I know, trying to figure out what to wear for your session can seem really challenging. Thats why I am sending you some tips that may help you pick some outfits that are just right. This will help you find something that is comfortable for the both of you, but still makes you feel like Beyonce, while keeping the focus on the two of you.
I just want to say that I am in no way a fashion expert, I am just sharing with you what I have found to work from past experiences, these are in no way rules! Just guidelines :)
Ultimately, I want you to feel amazing & comfortable in what you decide to wear. What is more important is that you guys look & feel like yourselves. A lot of people try to go shopping for new clothes for the shoot beforehand but I actually recommend not going that route. Bring 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. A lot of people will want to go shopping for “nicer” looking clothes which is totally fine, but sometimes they regret not just wearing what makes them feel like themselves. Who cares if you look back at the photos in 20 years and laugh about what you’re wearing? As long as it represented what you guys are like right now, thats all that matters. Plus, guys are usually not all that stoked about putting on a collared ironed button up with dress shoes if they’re used to wearing flannels and Chacos every day. Pinky promise they’ll be way more happy to be at the shoot if you don’t force an outfit he thinks is stupid.
Heres a few guidelines
First things first: Bring options
I will be able to look at outfits in person and see what looks best with the location and lighting. This way, I can make sure that the outfits look good with the environment while still keeping the focus on you two. Just make sure that you bring outfits you feel like a million bucks in that we can pick and pull from.
Don’t bring your whole closet though. It will take too much time to go through everything and will take time away from your session. I recommend bringing 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 are shooting, you’ll most likely be changing in the back of the car on the side of the road. 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 conditions and locations we are going to be shooting in and plan around it. If we are going to be hiking around the mountains or trails, bring shoes with good grip and you won’t twist your ankles in. If we are shooting on a lake or body of water, it would look weird if you’re wearing fancy shoes (ps heels are almost always a bad idea in most scenarios, unless you’re freakishly good at walking in them haha). 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 sweaty pit stains in the photos. 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 being able to move around in. If you're in brand new jeans that are still stiff and tight, you might be distracted during the shoot trying to make sure everything stays in place as well as lets you sit and run and move around in. 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 definitely recommend sticking to neutrals and earthy tones. That doesn't always mean grays and browns. There are neutrals in every color. Stay away from bright fluorescent colors like pinks bright oranges and red. If you have dark or olive toned skin it might be an exception with the lighting, but in most cases it results in people having pink skin and looking weird in photos. So just try to stay away from those colors, but if you're really wanting to wear something that is pink orange or red, just check with me!
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. Flannels are usually always okay! I usually try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because, you guessed it, it makes the photos feel a little hectic and distracting from your faces and the location. Also, be sure to iron your clothes before so there’s not huge wrinkles distracting from your faces either!
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 dont distract from your faces when I’m getting close up shots!
When I think “props”, my mind flashes through all of the 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 naked cats, furry dogs, blankets, a truck/car, a campfire, a bouquet, a paddle board, etc. If you have props you wanna incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way!
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 wear pretty minimal makeup. I can't even tell you how many times I've had girls show up to shoots wiping off the caked on makeup and taking out 500 bobby-pins their makeup and hair artist did because it just doesn't look like them. 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. 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. Also, if you're whiter than toothpaste and want a spray tan, be sure to get a suuuuper natural airbrushed spray tan rather than one from a salon/tanning place. We don't want you looking like an oompa loompa!
If you have anymore questions, don’t hesitate to let me know! If you’re still worried about what to wear feel free to shoot me a pic or two of what you’re thinking, or we can create a little Pinterest board together! But overall, just wear what you’re comfortable in and feel like you in. A pair of Vans you’ve had since 8th grade? Great. A sweater you wore for basically a month straight? Awesome. A hat that you know your mom hates? Perfect. You do you, and I promise the photos will turn out amazing.