What to Wear For Couples and Engagement Photos

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Our ultimate guide to help you prepare for photos! Take a look at all the inspo and start planning your outfits today!

What to Wear For Couples and Engagement Photos

Ashley Newman Photography

?Prep Well: After you book your session, dive into outfit planning. No matter if you plan to use clothing from my studio, purchase from your favorite shop or even try to put something together with what you already have— I am here for you. Just don’t wait until the last minute! ???

Get There Early: It’s all about being prepared, friends. Being a natural-light photographer, it’s so important to be on time for your session. We’ve scheduled that time for a reason- the awesome light! Get there early. I recommend arriving 10 minutes prior to your session start time so that you can settle in, relax, and even have a beer (if that helps your relax- feel free to bring them and share them haha). Even if you’re late, the shoot still ends at the same time. So get there early. Did I say get there early? Get there early.

?Be prepared! Please remember to always be prepared for the elements. These spots are natural and you can expect things like tall grasses (hello sensory issues or tiny children not wanting to go near the grass!), bugs (ticks and our famous mosquitos…) and of course Texas weather. Please prep with all the necessary snacks, sprays and hydration prior to arrival

Final Thought: Portraits are best when you are being yourself. It’s important to remember that just because there is a camera pointing at you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be looking at the camera. Sometimes the strongest images are created when you are interacting with one another and enjoying a moment as opposed to posing. Stay patient and positive. I promise even if it feels like a crazy or like I am asking you to do something weird, it’s going to turn out way better than you thought. i got you, friend!! Accept the unpredictable: Embrace the chaos of the moment and this season of life. Honest connections and candid moments create real and specific memories.

Clothing Guide


Final Take-Aways

  • Pay attention to the details. Adding in a scarf, vest, statement necklace or even a small bouquet can provide the perfect amount of punch to any outfit.

  • Don’t wear anything you are not comfortable in or that doesn’t feel like “you”. Be the best version of yourself.

  • Beat the cold with a cute jacket or layer up with undershirts and long undies! Add a puffer vest or a scarf for a pop of texture.

  • The best shooting locations rarely have solid ground. Wear shoes that you can move around in.

  • The nighter the color, the less there should of it. Find balance without being overly matchy.

  • Still stuck? Creams, grays, and tans are impossible to mess up and will never go out of style! Just skip the black and white.

  • Ditch the sports watches and hair ties on the wrist! Keep in mind that small bracelets can sometimes photograph as hair bands.

  • Avoid neon at all costs. This applies to stripes on shoes as well.

  • Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures! Gone are the days of white shirts and denim.

  • Adding a warm pop of color against a neutral palette will give your outfit just the right amount of style.

  • Avoid clothing with thick stripes and logos. Choose clothing that is more timeless and have options that balance each other.

  • Wear your makeup roughly 20% darker than what you would normally wear, it will heal ad depth and contouring.

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Ashley Newman Photography is a Woodlands Family Photographer and Storyteller specializing in outdoor family photography. In addition to lifestyle family portraits, Ashley and her award-winning team offer day-in-the-life legacy sessions, outdoor maternity sessions, fresh 48 hospital portraits and in-home newborn photography. Ashley Newman Photography serves Montgomery county, North-Houston areas: The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Houston and Magnolia.

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