well dressed couple sitting on bridge in snoqualmie washington

I have several spring sessions coming up and thought this would be the perfect time to discuss a few engagement session styling tips! I get a lot of questions about this and can definitely see why. Most of us grew up taking family portraits where we all wore the same shirt or some mixture of denim and white. Luckily, it’s much more in fashion to be yourself in today’s world of portraits. Here are a few tips I have:

couple posting at lake serene during their engagement session

Choose a simple color palette that coordinates with the season and wear what you feel good in. For any season, I like neutral tones with splashes of color. I love The Perfect Palette for inspiration on unique color combinations.

couple wearing plaid at mount baker during engagement session

Don’t be afraid of patterns. Just because your honey wants to wear his plaid flannel doesn’t mean you have to be void of textures. Combining floral prints and stripes can be a fun option or even polka dots and plaid!

couple dressed in peacoats during engagement session at discovery park in seattle

Keep your outfit changes simple. I recommend couples bring 2-3 outfits for their engagement session. You could bring something more casual and something more dressy but the simpler you can make it the better so you aren’t spending the better half of your session prepping in the bathroom. Bringing items that can layer is always a smart choice!

girl in cute hat during fall engagement session at stevens pass

Accessorize! I love accessories to finish off the perfect look. Think a cute hat for spring or summer or a textured scarf in the fall. Guys, don’t be afraid of this! I love scarves on men or even a simple watch can really bring an outfit together.

well dressed couple with professional makeup during engagement session on bainbridge island

Ladies, opt for professional hair and makeup. Not only is this a great way to pamper yourself on the day of your session, but you’ll be glad you did when you see your photos. You always want to wear a bit more makeup than usual for professional photos to make your features stand out. Check out Yessie Libby, she’s one of my favorites in the Seattle area!

I’ve pinned all sorts of ideas on my Pinterest page so feel free to check it out if you need some inspiration! Also, just because this is titled for engagement sessions doesn’t mean the same principles can’t apply to family portraits. As long as you don’t show up in matching white t-shirts and khaki pants I’m a happy lady 🙂 Do you have any other great tips on what to wear? We’d love to hear them!

Happy shopping!