So you’ve booked your session... what’s next? Ooooh yes, the daunting task of deciding what to wear. It doesn’t have to be so daunting though! Picking your outfits can actually be one of the highlights of planning your session. What you wear really does have a huge impact on the final outcome of your photographs, so I’m here to help! Take a look at my tips below.

COORDINATE, but do NOT match!

This is the most important tip I can give you! If you have more than one person in your photo session, you want what you wear to go together, without matching exactly. The reason for this is we still want contrast between the outfits, as well as a bit of variety. I recommend choosing a palette of colors to stick to rather than one color. Pinterest has so many wonderful examples of color palettes to make this easy!

As for contrast, here is my recommendation. If one person is wearing dark bottoms and a light top, have the other person wear light bottoms and a dark top or a dress that ties it together. The goal is that the subjects do not blend together behind the camera. If your session just includes you, you’re in the clear!

Make sure your outfit goes with your surroundings.

Keep your location and season in mind. For example, if you are shooting in the desert, wear something summery and warm. If you are shooting in a garden, wear something springy or floral. If you are shooting an in home session, wear something light and comfortable. You want to look like you fit in with your surroundings.

Keep patterns light.

If you choose to wear a pattern, chose patterns that won’t be distracting. We want the primary focus to be YOU, not the busy pattern on your shirt. And if one person is wearing patterns, the other person(s) should consider dressing more plain.

Make sure you are comfortable {if possible!}

We LOVE movement! It’s what brings your images to life. Of course, your primary focus is your aesthetic, but if possible, make sure you’re able to comfortably move around (walking, jumping, even running!)

Try to keep this in mind especially for children. If they are uncomfortable, it’ll likely show in the images.

Consider heavier, but not cakey make up.

This one can be tough! Even if you are not big on make up, I always recommend wearing some (at least on the face.) The cameras that we use truly capture every detail, so wearing some make up can help to smoothen things out. Heavier eye make up really make the eyes pop.

& Finally, my faaaaavs!

Everyone has their own styles that reflect their personalities, and that is wonderful! Our goal is for your images to portray the true YOU!

I just want to share my favorites for those who may be feeling a little lost.

For women, I almost always prefer long, flowy dresses. The reason: they promote MOVEMENT and there is just so much that you can do with them! They’re comfortable, and they can be dressed up or dressed down. Additionally, so many things can be paired with them, from your own accessories to your partners outfit. If it’s a family session, I like to start with the mom and base the rest of the family’s outfit on her dress.

For men, button down shirts fit almost any occasion. Sometimes, even a t-shirt is perfect.

For children, something simple so the focus can be on their adorable faces!

If you are having trouble choosing your outfits, or would just like a second opinon, please never hesitate to ask. We are here to serve YOU and cannot wait to help tell your story!

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