Engagement Photos Do’s and Don’ts

Engagement photos provide an excellent way to get excited about your upcoming wedding. There are many reasons to take engagement photos, especially if you have never been professionally photographed before as a couple. Engagement photos help warm you up in front of the camera and gives you a chance to meet your wedding photographer. If you have an upcoming engagement shoot and need some advice, below are a few do’s and don’ts for engagement photos.


  • Don’t try to be too matchy matchy. This means, avoid wearing the same colored shirt and jeans. This doesn’t photograph well, especially for hugging photos.
  • Don’t forget to check your pockets for your phone and wrist for any unwanted hair ties! This is something your photographer should see, but not everyone notices. Keep your phone in the car and hair ties off your wrist.
  • Don’t be too trendy. Engagement photos are something you will come back to look at for years. You don’t want to look at these photos 10+ years from now and ask yourself: “Why did I wear that huge bell sleeved sweater?” or “I should have never worn those jeans with the huge holes”.
  • Avoid all logos and crazy prints on clothing. This draws attention to the clothing and not the couple.
  • Don’t wear clothes that wrinkle easily! This will show in the photos and is not easy to edit out.
  • Don’t get a spray tan immediately before your shoot! If it doesn’t turn out how you like it, there isn’t any time to fix it.


  • Wear something you are comfortable in and describes you as a couple.
  • Keep it simple! Basic clothing items like a solid sweater or long-sleeve and jeans are always a good option. Simple dresses that flow are also a good option for photos because they show movement.
  • Take your engagement photos somewhere that represents you as a couple.
  • Do wear clothes that are the same level of dressiness. Having your fiance wear jeans and a t-shirt and then the bride in a fancy dress will look awkward and show in the photos.
  • Do wear makeup for photos, even if you typically don’t. And if you can get it professionally done, do that! A few false eyelashes, bronzer, and blush make the world of a difference in photos.
  • Bring as many outfit changes as your photographer allows! Usually 2-3 is good, but some photographers say more the merrier!
  • Do bring a comb, brush, makeup, or anything else you need to touch up between outfit changes.
  • Keep jewelry simple. Basic earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are good. However, your ring will be the main focal point in jewelry shots!

As you can see, there is some thought that goes into engagement photos. From outfits to getting the right poses down, there is a little bit of work involved. However, there is no right or wrong. As you are planning your outfits and at the shoot, just make sure to be yourself. If you can do that, then your photos will turn out beautifully!

About the Author: Jennifer is a guest writer from Linekin Bay Resort, providing the perfect backdrop for your engagement photos and is a waterfront wedding venue in Maine.