Like the location, your outfits should also be a reflection of you. You’ll want to keep the location in mind when you’re planning your session wardrobe.
Primary and secondary colors play a huge part in our photography. A touch of red, yellow, or blue can make any ensemble pop and help you stand out from the background. Even adding a pair of red or yellow shoes, tights, or a bright blue tie will transform your outfits.
Take this as your excuse to buy that dress from Free People you’ve been eyeing and to break out the shoes you look amazing in and just had to buy. And if your shoes are a little more daring, bring along another more comfortable pair so you can walk around with ease.
Try including some accessories—a simple necklace, floppy rimmed hat, bright socks, a pop-of-color belt, a scarf, a set of bracelets, or add some layers that make your look just a little more stylish.
A great, fitted button-up shirt is a good place to start; consider a chambray shirt, suspenders or a tie, and roll up the sleeves for part of the session for something a little more casual (or alternatively bring a blazer for a more dressed up look). If you’re in to hats, bring along a fedora, but please leave baseball hats at home!
Complimenting accessories are important as they’re a perfect way to bring your outfits together. Think about colors that go well together, but please try to avoid matching. Dress as though you are attending the same event; if one of you is dressed for a date at a coffee shop or if you’re planning to go barefoot in a field, match each other accordingly.
Avoid baggy button down shirts, light denim, polos, tennis shoes and sneakers, and logo shirts. There are always exceptions to the rules, but one rule we must insist on—if your shirt has more tattoos than you do, please leave it at home. Also, try to avoid any clothing that may show unintentionally visible bra straps, tags, or semi-transparent clothing that could reveal undergarments. During the session, plan on only carrying the bare minimum. If you can do so safely, please leave purses, bags, cell phones, etc in your car or if you must have an item with you, we can carry them for you.
Remember—confidence is everything in photographs. What you choose to wear should be something you feel comfortable in, something that compliments your physical features, your individuality, something you can move in, and something that makes you feel amazing.
We often recommend scheduling any make up trials on the same day as the shoot—I’ll say it, being dolled up makes you feel a little more ready to be photographed. My favorite photos are always simple eye make up with dark lashes. Giving a little extra attention to your lashes, brows, and eye make up helps to highlight these features and flatter your face’s natural shape.
Try not to forget your nails. Simple polish or, if you prefer bare nails and you’re worried about your nails during ring shots, consider treating yourself to a mani-pedi. It’s doing that little bit extra that will make you feel confident, and, (sorry for repetition, but) confidence is paramount.
Lastly, (and possibly more importantly) rules were meant to be broken. We truly trust your personal style and we know we’ll love what you choose. If you’d just like a second opinion before we start the session we encourage bringing along an extra outfit or two for each of you. We can give our best advice on which to go for and if we have time to change during the session, or in the case one gets dirty, we can give you the opportunity to switch.
If you have any questions as you’re planning for your session, please don’t hesitate to ask. We can’t wait to photograph you soon!