I know how overwhelming it can be deciding what to wear for photos. So I created this guide with you in mind to help you get the best out of your photos. Hear me out - what you wear can make or break your photos. That is why this matters, and why I want to give my clients the absolute best experience, and photos they will love.
What To Wear Guide
Here's a few things to help you get started:
The clothing you choose to wear during your session will play a huge role in how your photos turn out. You should definitely choose options that reflect your personal style, fit nicely, and that you feel comfortable in. After reading through this, take a look at what you already own. A lot of couples feel like they have to go shopping, but usually they already own a few things that they feel confident and comfortable in - and that fits the guide! Of course shopping for your shoot is great too, but definitely not necessary.
Which brings me to my next point, bring options if you want. Two to three tops, and two bottoms would be plenty. Bring a dress or two if you want as well. If you only want to wear one outfit or dress that's totally okay too! It all depends on you, and what you want out of your session. If you want a laid back feel, bring casual options. If you want something more dressy, dress it up! Or, bring both casual and dressy for a good variety. For guys, I have found that tailored, slim fitting pants photograph better as opposed to looser pants.
That pretty much covers the basics! Keep scrolling to break it down into details.
Make sure it makes sense
Think about the locations, and the conditions that we will be shooting in. If we are shooting indoors, choose some loungey clothes, If we are going to be walking through the woods, wear comfortable shoes that you can hike around in. If it is going to be snowy and cold, plan on wearing layers, warm socks, and boots. If it's going to be crazy hot, dress in breathable clothes that'll keep you cool.
Sticking with neutral, earthy tones is your best bet. Wearing bright distracting colors can clash with the location, while wearing more muted colors with balance will flow with anything.
Not all neutrals work out- try to stay away from pinks/mauves/salmon colors as these take away from skin tones in photos. Often times, navy blues take away from skin tones as well.
If you are having a hard time deciding on colors, you can NEVER go wrong with the very basic neutrals like white, and beige. They always photograph so well with any location, and any skin tone.
Also steer clear of any logos or words on your shirts.
Avoid big, crazy patterns. Simple patterns like the photo to the right (or below if you're on mobile), are great! Also, avoid pairing patterns. If one wears a pattern, the other should stick to a solid to keep things from being distracting.
I LOVE when couples bring along hats, dainty jewelry, jean/denim jackets, or anything else that will add personality and interest to their photos!
When most people think props - they think cheesy. Props don't have to be chalkboards, and wooden Mr & Mrs signs. They can be your car/truck, champagne, flowers, etc. Props are not a must, but if you have something you want to incorporate into your photos, I'm all for it!
Hair and Makeup
If you want to get your hair and makeup done by a pro - do it. A lot of brides do their trial bridal makeup before their engagement shoot. Some use a MUA for fun. If you need help finding one, I got you! However, I do not think it is necessary at all. Do what feels right for you!
I promise you will look beautiful no matter what!