So Here's The Rundown
Man oh man. I know it can feel kind of daunting to pick what to wear for photos. Here are a few guidelines I’ve put together so you guys can be sure to look hot and be all over each other, while still making sure the images are focused on your love, not what you’re wearing. This is just what I’ve found to work best from trial and error from past shoots. They’re only guidelines, not rules! You can show up wearing potato sacks if you feel so inclined.
Ultimately, I want you guys to look like yourselves. Don’t feel like if you don’t follow these guidelines that your photos are going to be terrible. The most important thing to me is that you guys feel and look like yourselves, how you normally dress, so you can be as comfortable as possible! A lot of people try to go shopping for new clothes for the shoot beforehand but I actually recommend bringing stuff you normally wear, stuff that’s already in your closet that you love and feel yourselves in. An old band t shirt and ripped jeans? Perfect. As long as it represents what you guys are like right now, thats all that matters.
guide on what to wear
First off, I always recommend to bring options. To get the best results, I’ll pick and pull from the options you bring as soon as we meet. This way I can make sure the outfits compliment the environment so that the focus is on you two, not on any distractions, which yes, can be your outfits. All you have to do is make sure you bring stuff that you feel like a million bucks in that we can pick and pull from!
Don’t bring your whole closet. It will take too much time away from your session. Most people bring about 2-3 pairs of bottoms and 3-4 tops each. Then you can bring dresses, accessories, jackets and whatnot as well. Also, just know that depending on where we are shooting, you might be changing in the back of the car. If you aren’t down with that, that’s totally fine and you can just bring one outfit!
1. Make Sure It Makes Sense
Think about the conditions and locations we are going to be shooting in and plan around it. If we are going to be hiking around the mountains, bring shoes with good grip that you won’t twist your ankles in. If we are shooting on a sandy beach, it would look best barefoot (ps heels are almost always a bad idea, unless you’re freakishly good at walking in them). If it’s freezing cold outside, bring lots of layers and warm clothes with wool socks and boots. If it’s going to be hot, bring clothes that can breathe so you don’t soak your clothes in sweat.
Be as comfortable as you can be!
Like I said, make sure that the materials you wear will keep you comfortable during the shoot not only for temperatures but also for movement. If your brand new jeans are still stiff and tight, you might be distracted during the shoot trying to make sure everything stays in place. I recommend bringing clothes that are "broken in" so that you'll be as comfortable as possible. I also love when people bring clothing or accessories that can show movement by catching wind, because it adds energy to the photos and looks freaking gorgeous!
I typically recommend sticking with neutrals and earthy tones. That doesn't mean just grays and browns, there is a neutral for every color (mustard yellow, forest green, maroon, navy blue, burnt orange, etc). Stay away from bright, florescent colors that tend to be distracting as well as pinks, bright oranges, and reds. Those specific colors tend to bring out unflattering skin tones.
Avoid loud, chunky, and crazy patterns. The smaller or more subtle, the better! If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces. Flannels are the exception to this rule. Also, be sure to iron your clothes before so there’s not huge wrinkles distracting from your faces either!
When I think “props”, my mind flashes through all of the cringe-worthy Pinterest photos I’ve seen of cheesy chalkboards and hobby lobby props brought to shoots. But props don’t have to be cheesy! Props could be a dominos pizza picnic, a motorcycle, your pup, blankets, a truck/car, a campfire, a bouquet, an ice cream cone, a paddle board, etc. If you have props you want to incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way!
6. In Home Sessions
All of the above applies, but for in home sessions I want to emphasize to wear something that will make you look comfortable and intimate. I recommend bringing options of tank tops, shorts, oversized sweaters, and jeans to mix and match! Feel free to show a little skin! Cause let’s be real, most of us walk around without pants on at home anyways. I pinky promise I’m not a creep hahah.
7. Hair & Makeup
A lot of people ask me whether or not they should get your hair and makeup done by a pro. My answer is always “whatever will make you feel best, do that.” I absolutely don’t think it’s necessary whatsoever, because in my personal opinion, I would rather look like MYSELF rather than a super glammed up version of myself; especially because I rarely wear makeup myself. But, if you want your hair and makeup done, then definitely do it, because the most important thing is that you feel confident like Beyonce always.