Couples Photoshoot Outfit Ideas: 9 Tips to Dress for Success

October 27, 2023

A couple sitting in a field while one kisses the other's cheek as they show off an option of casual photoshoot outfit ideas.

Thinking about couples photoshoot outfit ideas? You’ve just landed on the perfect post. Choosing the right outfits can be a game-changer when it comes to capturing the love between you and your significant other.

As a passionate photographer in Pennsylvania who has captured the love stories of many incredible couples, I know what makes a good outfit for a couples photoshoot… and on the flip side, what doesn’t. I always want my couples to wear what they feel most comfortable in, but if you’re looking for guidance when it comes to photoshoot outfit ideas for couples, this post will surely help you out.

Keep reading to learn all about the best couples photoshoot outfit ideas so that you and your partner can truly dress for success!

Couples Photoshoot Outfit Ideas

Wear coordinating colors, but don’t match

Let’s be honest – we probably all had to take those matchy-matchy photos with our families in the early 2000s at our local department store. While they worked well for the time, you definitely don’t want the same vibe in your couples photoshoot.

It’s tempting to think that matching outfits, with even the same patterns or colors, could be an easy way to go. However, coordinating colors thoughtfully is a more stylish and visually appealing approach.

Try to think of harmony rather than uniformity. As an example, if you’re wearing white, ask your partner to wear a more dark-colored pant (such as blue or black) and a nude or tan-colored top.

Throwing a denim jacket over a light-colored t-shirt is always a great option, too! This also gives you some versatility if you plan on only wearing one outfit during your session.

When in doubt, wear neutrals

Neutrals, muted colors, and earth tones are always a safe bet! Bright colors like neons or distracting patterns can pull the focus from you to your outfit.

Embracing neutrals, muted colors, and earth tones is an option that’s always going to be timeless. These subtle hues will look good now and 50 years from now in your images and can make sure that the focus remains on you and your partners’ expressions rather than being overshadowed by bold clothing choices.

Truthfully, bright/neon colors (or even overly complex patterns, for that matter) can sometimes act as distractions. Though they are vibrant and fun, these colors can pull the focus away from your connection and dominate the frame.

Avoid logos as much as you can

Since it’s the 21st century, I’m sure you have lots of clothing with logos in your closet. While these have a time and a place, you will want to try to avoid them as much as you can when it comes to couples photoshoot outfit ideas. 

Elements like logos (similar to the bold colors and patterns from my last point) will pull attention away from you to your outfit. While this may be great if you are modeling for a clothing company, it’s not so great for your engagement session.

There is always a time and a place to break the rules, but this is a good general rule of thumb when it comes to picking out your outfits.

Make sure you and your couple are “going to the same place”

This basically means that both you and your partner should dress with the same level of formality. If one of you wants to wear a suit, then it’s best that the other should avoid wearing jeans and sandals. Make sure that you’re both on the same page with your outfits.

You can also feel free to embrace the evening and go for a dressy look or 100% dress more casually. Just don’t make yourself uncomfortable!

Some couples that I’ve photographed have opted for two outfits; a dressier look and a more casual look. That way, they get a variety in their couples photos.

Wear comfortable shoes

Shoes are really the unsung hero of any photo shoot. Never underestimate the pivotal role that comfortable footwear plays when planning out your outfits. Considering that you’ll be exploring a bit and walking/moving around a lot during your shoot, picking footwear that’s comfortable is paramount.

Uncomfortable shoes could make you miserable or distract you while doing your photo shoot, which can actually be shown through your expression and even your posture. We don’t want to detract from the natural flow and spontaneity of the photoshoot!

Dress for the weather

I know this seems like a “duh, I totally knew that” tip, but you’d be surprised! You really don’t want to be freezing cold or sweating during your session. Your comfort really has to be prioritized.

Be sure to check the weather ahead of time to see what it’s going to be like during your photoshoot. Account for the time of day, too. Evenings in summer can be a little chilly, while the daytime can be blazing.

Tailoring your outfit choices to the season and expected weather conditions, whether that means cozying up in warm layers during cooler months or even opting for breathable fabrics in the summer, ensures that you’ll be even more confident and feel your best in front of the camera.

Pack a jacket or sweater

You can never go wrong with packing a jacket or a sweater! This is even more true if you’re embracing the crisp air of the fall or winter for your photoshoot. (Which I don’t blame you for because the fall foliage in Pennsylvania is gorgeous.)

A stylish jacket or cozy sweater is not only a functional addition for warmth but can also be a versatile option for changing up your look. Depending on the fabric, it can even add some unique texture and depth to your photos that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.

Remember that comfort translates quite visually into confidence when it comes to photos. By making sure that you’re adequately prepared for the cooler temperatures, you’ll get better photos!

Accessorize or bring props that represent you

Making your outfit even more uniquely you can really be the magical ingredient that brings authenticity and personality to your couples photoshoot. Try to sprinkle a bit of your personal style into your outfit if you can. Some good ideas include a chic pair of sunglasses, a hat, or even other meaningful props that can infuse more of your character into the photos.

Really be careful with any props or accessories, though. They are meant to add to your outfit, not detract! Your photographer will always be there to provide any advice with props, too.

Remove your smartwatch beforehand.

Lastly, if you have a smartwatch (i.e. a Fitbit or Apple Watch), be sure to remove it before your photoshoot. These can often detract from your outfit. If you really must keep it on, try to get a band that matches your outfit more than the sport-like bands that they normally come with. You can often find nice, leather-like bands at shops like Walmart or Target.

Bonus Tip: Bring lots of water

I know, I know – this isn’t necessarily a tip for couples photoshoot outfit ideas, but it does affect how you feel during your photoshoot.

Hydration is truly your best friend, especially during those warmer months when the sun is out longer. Bringing lots of water to your photoshoot is vital! With the excitement that comes from a photoshoot along with the constant moving (especially depending on the location), it’s easy to overlook taking a sip of water.

Make it a point to pack enough water for the both of you. Trust me, this tip is so easy to forget but can make all the difference.

Final Thoughts: Photoshoot Outfit Ideas for Couples

Well, there you have it; now you know all about the best couples photoshoot outfit ideas! Remember, at the end of the day, it really comes down to your own comfort. If you’re both comfortable, you’ll come across a lot more confident in your photos, which will create a better result that will last with you for years to come.

Whenever you’re not sure about your outfit, you can also always reach out to your photographer. More often than not, they can supply guidance on any questions that you may have about your outfit!

If you’re still looking for the perfect couples photographer for your photoshoot, I’d absolutely love to learn more about your love story. Click here to get in touch or here to learn more about my services!

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