WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE
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! You can choose analogous colors or complemetary colors.
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.
Be careful with patterns.
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. Texture, on the otherhand, brings a photo too life. Don't be afraid to blend textures in your clothing!
In general, stray away from words and logos. They take the focus off of the subject and move it directly onto the words. In my opinion, the only time a logo may be appropriate is a branding shoot.
Make sure you are comfortable!
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!) and that you feel like yourself.
Try to keep this in mind especially for children. If they are uncomfortable, it’ll likely show in the images.
I must say, I’m a sucker for hair down as it promotes the feeling of movement (do you notice a pattern here?) Think of the way your hair moves as it flows through the wind or as your partner gives you a playful piggy back ride! Not to say there isn’t a time and place for updoes. Similar to outfit choice, think about what else is going into the shoot (location, clothing) and tie it all in accordingly. If you’re wearing a long, flowy dress, beachy waves or loose curls are perfect. If you’re doing a cozy in home shoot in sweats or PJs, a messy bun would be appropriate!
Consider slightly heavier make up than what is typical for you.
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. Eye make up really make the eyes pop.
Unsure how to do make up or hair? No problem! Try a blow out bar that offers both of these services! My favorite is Sip & Style, they are fabulous for both hair & make up, AND you can drink champagne while getting pampered! If this isn’t your thing, I’m more than happy to give you all of my referrals for the many talented local HMUA’s.
What about nails?
In my opinion, manacures are not totally necessary, unless it’s something you want to do! I do feature hands and details quite frequently though, so I wouldn’t come with chipped nails.
Accessories are super great to add a little bit of pizazz and personality to your shoot! Again, nothing that’s too distracting - keep it simple. Dainty gold jewelry and hats are always wonderful for women. If it’s cold, don’t be afraid to wear a scarf and chunky socks. Doing this can also add some texture!
& 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!
Above all else, do what makes you feel like you. Don't try to be someone else for your photos. The more you feel like yourself, the more likely you are to love the experience as well as the final images.
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!