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February 11, 2021

6 Outfit Tips for your Hawaii Engagement Session

Now that you have officially started planning your Hawaii engagement session, you’re probably wondering what to wear. Below are 6 outfit tips for your Hawaii engagement session that will help you on your journey to the most stylish and refined photos.

A couple opts for an Asian-inspired look for their engagement session photos.

1. Wear Something Comfortable

Most people hear the word photoshoot and assume they have to dress fancy, and if that’s something you are comfortable in, go for it! But if the thought of a dress or suit doesn’t align with you, opt for something that you can freely move around in. Especially in Hawaii, it is often humid and warm, so consider temperature and location when selecting your outfits.

2. Wear Something that Reflects you as a Couple

Your engagement photos should personify who you truly are as a couple, not what you think others want to see. If you love overalls and cowboy hats, wear that. These photos will come out natural, warm, and candid.

3. Choose a Location that Showcases Something you Love, and Dress Accordingly

If you both love the ocean, maybe a beach lifestyle session is your jam; in which case I’d bring a bikini and some trunks, or a flowy white dress. If you both love to hike then get out your hiking boots and have your photographer follow you like your personal paparazzi.

4. Incorporate Props to Compliment your Location or Outfits

Love surfing? Grab a surfboard. A wine connoisseur? Let’s have a picnic. Love bike rides? You get the idea… Sometimes something as simple as a textured blanket or tropical flower bouquet can elevate your Hawaii engagement session to the next level. My advice, however, is use props with caution, it’s very easy for things to start looking a little cheesy when overdone.

Couple has Hawaii engagement session on surfboard in the ocean.

5. Don’t Forget about Textures

Still wondering what to wear for your Hawaii engagement session? Assorted textures are a photographer’s dream! Consider how a cashmere sweater with some blue jeans against a suede suit and wool hat can add depth and dimension to your photo.

6. Compliment Each Other, but Don’t Outright Match

We’ve all seen the old family photos where everyone wears the same white tee. If that’s appealing to you, or you just want to get a little laugh, by all means! But for the most part it looks a little dated. Instead of perfectly matching, opt for colors and textures that compliment each other. Typically colors in the same family (neutrals, spring colors, bold colors) work well together; similarly, if you would like to make someone stand out, the other person shouldn’t wear anything too flashy. For example, if the bride wants to go for a bold red dress, her fiance could opt for a charcoal grey top and black slacks (or ripped jeans, for a more casual look).

By the way, I send all my couples a style guide and Pinterest Mood Board after booking with me so inquire today if you’d like more info on a Hawaii engagement session experience with yours truly.

I’m Masha, a wedding, elopement and couples photographer based in sunny Hawaii, & often found serving couples worldwide.

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