WHAT TO WEAR Guide!
NEUTRALS, NEUTRALS, NEUTRALS!
One of the first the first questions clients ask me after booking a session with me is "What do I wear?"
So that's what we're going to talk about! ↡
If your nerves start to fizz when you think about what to wear, don’t worry! This is SO normal! Before you lose sleep to late nights spent online shopping putting articles of clothing in your cart only to take them out again -- let’s talk about what works and what doesn’t!
Firstly, plan your outfits around what you know about the conditions at the location we’ll be shooting at. You’ll want to be warm enough (or cool enough!) and have pain-free feet! Choose your clothing logically based on location, vibe, and comfort level!
Gather up 2 or 3 outfits that you feel amazing in and we can play around with different combinations on the day. Bring things that help you express yourself! Providing options helps to make sure your clothing compliment the environment - keeping the focus on you, where it should be!
Pick fabrics that move and flow with you. Ones that add a cozy texture, or get picked up by the wind, filter the late afternoon sun, and glow in the morning light. Long flowy dresses & skirts are my favourite to photograph because of the movement they provide during sessions! Natural fibers like linen, cotton, or wool are amazing! Try to avoid stiff-seeming garments with collars as they often get tucked in weird spots which constantly need adjusting.
NEUTRAL COLOURS PLEASE!
Neutrals, and earthy tones are our choices of colour! These colours compliment both outdoor & indoor environments almost anywhere and look DAMN FINE as a printed photograph! I love colours like cream, white, taupe, beige or brown! If you start by choosing a colour or two (rust, olive green, brown, mauve, mustard, burnt orange) then pair it with neutrals, you can't go wrong! By neutrals, I mean softer, lighter tones. Primary colours can be incredibly striking, but can sometimes have the effect of detracting from the main subject (which is you). So for example, instead of bright orange, opt for ochre, apricot or a burnt orange. Instead of bright pink, opt for a dusty rose or pale pink!
COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER, DON'T MATCH EACH OTHER!
In order for the aesthetics of your photograph to really sing, you want to find complementary outfits that showcase a variety of colours, textures, accessories, patterns, and tones! The idea is to have everything look good together, without looking uniform or the same. You don’t want to create the illusion of being your partner’s Siamese twin lol. When multiple people wear the same colour, sometimes their matching outfits blend together so much that you can’t really see any of them properly. The viewer can’t tell where one person begins and another one ends.
Wearing neutrals & earthy tones tends to me more timeless and it allows the focus to be on your connection and love rather than the clothes you're wearing! Neutrals look the best when hung on your wall at home! Chances are you don't have bright orange or bright pink home decor, so wearing these colours to your session than hanging that photo in your home probably won't match your style or decor. If you're planning to hang your photos, think about the colours in your home and what would flow and look best with your style. You can never go wrong with neutrals!
Avoid large bold patterns as they often dominate the photograph and detract attention from your beautiful face! Subtle smaller patterns tend to look best. Flannels or a light floral print are great when they complement the location. But less is definitely more with this one, try to limit yourself to one pattern at a time. Matching patterns is a tricky task, and it’s super difficult to do well. If you’re not quite sure what category your patterned clothes fall into, shoot me an email or send me a text and I’ll be happy to weigh in!!
What you wear is key to getting amazing photos that you and your family will love! I know that sometimes coordinating outfits can be stressful, so that's why I offer a client closet of clothing that represents my style and photographs! Most sessions you book with me will allow you access to my client closet! You can view all clothing and outfits in my client closet in our Instagram highlights "Client Closet"
Last but not least, BE COMFORTABLE!
Outfits can be the finishing touch on your session, truly making you the centre of attention in your photos! However, if you're uncomfortable in the outfits that you've chosen, it won't matter what the outfit looks like, it's going to show through the photos. If you're constantly worried about your dress riding up or your shoes pinching your toes, you're going to end up being more preoccupied with that than you will be loving your significant other. Make sure to wear something that you feel comfortable in!
DO'S AND DONT'S FOR YOUR OUTFIT SELECTIONS!
+ wear neutral colours or earthy tones
+ coordinate your outfits, don't match
+ wear a long flowy dress or skirt for added movement
+ wear something that your comfortable in and that makes you feel good!
+ don't wear bright or neon colours
+ don't wear too many loud patterns, stick to small dainty patterns
+ don't wear a shirt with a large logo or graphic tee