Engagement Prep Tips

Philadelphia Engagement Session Tips

It’s always a little intimidating to have your picture taken .... even if it’s just a photo on an iPhone that is taken by a friend. We all want to look nice in a photo! We realize that preparing for your engagement session can be a little overwhelming so here are some tips for outfits and accessories that will make your engagement prep a little more manageable.

Photograph of a couple having a great time while having their fun engagement shoot along the street in south Philadelphia at night



Don't try to MATCH

Don’t try to MATCH...try to pick outfits and accessories that coordinate instead. If everyone wore the same exact color at their e-shoot, how boring would those images be?

Different Outfits

Most often, couples like to have one casual, everyday outfit and then one outfit that is dressier! This will give your shoot two totally different “looks”. I recommend beginning with the dressy outfit first!

Don't be afraid to be BOLD

Don’t be afraid to be BOLD! Accessorize and make your outfits your own! Scarves, bold necklaces and fun shoes are always welcomed!

Wear Something Comfortable

Make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. And ladies, if the top is super low cut, that will limit the amount of angles I can shoot from.

MOST PATTERNS are actually ok

MOST PATTERNS are actually ok.... however, graphics are not favorable for portraits. If you’re wearing a pattern, make sure it’s not overwhelming and distracting.


BE ON TIME! Make sure you plan for traffic and parking. You don't want to show up stressed because you are late. Plus, the sun is only out for so long! The later you arrive, the less time we have to shoot. And nobody wants that!

Empty your pockets!

Empty your pockets! Literally. You don’t want to have key chains or phones showing through your pockets.
(This is for the guys especially!)


Relax! You don’t have to be a pro at this! I’m going to help you along the way and it’s going to be a blast! Enjoy this time together, and make a date out of it! Plan dinner afterwards and celebrate!!

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"Ralph's ability to make his clients feel like they are #1 at all times is phenomenal! His work speaks for itself, but it is what he does in addition to the pictures that makes the difference. Him and his team went far beyond our expectations and were able to capture not only pictures, but a story of our lives. We would recommend Ralph Deal Photography to anyone who wants an exceptional and personalized experience!"

-Rona Diamond

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