Should You Bring a Change of Clothes for Your Engagement Photoshoot?

Photographers share their advice on this process.

There are so many reasons why a newly-engaged couple should consider booking an engagement photo session: Not only is this a great way to celebrate this momentous (and short-lived!) period of your life together, but it also helps you get comfortable in front of the camera ahead of the big day. Plus, you can use the photos on everything from your save-the-date cards to your wedding website, not to mention share them with friends and family. If we've sold you on the idea of an engagement photo session, then the next thing you might be wondering is what you should wear. Ultimately, the decision is yours, but many couples choose outfits that are in keeping with their personalities and a fit for their location.

However, if you're wondering if you should bring a change of clothes with you so that you end up with a variety of different photos, you wouldn't be alone. Plenty of couples bring a second look—usually more formal than the first—to their engagement sessions. Here, we discussed whether or not this is a good idea with a few professional photographers.

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Changing outfits allows you to achieve different looks in one shoot.

"I find it very important to change outfits because it adds variety to your photos," says Scott Goldber, the owner of North Fork Wedding Photography. Talk to your pro about what they think will work best; most agree that a more casual and a more formal outfit will do the trick, but some, like Goldber, encourage even more variety than that. "I always tell my couples that having two outfits (or even three outfits!) enables many different looks, and it helps bring out different colors and feelings to the photos."

Bring a couple of different outfits to mix it up.

"I always recommend my clients to bring a few outfits, as you never know how you will be feeling that day, and you want to feel your most confident," says Los Angeles-based wedding photographer Jessica Castro. Having a wardrobe change provides options and variety, she explains, which is great if you are using the images for save-the-dates.

Be cautious of your surroundings.

"When your engagement session is somewhere like a mountaintop or beach, the logistics could make changing more difficult," says Amy Kolodziej of Sunshower Photography. "In this situation, I suggest slight changes such as taking off shoes, rolling up sleeves, or removing a layer of clothing." Consider your locale and figure out what would work best for your unique situation.

What's more, you'll need to consider whether or not it's even feasible to bring a change of clothes. If you're hiking to your photo spot, a backpack filled with alternative outfits might not be in the cards. "Lugging around a change of clothes is cumbersome, but also poses the issue of where to change," says destination wedding filmmaker Mary Angelini. If "Stick to one outfit that complements you and your fiancée, and focus on having fun and enjoying one another," she advises.

Keep the end goal in mind.

"My advice to couples is to always keep the end goal in mind," says Jenny DeMarco of Jenny DeMarco Photography. "Always ask yourself, what do you want to do with these images from your session, she suggests. If all you need is a few photos for save the dates, she advises printing to display and social media, then stick with one outfit and keep things simple and focused." However, if you want to create a guestbook or album, she adds that it is nice to have a change of outfits.

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