I’m known for capturing those didn’t-know-you-were-there shots and busting a move on the dance floor just to get those perfect candids. I also work with you to ensure we incorporate your style and story into your engagement and wedding photos!
Let me guess, you’re already stressed out over what to wear for Seattle engagement photos coming up and you need some inspiration? Well, you’ve come to the right place! This complete guide will help with what to wear in Seattle in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter engagement photos. I’ve been a wedding photographer and documenting engagement photos for almost 7 years now all over the greater Seattle area, so I am totally here to share my knowledge with you in this guide!
In this guide, you’ll learn about:
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Okay, we made it through winter, we’re ready to see some green leaves come back in the trees and flowers blooming, am I right? For spring engagement photos, I love seeing the ladies in spring dresses and dancing around and the guys either collared shirts with short sleeves, or a solid nice shirt. Anything that’s simple and that can let the florals around us shine. Ladies, rip out those sun dresses! Spring is the time to get out of those jeans and wear a skirt, dress, or romper and have fun.
For spring engagement photos, check out my Pinterest Board for Spring Engagement Outfit Ideas.
For Summer engagement photo outfits, I highly recommend bringing two outfits that are casual and classy. So you can bring some jeans and a nice top, and then switch it up for a dress later or something you can breathe a little more in. Make sure you’re comfortable in whatever you wear and keep in mind some sweat. Sometimes light gray colors on guys show more sweat stains, so just be mindful of that. Again, dresses, skirts, or rompers are fun to wear in the summer and can keep you cool! Usually Summer engagement photos are towards the end of the day at sunset so the sun isn’t too bright on your faces (and not too hot), so ending your session in a summer dress and adding a little jean jacket or light sweater is always an option, too.
Check out my Summer outfit Engagement Photo Board here on Pinterest.
Fall is my favorite time to go out and wander around the mountains for fall engagement photos. I love the changing fall colors and it’s so fun to photograph! One thing to keep in mind, since the fall colors are all reds, yellows, and oranges, you might want to switch it up for a more neutral tones so you’re not overwhelmed looking at your photos and seeing so much red. Whites, tans, beige, grays, blacks, and soft blues are excellent options for fall colors. I absolutely love seeing pops of white among the fall leaves. More neutral tones are the name of the game in Fall.
Winter is always such a magical time for engagement photos! Snow falling and cloudy skies- what could be better?! So for winter engagement photos, I highly recommend not wearing white. If you wear white, you run the risk of blending in with the snow around you! Darker tones work best in snow, like forest green, or dark grays. You can always do a bright yellow or a pink dress, anything that’s not white or beige.
Naturally, we need to check on the weather for our engagement session and see if it might be too rainy. If you’re a couple who enjoys dancing and running around in the rain, getting everything a bit wet, and having umbrellas in many of your photos- you do you and totally go whenever you want! Some couples would like some umbrella shots, but not all photos to have umbrellas in their shots, so totally check on the weather. Usually if it says ‘showers’ in Seattle, you could probably get lucky with some breaks in the rain. Google weather has a timeline of when to expect the most rain throughout the day.
So, if it rains, here is what I recommend bringing along for your engagement session:
PLUS! Rain means clouds roaming the skies and that makes your skin all so even and gives that #pnw vibe for sure. I always love rainy days and love it when the clouds are covering the bright sky for those gloomy and natural pacific northwest vibes.
So now that we’ve seen some outfit inspiration on Pinterest, now it’s time to see whats in our closets and if it works.
Patterns + Solids:
If one of you is wearing a pattern, like stripes or plaid, then the other should wear a solid color. That makes it so it’s not so overwhelming with too many patterns. Less is more!
Sometimes couples show up in the same color for their session. It’s cute and it looks like you’re trying to match each other and we’ll totally get some shots of that, but also try to have another option so it’s not too matchy matchy.
If you want to wear a striped shirt under your plaid top, or polkadot or another pattern, make sure it’s not too overwhelming. You can mismatch all you want and get that fun hipster vibe, but be sure they compliment each other.
Solid + Solid:
You can’t go wrong with solid on solid outfits. It’s classy, it’s more neat, and always looks great!
Super Loud Piece:
If you want a super fancy/ or ‘loud’ patterned shirt or jacket- make sure the rest of the outfit and your partner’s outfit is more solid and neutral. That way the top or jacket can stand out and it won’t be contrasting with anything else.
Well that’s all I have for you guys!! Hope this was helpful in figuring out what to wear for your engagement photos in Seattle! Always be prepared for rain, so bring some umbrellas or ask your photographer if they have some (chances are that they do!).
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to check out some of my amazing couples’ engagement sessions on my Portfolio now!
Oh also, check out my Top 10 Favorite Engagement Session poses + prompts in the video below:
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