let me just start by saying you’re not alone…trying to figure out what to wear to a photoshoot can be super stressful!! I made this guide to help my couples understand what outfits photograph best and why— not to control you or change who you are, but to give you my best advice. I want you to feel comfortable and happy for the whole shoot, and I know this will help!!
ABOVE ALL ELSE, I want you two to represent your own style and personality in your outfits and photos. You have creative freedom with your outfits, so do not let this guide hinder you from being who you are!
why does it matter?
During the shoot, I want to focus on YOU— who you are, the emotions you share, the stories you have to tell. I want YOU to be the sole focus of every frame. While some outfits look great in person, they can also sometimes be very distracting in a photo. I promise that if you follow these guidelines, your photos will turn out so much better, because they will be intentional and draw attention to YOU, the subject.
BRING MULTIPLE THINGS!! It’s always good to have options. I love being able to see the different colors and patterns in your outfits against the colors and patterns of the shoot location. We will most likely be changing a few different times, so I recommend bringing 5 pairs of shirts, 3 different pants/bottoms (EACH), and 2-3 different dresses. Please remember that depending on location, the best place to change might be a public restroom or the back of your car!
During a shoot, I want to make you feel like I’m just third-wheeling on a date, capturing moments as they happen. I will ask you questions and make you play some fun games to inspire emotion (stuff like “wrap each other up like a present!!”). Some will make you laugh, some will make you happy cry, but the point is —get ready to be comfy, snuggly, and goofy because I want to capture you AS YOU ARE. This is also probably something to consider this when you are deciding what shoes to wear. It doesn't make much sense to where shoes at all if you are on the beach, and heels are a bad idea 99.9% of the time. Pick shoes that photograph well but always consider comfort
Perfectly posed photos of people frozen in time are NOT my thing. We’ve all seen those photos, and we all know how they look. Instead, I want you both to be focused on movement and getting comfortable with each other. There should really never be a time where you are holding a pose so tightly that you forget to breathe. If I tell you to kiss, keep kissing, if I tell you to hug, rub each others arms as if it were freezing outside. Pretty much, just don’t stop moving. Even if the movements are subtle and gentle.
This is a good one.
Earlier, I mentioned that we really want to keep outfits from distracting from the true subjects — YOU. So, with that idea in mind, always recommend NEUTRALS. But before you both show up wearing grey shirts and blue jeans, let’s be clear — most colors have neutral versions. For example, instead of wearing an ultraviolet purple t shirt, wear a Taupe or Mauve sweater that does not distract but still adds a slight colorful aspect. And instead of wearing lime green, wear a forest green that doesn’t distract from the beauty in your face. And also make sure that you wear colors that compliment your skin color.