My Top Tips to Having a Bohemian Engagement Session

Although I have a million tips to having a bohemian engagement session, I’m just going to focus on my #1-go-to in this article. One of the easiest ways to make your session feel more organic, earthy, and dreamy is to choose the right bohemian dress for your engagement session! From flowy solids to wild prints, it all gives me the heart eyes! I’m here to guide you through which prints and colors photograph the best!

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My Top Tips to Having a Bohemian Engagement Session

Since I’m known for my obsession with floral print, you may be surprised to hear me say that not all floral print is created equal! There really are some that don’t photograph quite as well! I will go through what to look for below:



There are certain colors that just vibe well with the camera. Lighter tones and more muted shades photograph beautifully and will help bring all the attention to your faces and how you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of lavender, soft pink, and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. This softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments, and especially compliments any season!

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If you are a color fan and would love to have a bolder look, there are ways to make this happen too! Color can set the mood for the shoot and express a lot about you two! Deeper tones, like burgundy, black, dark gray, and emerald green can produce a more dramatic and moody look, especially on a lighter skin tone. Meanwhile, mustard, all shades of brown, and burnt orange can give you a more 70’s vintage look. If you are thinking something more bright, like a bold red or vibrant purple, you will have a more fun and happy mood to your images. I would just caution you to stay away from too bright of shades like neon colors. These do not photograph well or look very nice against any skin tone.

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What to watch out for:

Color can be amazing! I just want to let you know when it can get you into trouble… photographically speaking! ;) Like I mentioned above, neon colors never really work out! Secondly, avoiding shades that would blend into your background is in your best interest (ex. green in a lush summer forest.)

My Top Tips to Having a Bohemian Engagement Session

Print Type

I’m going to tryyyy and not act like floral print is the only print in the world in this section… but we will see how that goes! When selecting a print, ideally, you will want to find a more delicate design where there isn’t too much contrast in the patterns! A print like this is easier on the eyes and helps create a calming and natural photograph!

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If you’ve got a love for those busier, more detailed prints, I’ve got your back! When selecting a highly detailed print, you want to keep it looking as delicate as possible by choosing a lower contrast color palette. A teeny-tiny print with high contrast (think tiny white flowers against a black background) can sometimes feel a little too distracting for the eye. If you’ve got a super bohemian piece that you love but it might be a little on the busy side, no worries, it will still be amazing! Selecting a print that feels like you is always priority #1!

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Bohemian Prints for Your Engagement Session

What to watch out for:

It usually goes without saying that the patterns, prints, and graphics to avoid are stripes, heavy geometric shapes, and text. I always want to reiterate that a small print with high contrast can also feel a little too busy! To keep a more calming look, avoid a high contrast color palette (like white and black together) and you will be all set!

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Whether its a tribal print, one of those new leaf prints, or the classic boho design I love seeing all over Pinterest, it’s going to make you look and feel like a free-spirited goddess! If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with all the options out there, you know I am here. to. HELP. Check out my Pinterest board where I’ve done a little of the shopping for ya ;)

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Alright, my friends, that wraps up my post (where I mentioned a few other prints other than just floral, I might add!!) on my top tips to having a bohemian engagement session! I hope this helps guide you through the planning process!

Looking for even more inspiration? Check out my free guide: 5 Tips for Planning a Bohemian Wedding

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