What to Wear on Your Engagement Shoot // Do's & Don'ts

One of the questions I hear the most is, “What do I wear for an engagement shoot?” Below are a few engagement photo ideas to help you achieve the perfect look for your photos.

First things first:  Be You.

On the day of the shoot if you are not wearing clothes you you would normally wear, you aren’t being yourself.  The purpose of the shoot is to capture you!  Go through your closet and find the clothes you wear all the time, then go through these tips to make sure they look good!

Second thing: Consider the Season

For Winter and Fall Photo Shoots Consider these Engagement Picture Outfits:

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Ladies: outfits with sleeves are always flattering to arms and a good pair of boots can make any girl’s legs look great.

Gentlemen: a button down and sweater with a nice pair of jeans and dress shoes are a great go-to.

For Spring and Summer Photo Shoots Consider these Engagement Picture Outfits:


Ladies: a pop of color never hurt anyone, it photographs beautifully in color and black and white.  Jewelry, a top or even shoes can add that perfect flair!

Gentlemen: button down shirts are very versatile- you can wear a sport coat, roll the sleeves, wear it tucked in or untucked so don’t be afraid to throw a few options in.

Third thing and most Important the Do's & Don'ts! 

  •  Bring at least two outfits: one dressy outfit and one casual outfit
  • Splurge on professional hair and makeup, a great artist will take you a long ways.  E-mail me to learn more about my favorites!
  • Splurge on a great pair of shoes (yes your feet will be in photos). Ladies, heels help you maintain better posture!
  • Bring a black top. A simple, dark top allows the focus of an image to be the persons face. An added bonus of dark clothes is that they tend to be slimming.  The Little Black dress is popular for a reason!
  • Black not your color…Then dive into a beautiful natural dress or a long and lean cotton dress.  Remember Rule #1- Be Yourself!
  • Wear classic styles to prevent the photograph from looking outdated. A little black dress for women and a solid-colored suit for men will never go out of style.
  • Ladies, consider a v-neck top. Turtlenecks, thick scarves and sweaters can add bulk to your appearance. V-necks and open collars elongate the neck and body and bring the focus to your face.
  • Guys, consider a collared shirt. A collared shirt frames the face and can be very flattering.
  • The perfect match. A solid v-neck for her, a collared shirt for him
  • Always choose sleek, fitted clothes over baggy.
  • Feel free to coordinate your look and wear complementary colors with others in the photo, but don’t try to match them.
  •  Clothes put people in context, so remember to dress for your location and theme. If you’re after a fun vibe, wear things that pop, if you want a more formal vibe, then go for a suit and dress.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear things that ‘pop’ such as chunky jewelry, fun shoes, a brightly-colored blazer, a tie, a vest, sunglasses or dress hats.
  • Bring your favorite items!  If you like them on an every day basis, you are going to love them in photos!
  • Remember to get your nails done!  Especially for Engagement photo shoots, your ring will be a focus!  A neutral or solid color photographs quite nicely.
  • Bring props! If you have an animal, play an instrument, have a hobby, have a favorite article of clothing or just a meaningful item, bring it with you. These personal items add an extra flair to your look.
  • Don’t over tan. Don't burn and Spray tans are dangerous!
  • Don’t go for solid white button down shirts for the two of you.  We want coordinating not matching.
  • Don’t wear clothes that are too tight to avoid ending up with an ‘extra layer’ on top
  • Don’t have your hair cut the day of a portrait. Schedule hair appointments at least a week in advance for a more natural look.
  • Don’t forget to iron all wrinkles out.  As stated above, I don't photo shop wrinkles out of every photo!

Live, Laugh & Love // Erin & Ben

When my "middle" sis as I like to call her, Erin messaged me about possibly doing some couples photos for Ben and her's engagement- I was over the moon and honoured! I've know Erin for years, and when she met Ben I knew she meet her match. 

They travelled down to Toronto from London, ON and we made a full morning of it, heading over to Queen Street West / Parkdale hood which was our final choice location partially because of Ben's love for graffiti/ street style art.  

The two of them were definitely troopers as I dragged them around the streets in the sun snapping away, stopping at random because of a cool shot, Queen Street is always an inspirational play ground for me so we indubitably had a fun time and it was also a nice morning extrusion for them to see some of the random little nooks of our great city.

Thank you again Erin & Ben for letting be a little part of your awesome history!

Enjoy your wedding aboard! <3

xo TN


Throw Back Thursday // Julia & Garret <3

Since we are moved quickly in the summer which means lots of engagement and weddings, I thought I would do a #TBT to the wonderful and fun couple Julia & Garret who I photographed last year in Toronto for their engagement! 

Since then the lovely couple has been hitched and a little wee one is on the way! Congrats you two <3

So much love! 


xo TN

Feature Friday // Engagement Love Natalee & Chris

Liberty Village, lovely light, a good laugh and of course love! That's what was the make up for this recent engagement session I did with the amazing couple, Natalee & Chris!  

Natalee originally reached out to me to surprise her now fiancé, Chris with a secret couple shoot to express her gratefulness and their bliss!!! While we were planning, Chris had his own secret and popped the question to Natalee! So sweet. 

I was so happy for them both and we decided it made sense to turn the shoot into a engagement session!

Glad we did- these two love birds swore they were camera shy but I beg to differ.  

Check out some of the shots from their session.  

Big thanks to Taylor Vigneux for Hair & Make Up and Jon Hagerty for assisting me!

Have a fabulous Friday everyone.  

xo TN



Throwback Thursday // Julie & Egidio Engagement Session

It was last November when the wonderful Julie & Egidio had their engagement session with me and not too much longer, I was at their amazing Casa Loma winter wedding in January capturing their special day!!!

Such great memories and more to come especially now that Julie is expecting! So happy for the two of them.

Enjoy xo TN