Engagement photos :: What to wear, how to pick a location, and when to book//May 24, 2011

What to wear

It’s always nice to have two to three outfit options for your engagement session. (Undecided? Bring more and I can help you narrow it down!) The key thing is that you need to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. Clothes should fit you well and should be wrinkle and stain-free.


  • Logos and text. Unless, of course, you want to do something off-beat and fun like a team jersey (Gators anyone?) for one of your options!
  • Clothes that are too baggy or too tight. Dress for your body type! Clothes that fit you properly will be the most flattering in photos.
  • Sleeveless clothing can sometimes be unflattering. If you’ve got a sleeveless options, perhaps bring a cute cardi or jacket to throw over it!
  • Being all matchy-matchy. You don’t normally dress like clones, why do it for your photos? Complementary colors are a good way to go. However if you’re dressy, then your guy should be dressy. If you’re casual, he should be casual.
  • All white and black shirts with jeans. These are looks best left home.

So you’re probably wondering what’s left?!

  • Jeans are always a good choice.
  • Flirty and fun dresses photograph well. Just be mindful of the length!
  • Bright, solid colors photography well. If you absolutely must have a pattern, then your other half should be wearing something solid that complements it.
  • Funky accessories! Bring a variety and we can play with options.

What about locations and props?

I can suggest pretty locations to you all day. But let’s make it meaningful to you as a couple! Do you guys love riding bikes together? Let’s shoot that! Coffee shop connoisseurs ? Why not shoot there? Did he proposed at Bok Tower? Why not shoot in the gardens? Bring your pet…fun props that showcase your hobbies together…you’re only limited by your imagination. Stuck for ideas? Let’s brainstorm. Call me and we’ll come up with some creative options for personalizing your shoot.

When to book your engagement session

When you book your engagment session depends  largely on how you hope to use the photos. If you want to use them for save the dates, you’ll want to book your session four to six weeks before you want to mail them to your guests to allow time for editing, designing, printing, and, oh yeah, envelope addressing! If you want to have a photo guest book at your wedding, I’d suggest doing your engagement photo shoot no later than two months prior to your wedding. Again, this will allow time for editing, designing, and printing.

Got questions? Call me. Email me. Send snail mail. That’s what I’m here for!


Award-winning wedding photographer Lori Barbely splits her time between Orlando, Florida and the New York/New Jersey area. She is also a seasoned traveler and is available for national and international destination weddings. Lori’s unobtrusive manner allows her to capture the moments of your wedding day in a fresh, fun style. Every love story is unique and Lori strives to capture the emotional aspects of each wedding to tell each couples love story. Her work has been featured in Brides Magazine, The Knot Florida, US Weekly, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, and numerous wedding blogs including Style Me Pretty, Wedding Channel, Celebrity Bride Guide, and Moment Junkie. In addition to weddings, Lori is available for engagement sessions, family and kids portraits, maternity photos, newborn photos, and pet portraits.

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