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What to wear for a pre-wedding photo shoot

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What to wear for a pre-wedding photo shoot

Ok so you’ve just booked you pre-wedding photo shoot. Panic sets in and now you’re thinking what on earth to wear for the engagement session right? Just like any event or arrangement, planning what to wear is sometimes a burden and frustrating task. What to wear for your pre-wedding photo shoot is the guide you need!


Updated for 2021


couple wearing good clothing for their pre-shoot


So what to wear for your pre-wedding photo shoot?


Usually, the session takes place around 6 months before the wedding in a location of your choice within South Wales. I’m often asked what is best to wear for the engagement photo shoot. It’s great to question it because you’re going to be on camera! The guide will help you to make a much better choice and ease any stress ahead of your pre-wedding shoot in Cardiff.


1. Pick a style that suits you


First of all, wear something that represents yourself. Don’t go wearing a long trench coat when your usual style is to wear a parker. Or wearing trousers when you would always wear a dress, be comfortable.


Likewise for guys, don’t go wearing something that isn’t you. Dress smart casual like you’re going out for a romantic stroll. To maximise the scene I’d highly suggest complimenting each other in colours; No need to wear matching clothes but certainly have a similar style going on.


guide on what to wear for pre-wedding photography session


2. Check the weather report


Before the session, check out the weather forecast. Make sure you’re going to dress accordingly. If it’s nice and warm, ladies, consider wearing a light dress that will catch the wind, it will look amazing! Guys, ideally avoid shorts unless they are chino styles. If you’re looking at early spring / winter, thick coats and large scarfs look great for the pre-wedding session.


You can always bring a jacket and if needed, you can take it off during the session, don’t want you melting or getting soaked. So if you’ve selected somewhere such as Ogmore or Southerndown as your location, consider that it maybe a little windier and that you’re more exposed to the elements.


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3. Consider the colour


There’s a little more to consider here as your location and season plays a big part. The idea is not to blend in with your background. When you watch movies, notice how the main characters always stand out from the background actors? This is because they pick colours that stand out but keep in line with the theme.


If you’re heading to the coast, consider dark clothing, you’ll likely have the sky or sea in the background and you may disappear within the image. On the other hand, if you’re in a woodland, or green area why not look at a nice deep red or yellow or some light colours.


Again, consider the opposite colours on the same palette to your surroundings for your pre-wedding photo shoot. Why not look at other posted sessions for some ideas on your pre-wedding session clothing selection.


clothes for an engagement photo shoot


4. Tones & patterns of your clothing


If you can, try and avoid any harsh tones or patterns, you should aim to wear a fairly neutral style that is toned down and doesn’t resemble a highlighter pen! Navy, cream, peach and grey are all perfect colours so you should aim for these tones. Patterned tops can work very well but can cause a clash with your partner’s attire and best avoided. This would be the same for logos too, try and avoid any obviously large logos. They don’t add anything to the image and likely not compliment your partners choice.


The ultimate aim is to make the images feel timeless so that they look great in 10 years time as they do now. We’ve all gone back through old photos and thought ‘What was I thinking?!’. Keeping it neutral is always a safe call.


what to wear for pre-wedding photo session


5. Sunglasses and Hats


You want to wear sunglasses or a hat? It’s totally up to you, It’s preferable not to wear sunglasses unless they are prescribed as emotion is often captured in the eyes and If I can’t capture them, the view won’t be able to fully engage with the image. You’ll also get some reflections within your glasses too so if you can avoid wearing them, great! As a good photographer, I’ll be able to work with the reflections to avoid me in your images by positioning your head slightly differently to help.


Wearing hats is part of a personality, and I welcome that, if it’s a winter pre-wedding shoot then great, a beanie or bobble hat are great with a nice thick scarf too, but wearing a cap in the summer will break up the connection between you both, so I’d personally suggest avoid wearing one if you can.


Bringing dogs to pre-wedding photo shoot


6. Bring your Dogs


Can we bring our dogs to the pre-wedding photo shoot? Yes yes yes! While I strongly recommend brining your dog along for a run around and a ‘family picture’ just be sure that they have a good recall and happy to be calm by your side while you both get nice and close. If your dog has a lot more energy, I would encourage you to bring a dog sitter so that after capturing a small selection of images together, they can then head off for a bit allowing you to concentrate in being romantic and having fun.


What is a pre-wedding photo shoot and do we need one?

It’s certainly a growing genre of photography, perfectly complementing your wedding photography. The engagement session allows you to feel relaxed in front of the camera and all packages that I offer include the session. It’s also a great opportunity to have a chat and get to know you both more as a couple during your pre-wedding session.



It’s a cliché to say but go enjoy yourself! Wear your smiles and personality like you’re in the hands of your fiancé… Because you are! The only difference is that it’s being documented. Being yourself is what makes the images so special and stand out from your normal selfies and casual photos.




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