What to Wear
So here's the rundown
I know it can feel intimidating to pick what to wear for photos. This is a question I get for pretty much every shoot- should we coordinate or match outfits, Im not sure what to wear?
My best answer is yes-ish to coordinating but no to matching.
Heres a few guidelines and suggestions i've put together so you guys can feel amazing, comfortable and make sure the images are focused on you and not what you're wearing. This is just what I've found to work from trial and error in past shoots, they're only guidelines, not rules- you can show up wearing matching clown outfits if thats what makes you feel best! I want you to feel and look like yourselves, how you normally dress, so you can be as comfortable as possible.
Here's a few guidelines to help if you're feeling unsure about what to wear.
First, I always recommend to bring a couple of options.
I'll help pick and pull a few outfits for you guys to change into when we move locations- this allows you to get more variety from our session and it will help the overall look of the photos to compliment the environment and keep the focus on you!
All you should bring is clothes that you feel good in, stuff you wear normally, I don't recommend to go out and buy a bunch of new outfits. I suggest bringing 2 extra shirts and pants, or an extra dress or two. Accessories are always great to layer on and can add an interesting element to your photos, hats, beanies, scarves, jewellery etc. For family shoots, I know kids aren't usually up for an outfit change, if you want to bring an extra shirt or sweater for them thats aweosme, if not totally fine too!
Also, just know that depending on where we are shooting, you'll most likely be changing in the back of the car or side of the road. If you aren't down with that, thats totally fine just bring one outfit and a sweater or jacket to throw on for some variety!
Patterns & Logos
Avoid big, loud, chunky patterns.
The smaller and more subtle the better, if the pattern on your clothes is too loud it will distract from your faces. Flannels are always a yes, I think they match the island life so much and add nice texture to photos. Patterns can work in photos, typically I have only one person wear a pattern against the other solid colored clothing.
Logos can work in a certain situation, I always suggest to avoid branding logos like "Hollister" across the front of your sweater but if you have a favourite band t-shirt you love or a logo that means something to you, absolutely bring it along!
Softer Colours & Texture
Neutral colours don't have to be just beige, grey, and taupe. Every colour basically has a softer more neutral version. Instead of green, a sage soft green. Opposed to bright red, a maroon- you get the idea. Textures in clothes also add to your photos, chunky knits, ribbed shirts, jean jackets.
Softer tones don't stand out so loudly and keep the focus on you and your partner or family. This is just a general suggestion, bring some options and you cant go wrong.
Props don't have to be cheesy, props can be a pizza picnic, your dog, a motorcycle, blankets, a book to read, a truck/car, campfire, a paddle board or canoe!
All of these props can be used in such a fun way, if you have any ideas or props you want to incorporate let me know and we can make sure to get them in the photos!
In Home Sessions
All of the above applies, but for in home couples sessions I say more skin showing is better.
No, that doesn't mean you need to be borderline naked, but the photos will look a lot more comfortable and intimate then if you're in lots of heavy layers. Cause let's be real, most people walk around without pants on at home anyways. If you want to just wear his shirt or sweater for a few or have your man go shirtless, then heck yes to that. :P
For family in-home sessions, I still say more comfortable light clothing and skin on skin creates emotion and connection in your images. I recommend wearing more tank tops, shorts, sweaters, jeans and anything to mix and match.
I have recently started a client closet. Numerous dresses for ladies to choose from- different colours, styles and sizes, most have stretch that will fit a wider variety of body types and for maternity sessions.
I will have photos soon of the outfits and they are available to rent for $30 per dress. Please ask me about these in the meantime to try then on prior to your session.
Well that's all friends!
If you have any more questions, let me know! If you're still freaking out about what to wear feel free to shoot me a pic or two of what you're thinking and I can help! But overall, just wear what you're comfortable in. You do you and the photos will turn out amazing.