So you’re heading to Los Cabos, Mexico for your engagement shoot?
That’s so freaking exciting!
After all, these pictures are ones that’ll adorn your mantelpiece for a lifetime. They’re the photos your family will smile fondly at for generations to come.
However, this exciting event does beg the age old question… “What should I wear?”
Don’t worry, this guide has got you covered. We’re here to help you pick out a beautiful engagement shoot outfit that you won’t regret in years to come (hello, ‘80s shoulder pads?)
Pick your vibe
Obviously, if you’re having your photographs done in Cabo, you’re going for something summery – otherwise, you’re on the wrong website…
But it’s key to think about the kind of effect you want to create before choosing an outfit. Serious and romantic? Fun and flirty? Casual and candid, or uber dressy?
The vibe you choose is up to you – and it should be as unique as your love story! There are no right or wrong answers, but if you need a little inspiration, here’s a little to whet your appetite:
Think about colors
The vibe you choose will feed directly into your color scheme. If you want a playful shoot, then avoid anything too dark! You’ll want to go light and bright. This doesn’t mean you have to dress head-to-toe in neon colors; it could be as simple as choosing one or two bright pieces to make the photo pop.
If you’d like to create a dreamy, fairytale feel, you can’t go wrong with pastels. Baby pink, pale turquoise and lilac are always winners.
Meanwhile, rich, dark colors are the perfect choice for a more striking, dramatic shoot. Deep purples, garnet hues and royal blues would work perfectly.
Since you’ll be taking your pictures on the beautiful beaches of Los Cabos, Mexico, you really can’t go wrong with summer brights and floral patterns.
Of course, when you’re thinking about the color of your clothing, it’s not every man for himself (or every bride for herself.) You’ve got to think about how your outfits relate to each other.
It’s important to consider whether you and your other half want to complement or contrast with each other. It can be fun to match but then again, bright, clashing colors might suit your personalities better.
Ana and Lance, for example, both went with a white color scheme that created a serene and romantic feel for their special shoot.
Meanwhile, this happy couple went for all-black for their photos at the Cabo San Lucas arch. An unconventional choice for an engagement shoot, but it really worked for them.
Ideas for him
Guys are lucky – they have it so easy when it comes to deciding what to wear!
Since we’ll be shooting in the Mexican heat, guys really can’t go wrong with a linen shirt. Not only is it much more comfortable for a beach shoot, it looks smart but relaxed at the same time.
Unless you want to go super formal, guys can definitely get away with a smart pair of shorts. Don’t rock up in your gym shorts, though!
Patrick nailed it for his engagement shoot with Lindsay:
Alex went for full-length trousers and a pale blue shirt for his photos with Christy which looked great, although they did end up a little wet around the ankles.
Ideas for her
Let’s be honest: ladies’ fashion is way more fun! There are so many beautiful options for las chicas to choose from when it comes to an engagement suit. Here are a few ideas:
A fun, flirty playsuit would make a fantastic engagement shoot outfit. Make sure to pick a flowy material and a colorful or floral pattern. A bardot cut is especially flattering for brides-to-be who want to show off their tanned collar bones, and frills and ruffles can only be a good thing.
Colorful maxi dress
A maxi dress is never a bad idea, especially when it comes to beach photography. A flowing pastel dress is perfect for creating a fairytale feel that’s oh-so-romantic.
As for the cut, cold shoulder sleeves are very feminine and always look beautiful. Alternatively, a halter neck dress would work perfectly with the gorgeous, beachy background. We’re in love with Danielle’s bright, floral halter dress from the Schaefers’ shoot.
A long dress works especially well because on windy days it can be used to create a stunning flowing effect. Even if there’s no breeze, it’s perfect for when he sweeps you off of your feet!
Here comes the bride! This is an engagement shoot, after all, so why not lean into it and go with a gorgeous white dress? Of course, you might want to save that for your wedding but we say “go for it.” If you can’t be a little extra during your Los Cabos engagement photoshoot then when can you?
Top and maxi skirt
If you’re not feeling formal but would still like to wear something flowy and feminine, you could pair a pretty top with a long skirt. Fiorella managed to create a relaxed yet romantic feel in her Cabo engagement photos with Colby.
Of course, what you wear during your Cabo engagement photoshoot is completely your choice but we don’t recommend a short skirt if you want to take some swept-off-your-feet pictures – for obvious reasons.
Heels might seem like a good idea but we’re going to be shooting on the beach so we highly recommend that you go barefoot. It’s much more romantic, anyway.
So there we have it, some serious inspiration for your Los Cabos engagement photoshoot!
If you decide to book a trip to capture your magical moments, Cabo Pictures is here to make sure you’re all covered.
It’s our goal to tell your family’s story, whether it’s celebrating milestones or simply documenting your family vacation, so you have something to remember by. We offer a 60-minute photoshoot and are very flexible when it comes to the location and time of the shoot.
We make sure that we match our photographers with what you are looking for. Reserve today for only $75USD! This is an investment you won’t forget, and one that your family will always hold dear for many years.