wear for your engagement session can feel really overwhelming! That’s why I’ve compiled a collection of some of my favorite dresses from across the Internet that would look amazing at an engagement session!

Tips for Choosing Your Outfits


When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting lighter, neutral tones and more muted shades. Bright, bold or neon colors are distracting and take the focus away from where it should be: you two and how much you love each other!

You can never go wrong with light neutral colors like cream, taupe, camel, or light gray. The camera loves shades of soft pinks and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light-colored neutrals. That softer, more pastel-leaning color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments and elegant locations.

Dresses & Skirts

I recommend choosing long, flowy dresses or skirts because they’re flattering on all body types, look amazing on camera and bring extra movement and dimension to your photos. Maxi (or floor length) skirts and dresses will add more romance to your walking photos and look especially gorgeous when juxtaposed with nature.

Cute, shorter cocktail-length dresses or midi skirts photograph beautifully as well. My brides who choose to bring two dresses will sometimes choose one of each! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress (or skirt!) or two! You won’t regret it!

Get Fancy

Remember: there’s no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! If you don’t want to spend a ton of money adding a new permanent piece to your wardrobe, a lot of my brides love Rent the Runway for their engagement photos because you don’t have to spend a lot to feel like a million bucks. Plus, you can send the outfits back when the session is over.

Some of my brides love having an excuse to go shopping and purchase a new permanent piece (or two!) for their wardrobe –– and that’s great, too! Whatever works for you!

Here are some of my favorite dresses for your engagement session!

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