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How to Look Your Best During Your Engagement Photos

The love of your life got down on one knee, popped the question, and you said “yes” – let the wedding festivities begin! One of the first things on your to-do list may be your engagement photos. After all, they capture such a special moment in time, can be used for save-the-dates, and, let’s be honest, are a great addition to your Instagram feed. But do you know how to look your best during your engagement photos?

**Guest post for Rocheal Photography courtesy of Sparkling Smiles of Fayetteville**

Here’s everything you need to know. 

The Dos and Don’ts of What to Wear

In short, what you and your fiancé wear are extremely important for achieving the beautiful engagement photos you desire. To avoid making things overly complicated, here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind:


How to look your best during your engagement photos

  • DON’T pick an outfit with a bunch of extra fabric in the mid-section; this can make you appear bigger than you are. Instead, opt for a long, flowy dress.
  • DO pick an outfit that makes you feel amazing. Choose something that highlights what you love about your body, is comfortable, and doesn’t show your bra straps.
  • DON’T forget to bring walking shoes.Your heels will be gorgeous in photos but aren’t always ideal for walking all around to snap the perfect pictures.
  • DO invest in a professional makeup artist and hairstylist – they will help you look and feel your best.


  • DO wear layers, like a suit/button-down shirt with suspenders or a vest.
  • DON’T wear logos of any kind.
  • DO bring a sweat rag, portable fan, and water.
  • DON’T wear tennis shoes.

General Best Practices

  • DO coordinate colors, not match. Think: complimentary color pallet.
  • DON’T both wear patterns.

Pick the Right Time for How to look your best during your engagement photos

Lighting is key. Direct sunlight can be incredibly harsh, highlighting odd features and making the photos unflattering. Therefore, it’s important to keep timing in mind. The good news is that there is a general rule of thumb to help guide you. During summer, shoot 2-3 hours before sunset or one hour after sunrise (to beat the heat). During spring, shoot at least 3 hours before sunset.

Don’t Neglect Your Smile

Your smile is one of the first features people notice about you; is yours camera-ready? If it isn’t, don’t fret – that’s where your cosmetic dentist comes in! With smile-enhancing services like teeth whitening and cosmetic dental bonding, your dental team can enhance your smile in just one visit. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more extensive, ask about veneers, gum recontouring, or a smile makeover. Whatever your smile goals are, your cosmetic dentist will ensure you have the gorgeous grin you’ve been dreaming of for your engagement photos and your wedding day.

Personalize the Shoot to You

At first, posing in front of the camera can feel a bit awkward. While the romantic photos make for some of the best, why not capture some of your personality too? Before your shoot, talk to your photographer about any unique ideas you have, like bringing chalk powder or water guns, along. Not only will this allow you and your fiancé to let loose, but it will also make for some really awesome, memorable photos!

Make the Most of the Day

Since you’re all dressed up, consider making plans after your engagement session. Maybe a fun date night with your soon-to-be-spouse. Maybe a gathering with your friends and family to celebrate your engagement. Maybe spending just a few peaceful moments watching the sunset. Whatever helps you enjoy this special milestone!

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