What to Wear
Hey guys! We know it can be intimidating when it comes to choosing an outfit, so we are here to help. Your outfit should make you feel comfortable and confident so that your emotions and personalities are what shines in your images. We want you to feel good and look good!
Here are some tips to help you get started.
First off, we always recommend to have options. To get the best results, we will help pick and pull from the options you bring for you guys to change into for each location we shoot at. This way your outfits compliment the environment so that the focus is on you two, not on any distractions, which yes, can be your outfits. What you feel comfortable in is what you will feel confident in!
While options are great, you don't have to bring the whole closet. Most people bring about 3 or 4 outfits each, then you can bring accessories, jackets and whatnot as well. Also, just know that depending on where we are shooting, your changing room could be the back of your car. If that doesn't float your boat, one outfit will do just fine. Just make sure to text us a few photos of the outfit options you have and we can pick it out together beforehand.
Think about the conditions and locations we are going to be shooting in and plan around it. If we are going to be hiking , bring shoes with good grip that you won’t twist your ankle 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. If it’s going to be hot, bring clothes that can breathe more so you don’t have sweaty pit stains in the photos. Be as comfortable as you can be!
The materials you wear should 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 also love when people bring clothing or accessories that can show movement by catching wind, because it adds energy to the photos and looks gorgeous!
We love using colors, and there are so many different ways to use them. A simple pop of color that compliments your skin tones can help draw focus to you as a couple. For example, pinks, oranges, and reds can be complimentary to dark or olive skin tones, whereas blues and greens can compliment lighter skin tones.
You guys can also look great by sticking to neutrals and earthy tones. Neutrals doesn't just mean grays and browns, there are neutrals of every color (mustard yellow, forest green, navy blue, burnt orange, etc.)
Still, rules are made to be broken so if you need some specific color in your life, do it! We want you to be you, just let us know what you have in mind.
Try to 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. 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. So if one of you chooses a pretty pattern, maybe the other can opt for something more simple. Also, be sure to iron your clothes before our shoot so there’s not huge wrinkles distracting from your faces either!
When we think “props”, we think of all the cringe-worthy Pinterest photos we've seen of cheesy chalkboards and hobby lobby props brought to shoots. But props don’t have to be cheesy! Props could be a beer and pizza picnic, a motorcycle, your precious pup (personal fave), blankets, 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! (Just try to avoid wearing watches if you can so they don't distract from your faces when we get some close up shots!)
Hair & Makeup
A lot of people ask whether or not they should get their hair and makeup done by a pro. our answer is always “whatever will make you feel best, do that.” Makeup can accentuate your facial features and that's never a bad thing for photos. But it can also be super caked on and make you not feel or look at all like yourself. Before deciding, think about where we will be shooting: the beach? You probably won't want fancy hair and makeup. If you do decide to get your hair and makeup done, we recommend you schedule it to be done at least an hour before you have to leave for the shoot so you aren’t late.
P.S. Nails. You can have them done or not. We just prefer they look nice and clean, since we want to get some purty close up shots of your bling.
Welp, that's all folks!
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to let me (Jamie) know! If you’re still freakin out about what to wear feel free to shoot me a pic or two of what you’re thinking, or we can create a little Pinterest board together! I'd be more than happy to help. You do you, and we promise the photos will turn out amazing.