First things first!
Hey there! I hope you’re getting as excited for your session as I am! I know picking out what to wear can be intimidating, so don’t worry we’re going to go through this together. Here are a few guidelines I’ve put together so you can show up to your shoot looking and feeling awesome, while still making sure the images are focused on you and not what you’re wearing. To start things off, let me just make it clear that I am by no means a fashion expert, I spend 90% of my time in flannels and Birkenstocks so there is a hell of a chance you have better style than I do! These things are just what I’ve found successful from previous shoots. It’s also super important to remember that these are just guidelines and not rules, so if you want to pull a David and show up in a chicken suit (bad Bachelorette joke), you do you.
The biggest thing for me is that I want you guys to look like yourselves. Don’t feel like if your style doesn’t seem like it matches this guideline that your photos won’t turn out great. Wearing what you would normally wear not only makes the photos actually look like you guys, but you will be SO much more comfortable throughout the shoot! A lot of my couples have gone shopping to find “nicer” things for them to wear, but then they are so uncomfortable in it halfway through the shoot and they regret not just wearing something they feel like themselves in. Bring stuff that you normally wear, stuff that’s been in your closet and that you can feel cozy and like yourself in. If you normally wear ripped jeans and an oversized sweater? Do it. Plus, most dudes are generally not too thrilled about having to wear a starchy button-up oxford with dress shoes if they are normally running around in Timberlands and a flannel. I promise you will feel way better before and after the shoot if you wear things that make you feel like you.
Some Starter Tips
My first important tip: options. For the best looking outfits, I love to pick and pull from the options you pack to change into for each location that we shoot at. This is awesome because then I can make sure your outfits compliment the environment we’re shooting in as well as don’t create unnecessary distractions from you two! The only thing you have to do is bring an assortment of clothes that make you feel like a rockstar.
On that note though, I also do not recommend packing your whole closet haha. We don’t want to spend too much time choosing outfits or it will take too much away from your session time! Most folks bring about 3-4 pairs of bottoms, 1-2 dresses, and 4-5 tops, and then on top of that pack a couple of jackets, accessories, hats, etc. I LOVE when people bring hats, jewelry, scarves, etc because you can use them to switch up all of the outfits. Just make sure you aren’t wearing watches, as those can get pretty distracting in the close-up images! Also, it’s a good thing to keep in mind that depending on where we are shooting there is an excellent chance that you will changing in the back of a car. If you aren’t okay with that, that’s totally alright and you can just wear your one outfit! And you are welcome to text me photos of your options as well so we can pick it out together before the session.
I generally recommend sticking with earthy and neutral tones. Now this doesn't mean that you can only wear gray and khaki,, but go for the neutral versions of your favorite colors. I.E. Navy blue instead of cerulean, mustard yellow instead of bright yellow, olive green instead of bright green, deep maroon instead of red, rust instead of orange, etc. Stay away from very bright, distracting colors. The only specific colors I recommend steering completely clear of are red, orange, and pink. Most of the time those colors can make skin tones look funny, and can even reflect onto the other person and make their skin tone look funny as well. If you are dying to wear something in that color family, just check in with me!
Movement in what you wear can create the most amazing images. It's important to make sure the materials you wear will not only keep you comfortable for the temperature we're shooting in, but you should also be able to comfortably move around in them. You are going to be sitting, dancing, running, skipping, all of the good things - so if you are wearing a brand new pair of jeans that are super stiff, you will most likely find yourself distracted from the shoot as well as going through more effort to do those things! I also LOVE when people bring clothes that have a little additional fabric to catch the wind, because it adds dimension to your photos and looks freakin amazing!
Patterns can really make or break a look! I highly recommend avoiding super loud, bright, big patterns. The smaller or more subtle the patterns are, the better! If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces which is not what we want. I also recommend avoiding pairing too many patterns together because, you guessed it, it gets distracting. A great way to add pattern without worrying is by adding texture or layers. So if you’re worried about pattern-clashing, try adding a texture with a denim jacket, leather coat, a knit, anything along those lines!
make it make sense.
Now this might seem a little obvious, but make sure that your outfit makes sense for where we're shooting and plan around it! If we're shooting on a beach, it's going to look a little weird if you're wearing shoes. If it's freezing outside, make sure you pack warm clothes and boots!. Also, it's almost always a bad idea to wear heels - unless you are amazing at walking in them haha.
Bring your dog. That’s all.
Just kidding! Mostly. I feel like when you think of photo props, the first thing that comes to mind can be cheesy signs and other Pinterest-inspired DIY things that make me cringe a little bit. But props absolutely don’t have to be cheesy chalkboards and posters, and they can make a session WAY more fun! Props could be your pup, a canoe, campfire, a blanket, a cool jacket, your motorcycle, a bouquet, etc. I love incorporating props, so if you have something you love that you want to incorporate let me know and let’s make it happen!
That's all, folks!
Now you're officially a photoshoot look expert! If you still have questions about what to wear or are still feeling unsure, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me and we can go through it all together. You are always more than welcome to shoot me some photos of some outfits you were thinking of so we can pick it out together.