what to wear guide
Hello friends! I am so excited to get you in front of my camera!
Here are a few tried and true tips and tricks to help guide you through the question every girl asks her bff before a big night:
"what should I wear???"
// here's the deal
I 10000% remember how anxious I was before my own engagement photos. I changed my mind about what to wear multiple times. It's stressful! I get it.
Ultimately, I want you guys to look like yourselves. Don’t feel like if you don’t follow these guidelines that your photos are going to suck. The most important thing to me is that you guys feel and look like yourselves, how you normally dress, so you can be as comfortable as possible!
Often, people go shopping for new clothes before the shoot and while it can be fun to get a new favorite dress, don't totally discount your go-to oldies. 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. You may want to go shopping for "nicer" looking clothes, which is totally fine! I just don't want you to regret not wearing something you feel like yourself 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're like right now, that's all that matters!
// here come the tips!
First off, I always recommend to bring options. To get the best results, I’ll pick and pull from the options you bring for you guys to change into for each location we shoot at. This way I 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 me 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 try 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 the mountains, bring shoes with good grip that you won’t twist your ankles in. If we are shooting on a sandy beach, you'll probably want to go barefoot. Heels get tricky in most situations and probably aren't the best idea unless you're freakishly good at walking in them (for sure bring a backup shoe option if you're going with heels). 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, bring clothes that can breathe more so you don’t have sweaty pit stains in the photos. Be as comfortable as you can be!
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. Small repeating patterns like small stripes can create a visual distortion effect called moire, so keep that in mind. If you have questions about a pattern, just ask! I 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!
I typically recommend sticking with neutrals and earthy tones. Neutrals doesn’t mean just greys and browns, there’s neutrals of every color (mustard yellow, forest green, navy blue, burnt orange, etc). Stay away from bright, fluorescent distracting colors. The only specific colors I typically recommend to stay away 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 a lot of the time it can mess with your skin tones in photos, making you very pink or your shirt off color. I personally love the color pink, and there are exceptions to every rule for sure! If you're really wanting to wear something that is pink, orange or red just check with me! If you’re still feeling lost, look through some of my past galleries for more color scheme inspo!
Like I 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 distracting during the shoot trying to make sure everything stays in place as well as lets you sit and run and move around in. I recommend bringing clothes that are "broken in" so that you'll be as comfortable as possible. I 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! Gals, if you're into flowing dresses, this is a great option!
When I think “props”, my mind flashes through all of the cringe-worthy Pinterest photos I’ve seen of cheesy chalkboards and hobby lobby props brought to shoots. But props don’t have to be cheesy! Props could be a dominos pizza picnic, a motorcycle, your naked cats (we can talk about your dog all dang day), blankets, a truck/car, a campfire, a bouquet, a paddle board, etc. If you have props you wanna incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way!
I love when people bring hats, sunglasses, scarves, jewelry, etc because it’s nice to pair them with different outfit options. Just avoid wearing watches so they don’t distract from your faces when I’m getting close up shots!
// Hair + makeup
A lot of people ask me whether or not they should get your hair and makeup done by a pro. My answer is always "whatever will make you feel best, do that." I absolutely don't think it's necessary whatsoever, but it can be something that makes you feel extra special. I do recommend if you're having it done that go you for a minimal or natural look, because most likely you'd rather look like yourself than a super glammed up version. I've definitely had girls show up to shoots wiping off the caked on makeup and taking out 500 bobby-pins their makeup and hair artist did because it just doesn't look like them. But, if you want your hair and makeup done, then definitely do it! Because the most important thing is that you feel confident, like Beyonce, always. If you're getting hair and makeup done, I recommend you schedule to be done at least an hour before you have to leave for the shoot so you aren't late. Also, if you're whiter than toothpaste like me and want a spray tan, be sure to get a suuuuper natural airbrushed spray tan rather than one from a salon/tanning place. We don't want you looking like an oompa loompa!
// That's it!
If you have anymore questions, don’t hesitate to let me 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! But overall, just wear what you’re comfortable in and feel like you in. A pair of Vans you’ve had since 8th grade? Great. A sweater you wore for basically a month straight? Awesome. A hat that you know your mom hates? Perfect. A maybe-too-glamourous-for-everyday sequined dress? Yaaaaas. You do you, and I promise the photos will turn out amazing.