What to Wear for your Yosemite Engagement Session - Stephan & Adriana

What to Wear for your Yosemite Engagement Session

what to wear for your yosemite engagement session
Yosemite Engagement Session


There’s no doubt that “what should we wear” is one of the most frequently asked questions we get. I’ve got a few KEY TIPS that I would like to share with you, so you can start planning what to wear for your Yosemite Engagement Session!


#1 Don’t be afraid to dress up

We see your engagement session as something as important as your wedding day. I mean, think about it, you’ve already made one of the biggest decisions you could make in your life! You’re one step away from getting married, and that’s something that needs to be celebrated. So don’t be afraid to go all out and dress up a bit!

We have yet to have a couple that regretted dressing up too much, I promise, it doesn’t happen.

Yosemite Engagement Session – Tina & Joseph
#2 Stand out

One thing I ALWAYS tell our couples is to think of colors that will make them stand out from the background. If you’re at Taft Point, for example, your background is a whole lot of gray and granite rocks. So you probably don’t want to wear a gray dress or anything that will blend in with the beautiful mountains of Yosemite. So don’t be afraid to wear bold colors!

Yosemite Engagement Session – Michelle & Nick
#3 Don’t forget about comfort

I know sometimes dressing up and being comfortable doesn’t really exist in the same phrase. But when I mean being comfortable, I mean wearing something you LOVE. You should wear something you would wear it anyway, and that you feel absolutely amazing in it!

If there’s hiking or a lot of walking involved (which happens 95% of the time we shoot at Yosemite), we always advise wearing comfortable shoes. If you’re wearing a long dress, chances are your shoes won’t be visible in most of the pictures. If not, you can switch to high heels for the pictures (like Claire did on their session), but we always rather that you are safe while hiking!

Yosemite Engagement Session – Claire & Erick
#4 Wear more than one outfit

So you can’t make up your mind? That’s totally fine! You can wear more than one outfit! One of our most booked Yosemite Engagement Session packages is the one where we take couples to several locations in Yosemite. Most couples choose to have 2 different outfits, and it works really well to have two completely different looks for two completely different locations!

Yosemite Engagement Session – Janelle & Tony
#5 Ask for your photographer’s help

I mean it. We’re here for you. If you’re at a store or shopping online, and you can’t decide in between outfits, just shoot me a text! Since we’ve been to Yosemite countless times, we’ll be able to tell you what would look stunning at a certain location, and what wouldn’t stand out so much.

And for the guys, Stephan is an expert in suits (weird, right?). But he loves helping out with the guy’s outfits as well! So just know you can ALWAYS ask for our help.

Hey, it’s us, your Yosemite engagement photographers!


Important Information

As of February 28th, 2021, Yosemite will not require day-use reservations to be purchased beforehand. It isn’t clear if the reservation system will come back this summer. I will keep my Yosemite Elopement Guide constantly updated throughout this year, and you can also visit Yosemite’s Official Website for more info!

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  1. […] What to Wear for your Yosemite Engagement Session […]

  2. What a informative and great blog! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Katelyn says:

    Ugh I am dying, these images are so gorgeous! Also a ton of great info. I wouldn’t have thought about wearing really bold colors but it looks SO good!

  4. Taylor says:

    Umm wow, these are gorgeous! And such great info for couples. Dressing up can really make it feel like an event and can take ordinary photos and turn them into something to be celebrated!

  5. Great advice with shoes and colors. I love a good pop of red!

  6. Heather Huie says:

    This is a great guide for how to plan your Yosemite shoot and outfits!

  7. love it all! i think its such a great idea to were colors that pop out against that backdrop. really pretty work.

  8. YES YES YES! I recently did a blog like this and it’s a lifesaver for my clients! So helpful!

  9. Traci says:

    Yosemite is always such a dream!

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  11. Sienna says:

    Love the tip about wearing outfits that stand out against the earth hues of Yosemite!

  12. Kat Carney says:

    So many great tips, and I love all the photos of the incredible Yosemite locations too!

  13. Laura says:

    Love all the tips! Yosemite is such a perfect backdrop !

  14. These are such helpful tips! And the photos you’ve included are so beautiful – goes to show how important it is to have great outfits!

  15. Kat says:

    What great tips! And I love that your photography is true-to-color and not faded–it really brings out the personalities of your couples.

  16. Meaghan says:

    Yosemite is so gorgeous!! I love your tip to wear bold colors to stand out. Definitely something I wouldn’t have thought of! Great blog!

  17. What a wonderful idea to create a “what to wear” guide for a specific location! So smart and helpful! And your photos are amazing!!

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