How to Look Amazing in Engagement Photos

How to Look Amazing in Engagement Photos

There are endless sources of inspiration when it comes to engagement photos. There are tons of poses, backgrounds, and moods you can test out. However, at the center of it all, the real focus is you (and, perhaps, your fiancé). Even if you have the best photographer and cutest location, you’re never going to be satisfied unless you and your partner look as flawless as possible. Here are some tips from a professional photographer to looking like a model for your engagement photos (and family photos, headshots, or other portraits!)

Makeup for your photo shoot: Arielle Lewis Photography. Portrait. Makeup. https://www.ariellelewis.studio/ Photo by Arielle Lewis

  1. Avoid glossy lipstick, as the shine doesn’t photograph well.

  2. Use foundation or powder to reduce shine on skin.

  3. Steer clear of mineral makeup, as its reflective properties react poorly when flash is used.

  4. Make-up shows up much softer through the lens than you would expect, so it is smart to go with a slightly bolder look than you would wear every day.

  5. Be sure to blend foundation onto your neck. You don't want a skin tone difference between your face and neck. 

What to wear for your engagement photos: Arielle Lewis Photography. Engagement Photos. What to Wear. https://www.ariellelewis.studio/ Photo by Arielle Lewis

  1. Comfort is key. Feeling hot, cold, itchy, or suffocated is very tough to mask. Plus, you want to be able to do any pose and not feel constricted.

  2. Choose clothing options that are easy to layer. A cute dress can change into a whole new outfit by adding a jacket or a scarf, without wasting too much time changing clothes.

  3. Wear solid colors and simple jewelry to keep the focus on YOU.

  4. Don’t forget important signature jewelry, such as your engagement ring, a family heirloom, or your class ring (for senior portraits).

  5. If you're having an outdoor session, wearing jewel tones is a great option for complimenting greenery.

  6. Couples should consider wearing colors that look nice together, but they don’t need to match exactly. Neutral, softer tones are often a safe bet if you’re unsure.

  7. Avoid large patterns, logos, and anything super “trendy”. You want these photos to stand the test of time!

Other important tips: Arielle Lewis Photography. Portrait. Engagement Photos. https://www.ariellelewis.studio/ Photo by Arielle Lewis

  1. Be sure to drink plenty of water the week before your session, and try to get a good amount of sleep. These simple things really can make a huge difference in skin puffiness, dryness, and discoloration.

  2. Use the power of the internet! You and your partner should be clear on what photos you want and the styles you definitely don’t want so you can be clear with your photographer and use your time wisely.

  3. Have FUN! Do whatever you need to feel your most relaxed. The best photos are always of people enjoying themselves and each other.

This post was co-written with Arielle Lewis. Arielle Lewis is an editorial and portrait photographer based in Washington, D.C. With a passion for creating worlds and telling stories, she became known for her unique style that adds a sense of wonder and fantasy to her images. She specializes in creative concept design and execution, utilizing her advanced proficiency in high-end retouching and digital techniques.

Karen Gordon

Karen Gordon


Karen Gordon is the VP of Growth for Goodshuffle, an online marketplace for event rentals. She loves unique events, live entertainment, and puppies.

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