Wearing the right clothing to your shoot can really change how your photos turn out. Not only can it make or break the aesthetic of the photos, but your outfit can also effect how you move, behave and feel.
I know it can feel kind of daunting to pick what to wear for photos, so I’ve put together a few tips so you can be sure to look great and feel comfortable, while still making sure the images are focused on your love for one another, not what you’re wearing. Full disclaimer, I don’t know everything about fashion and there’s a good chance you’ve got better style than I do! But, this is just what I’ve found to work best from trial and error from past shoots, they’re only guidelines, not rules - so don't feel like you have to run out and buy a new wardrobe! Ultimately, I want you to look like yourselves but also feel like a million dollars.
If you're unsure, I always recommend you bring a couple of different looks to the shoot. This isn't necessary, but it gives us a great back up if things aren't working or you just want to mix it up during the shoot.
Think about the conditions and locations we are going to be shooting in and plan around it. If we are going to be walking in tall grass or in the park, bring some closed in shoes. If we are shooting on a sandy beach, it would look weird if you’re wearing shoes (ps heels are almost always a bad idea in most scenarios, 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 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 (such as a flowing dress), because it adds energy to the photos and looks amazing!!
I typically recommend sticking with neutrals and earthy tones. Neutrals doesn't just mean gray's and brown's, there's neutrals of every colour (mustard yellow, forest green, navy blue, burnt orange etc). Stay away from bright, fluorescent distracting colours. The only specific colours I recommend to stay away from are pinks, bright oranges and reds (unless you have an olive or darker skin tone). I recommend you dress to match the environment we're shooting in - if we're in nature, I recommend earthy warm tones, if we're near water, I recommend cooler colours, and if we're in the city, you could probably take your pick.
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. Checkered (or flannel) shirts can be an exception. 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 highly recommend you don't dress your family in the same thing (all wearing jeans and same coloured tops).
You want to coordinate, but not match. Please choose only a maximum of two patterns, and the rest of the family members should wear block colours. I also recommend that you don't all wear the same colour on top (e.g. white) as when I photograph you together, you don't know where one person stop and another starts!
I love it when my clients bring hats, sunglasses, scarves or jewellery to a shoot - we can use them to make great photos, plus it adds your personality into the shoot. Just avoid wearing watches/fitbits etc as it can look distracting in close up shots.
When I think “props”, my mind flashes through all of the cringe-worthy Pinterest photos I’ve seen of chalkboards and props brought to shoots that just look cheesy! But props don’t have to be cheesy... Props could be a dominos pizza picnic, a motorcycle, your fluffy dog, blankets, 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!
All of the above applies, but for in home sessions I say the more skin showing the better! No that doesn’t mean you need to be borderline naked, I’m just saying the photos will look a lot more comfortable and intimate than if you're in lots of heavy layers! Cause let’s be real, most of us walk around without pants on at home anyways. I recommend preparing options of tank tops, shorts, sweaters, and jeans to mix and match! Or if you wanna just wear a sweater with undies for a few or have your husband be shirtless, then heck yes to that. I pinky promise I'm not a creep!
For Families -
I just love natural fabrics and textures - cottons, linens and wools! It looks homely and cosy. Keep it casual (no one dresses up to stay home) and comfortable - heck, I don't even mind if you stay in your robe! Check out my favourite shops below for some inspo!!