How to Dress for Your RAD Couples Session

Figuring out what to wear for your engagement or couples session can be overwhelming, but follow the tips below and we’ll work together to make you look and feel your absolute best!

Comfort is key!

When choosing your outfit the first thing you should think about is how comfortable you’re going to be. Can you move freely in it? Will you be uncomfortable walking around? We want you to be able to cuddle right up next to your partner and not have to worry about being able to breathe in a tight dress! This also includes finding a comfy pair of shoes, so think about your location. Are you going to be on the beach or grass? Maybe heels aren’t the best idea. Are we going to be hiking around in the mountains? Something with a good grip or a separate pair to hike in are probably a good choice.

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Wear something that makes you feel your bombshell best.

Pick something that you feel beautiful in! This could mean wearing your favorite pair of jeans and a chunky sweater that you’ve always loved. Have a super soft t-shirt that makes you feel happy and fuzzy inside? Wear it! If you feel good in a flowy gown and suit/tie, go for it! We can make this as casual or as fancy as you want it to be. This is about you.

Find outfits that compliment each other but avoid matching!

We aren’t going for the JCPenny Christmas Card vibe here so try to avoid matching outfits at all costs! Wear complimentary tones and colors instead of matching outfits. If your partner wants to wear a white shirt, maybe wear a beige or pattern instead of an all white ensemble.

Stick to pastels, natural, or neutral tones.

This is sometimes a tricky one, but it makes a world of difference when it comes to how your photos are going to look! Generally speaking try to stay away from super bright colors (no hot pink or fluorescent green/yellow. We don’t want you looking like a highlighter!). Stick to natural tones when you can. Greens, blues, neutral tones like beige and brown, oranges, yellows, reds, any pastels are all great options and compliment the natural landscape that you’ll be in.

Patterns can be great but if you’re going to wear one try to stick to small patterns instead of loud ones, and make sure that your partner sticks to a low profile outfit. Too many patterns can become distracting. We want the focus to be on you guys and not the big bright sunflowers all over your dress!

Aimee and Melba’s outfits below are a perfect example of how to find complimentary patterns, match natural tones to the landscape, and have just the right amount of pop to the pattern to give it a little extra warmth and personal flair.

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Consider having your hair and make-up professionally done.

If you are confident in your hair styling and make-up skills then this one isn’t for you! But for those of us that aren’t make-up inclined (i’m very guilty of not knowing what make-up item is what) consider having a professional take care of it for you. This is also a GREAT time to do a test run for how you want it to look for your wedding also!


Lastly, when in doubt, bring more options!

If you love a piece in your closet but aren’t sure how it will look in photos bring it with you! I always advise couples to bring two clothing/shoe options to wear in photos and then whatever else they may like just in case. Don’t forget your accessories either! Chunky necklaces, scarves, your favorite pair of earrings. bring whatever you’re not sure of and we’ll pair things together as we go!