It's that time, folks. Possibly the most dreaded parts of planning a photoshoot - figuring out what to wear! This is one of the most common question I get from clients so if you're asking the same thing then 1. You aren't alone and 2. This guide is for you!!
I know it can be kind of overwhelming picking and choosing what you think is “the perfect outfit” but, I promise you it doesn’t have to be. I put together this guide to make the process as easy peasy as possible! The goal is to make you guys look hot as heck while staying comfortable and avoiding the clothes becoming a distraction, taking away from yo' beautiful faces.
Before we get into it, something I want to emphasize is that these are guidelines NOT rules!! I want to help you make intentional outfit choices that add to the photos and make you feel like the best version of yourselves and no one else. Don’t feel like if you don’t follow these guidelines that your photos are gonna suck. 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! Don't feel like you have to go out and buy new clothes either! Bring stuff you normally wear, stuff that’s already in your closet that you love and feel yourselves in.
First off, I always recommend to bring options. At the shoot, I’ll pick and pull from the options you bring for you guys to change into for each location we shoot at. This way I can make sure the outfits compliment the environment so that the focus is on you two, not on any distractions. All you have to do is make sure you bring items that you feel like your best selves in that we can pick and pull from!
Most people bring about 3 or 4 pairs of bottoms and 4 or 5 tops each, then you can bring dresses, accessories, jackets and whatnot as well. Also, just know that depending on where we're shooting, you’ll most likely be changing in the back of the car if there aren't any public bathrooms around! If you aren’t down with that, that’s totally fine and you can just bring one outfit! Just make sure to text me a few photos of the outfit options you have and we can pick it out together beforehand.
Think about the weather and conditions at the locations we're going to be shooting in and plan around it. If we are going to be hiking around the mountains, bring shoes with good grip and you won’t twist your ankles in. If we are shooting on a sandy beach, it would look weird if you’re wearing shoes. 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 more so you don’t have sweat stains in the photos. Be as comfortable as you can be!
I recommend sticking with neutral and earthy tones! I don't just mean greys and browns!! There are neutrals of every color (forest green, mustard yellow, navy blue, burnt orange, etc). The colors you want to stay away from are those bright distracting fluorescents (specifically reds, bright oranges, pinks, royal blues). If you're really set on wearing one of these colors or are just unsure what to categorize yours as, just send me a picture and I'll be able to tell you if it'll be a distraction during the shoot. If you're still totally lost about this, look through the Pinterest board I linked at the end for inspo!
When I say props I don't mean the "He asked/I said yes!" chalkboards on Pinterest. I'm not into that type of look and if you hired me then you probably aren't either. Props could be a foraged bouquet, a motorcycle, guitars, your kitty (dogs are more than welcome at shoots and by that I mean please bring them I'm begging you), blankets, a truck/car, etc. This can be such a fun way to make the shoot unique to who you are as a couple!! If you have props you wanna incorporate, let me know beforehand and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way!
I love when people bring hats, sunglasses, scarves, jewelry, etc because it’s nice to pair them with different outfit options. Just avoid wearing watches so they don't distract from your faces when I’m getting close up shots!
You guys. I am aaaalll about movement. It's so freaking magical and can add so much emotion to the photo! Windswept hair and dresses flying as you run around with your cutie are a few of my favorite things. Like I said before, make sure that the materials you wear will keep you comfortable during the shoot not only for temperatures but also for being able to move around in. Don't bring your brand new jeans that are still stiff and tight! You don't want to worry about fixing them the whole time during the shoot and being uncomfortable. I recommend bringing clothes that are "broken in" so that you'll be as comfortable as possible.
Things to avoid: big, loud, chunky, crazy patterns. The smaller or more subtle, the better! If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces and that's a big no-no. Flannels have a super cozy vibe so they actually add to the photo instead of distract! I usually try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because it can make the photos feel a little hectic. Also, be sure to iron your clothes before so there’s not huge wrinkles distracting from your faces either!
Pasang's dress had a pretty bold floral print that would go against the guidelines I stated, but I think it's a total exception! The colors aren't fighting against the background and I don't think it distracts from their faces in a negative way. A perfect example of why these aren't "rules"!
All of the above applies, but for in home sessions I say the cozier the better! No that doesn’t mean you need to be in pajamas, I’m just saying the photos will look a lot more comfortable and intimate if you're wearing soft textures and showing a little skin! I recommend pulling options of tank tops, shorts, sweaters, and jeans to mix and match! Anything that will show some skin is perf! Or if you wanna just wear a sweater with undies for a few or have your bae be shirtless, then heck yes to that. I pinky promise I'm not a creep hahah.
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 like your best self." 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 wear pretty minimal makeup, if at all, with messy space buns anyways. The most important thing is that you feel confident like Beyonce always. If you're getting hair and makeup done, I recommend you schedule to be done at least an hour before you have to leave for the shoot so you aren't late to the shoot!
If you have any questions for me please email or text me and I'll get back to you asap! I want our shoot to the best ever so it's impossible to annoy me with a bunch of messages. I linked the Pinterest board for inspo below so feel free to check it out for outfit ideas that I totally love! Talk to you soooon!!