Dressing for Your Engagement Adventure: Tips to Look Your Best

One of the most common questions I receive from clients is, “What should we wear for our engagement session?” It’s an important question because your outfit can significantly influence the look and feel of your photos. The good news is, there are no strict rules here – your style and the location of your photoshoot should be your guiding lights. However, if you’re seeking some guidance while rummaging through your closet, here are a few handy tips to spark your creativity.


Fall Color Traverse City Engagement Session


A Bohemian Vibe for Dunes Adventures

Many of my engagement adventures unfold amidst the picturesque dunes, where a bohemian-inspired look harmonizes beautifully with the natural surroundings. Accessories can be your best friend for this style – think wide-brimmed hats, flower crowns, bracelets, or statement earrings. Anything that adds motion to your photos, like long hair, a fringed vest, or a flowing dress, is a big plus.


Multiple Outfits Engagement Session Sleeping Bear Dunes


Playing with Colors

When considering colors, keep the location in mind. Lighter colors and white dresses complement dunes and forests perfectly, creating a striking contrast. In contrast, deeper, richer hues come to life against the backdrop of the beach. If your session falls on a chilly day, remember that layers are your friends. Early spring and late fall at Sleeping Bear Dunes can get quite chilly, especially with a brisk wind.


Sleeping Bear Dunes Glen Haven Engagement


Dapper Dudes and Casual Comfort

For the gentlemen, I recommend a relaxed, casual look. Jeans paired with plaid shirts or subtle prints work wonders. Don’t shy away from accessories – a cool hat, be it a cowboy or a fedora, can add a touch of flair. Comfortable, stylish shoes that allow you to explore with ease are a must for both of you. We’ll be doing some walking during our sessions, and your comfort is a top priority.


Beach Good Harbor Bay Engagement Sunset


Mix and Match Outfits

Lastly, don’t hesitate to bring a second outfit. Having one casual and one dressier option is usually spot-on. Depending on our adventure, you can change in the car, a restroom, or on the trail. Leave any extra outfits, cell phones, and sunglasses in the car – I aim to capture the entire experience, and you’ll be hands-free for the adventure.


Sunset Multiple Outfits Engagement Session


For more wardrobe inspiration, check out my Traverse City engagement gallery, and reach out today to book your engagement adventure. Contact me to plan your engagement adventure today.

See you at the trailhead!

Josh Hartman – Traverse City Engagement Photographer