What to Wear Guide
So here's the rundown.
Man oh man! We know it can feel kind of daunting to pick what to wear for photos. Here are a few guidelines we’ve put together so you guys can be sure to look hot and be all over each other and feel like Beyonce, while still making sure the images are focused on your guys’ love, not what you’re wearing. Full disclaimer, we don’t know anything about fashion. Thomas and I wear t shirts, tennis, and chacos on a daily basis so there’s a hell of a good chance you’ve got better style than we do haha! This is just what we’ve believe to work best from trial and error from past shoots, they’re only guidelines, not rules! You can show up wearing potato sacks for all we care.
Ultimately, we want you guys to look like yourselves. Don’t feel like if you don’t follow these guidelines that your photos are gonna suck. The most important thing to us is that you guys feel and look like yourselves so you can be as comfortable as possible! A lot of people try to go shopping for new clothes for the shoot beforehand but we actually recommend not going that route. Bring stuff you normally wear, stuff that’s already in your closet that you love and feel yourselves in. An old band t shirt and ripped jeans? Perfect. Some of our couples will go shopping for “nicer” looking clothes which is totally fine, but sometimes they regret not just wearing what they feel like themselves in. Who cares if you look back at the photos in 20 years and laugh about what you’re wearing? As long as it represented what you guys are like right now, thats all that matter! Plus, guys are usually not all that stoked about putting on a collared ironed button up with dress shoes if they’re used to wearing flannels and Chacos every day. Pinky promise they’ll be way more happy to be at the shoot if you don’t force an outfit he thinks is stupid.
First off, we always recommend to bring options. To get the best results, we’ll pick and pull from the options you bring for you guys to change into for each location we shoot at. This way we can make sure the outfits compliment the environment so that the focus is on you two, not on any distractions, which yes, can be your outfits. All you have to do is make sure you bring stuff that you feel like a million bucks in that we can pick and pull from!
Don’t bring your whole closet though. It will take too much time for us to go through everything and will take time away from your session. Most people bring about 3 or 4 pairs of bottoms and 4 or 5 tops each, then you can bring dresses, accessories, jackets and whatnot as well. Also, just know that depending on where we are shooting, you’ll most likely be changing in the back of the car on the side of the road. If you aren’t down with that, that’s totally fine and you can just bring one outfit! Just make sure to text me a few photos of the outfit options you have and we can pick it out together beforehand.
Make sure it makes sense.
Think about the conditions and locations we are going to be shooting in and plan around it. If we are going to be hiking around natural areas where the terrain is rugged, bring shoes with good grip that you won’t twist your ankles in. If we are shooting on a sandy beach, it would look weird if you’re wearing shoes (ps heels are almost always a bad idea in most scenarios, unless you’re freakishly good at walking in them haha). If it’s freezing cold outside, bring lots of layers and warm clothes with wool socks and boots. If it’s going to be hot, which most of the time it is, bring clothes that can breathe more so you don’t have sweaty pit stains in the photos. Be as comfortable as you can be!
Like we said, make sure that the materials you wear will keep you comfortable during the shoot not only for temperatures but also for being able to move around in. If you're in brand new jeans that are still stiff and tight, you might be distracted during the shoot trying to make sure everything stays in place as well as lets you sit and run and move around in. We recommend bringing clothes that are "broken in" so that you'll be as comfortable as possible. We also love when people bring clothing or accessories that can show movement by catching wind, because it adds energy to the photos and looks freaking gorgeous!
We typically recommend sticking with neutrals and earthy tones. Neutrals doesn't just mean greys and browns theres neutrals for every color (mustard yellow, forrest green, navy blue, burnt orange, etc.) Just stay away from fluorescent distracting colors. The only specific colors we typically recommend to stay from are pinks, bright oranges and reds. If you have dark or olive toned skin it might be an exception with the light conditions but alot of the time it results in people looking really pink and weird in photos. So just and stay away from those colors if you can, but if you really want to wear something that is pink, red, or orange just check with us! If you're feeling lost here is a link to a Pinterest board with photos of some ideas you can look at for inspiration!
Avoid big, loud, chunky, crazy patterns. The smaller or more subtle, the better! If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces. Flannels are always a yes in our book! We usually try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because, you guessed it, it makes the photos feel a little hectic and distracting from your faces and the location. Also, be sure to iron your clothes before so there’s not huge wrinkles distracting from your faces either!
When we think “props”, our minds flash through all of the cringe-worthy Pinterest photos we’ve seen of cheesy chalkboards and hobby lobby props brought to shoots that basically just make me wanna barf. But props don’t have to be cheesy! Props could be a dominos pizza picnic, a motorcycle, your naked cats (if you have a dog and don't bring it we'll be pissed), blankets, a truck/car, a campfire, a bouquet, a paddle board, etc. If you have props you wanna incorporate, let us know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way!
All of the above applies, but for in home sessions we say the more skin showing the better! No that doesn’t mean you need to be borderline naked, we're just saying the photos will look a lot more comfortable and intimate than if you’re in lots of heavy layers! Cause let’s be real, most of us walk around without pants on at home anyways. We recommend bringing options of tank tops, shorts, sweaters, and jeans to mix and match! Anything that will show some skin is perf! Or if you wanna just wear a sweater with undies for a few or have your bae be shirtless, then heck yes to that. We pinky promise we're not creeps hahah.