You've booked your photography session and now you're wondering what in the world you should wear.
To help inspire you as you prepare, I’ve put together this comprehensive outfit and style guide.
1. Choose the location
You'd be surprised how much the location matters when choosing your outfits. Consider the vibe you are going for and chat with your photographer (aka me!) about picking the perfect setting. Think about what you kind of location you love and enjoy spending time in. That will help determine what type of clothing to wear.
2. Start with yourself
I recommend starting with your own outfit then building on that. Once you have that chosen, think about what other colors would coordinate well with it. I suggest sticking with neutral color palette. These tend to photograph best and are classic and timeless. Plus they look good in any setting.
3. Dress for the season
This may sound obvious, but please make sure to dress for the weather! Trust me, the only thing worse than feeling cold during your session is looking cold and miserable in your photos. Check the weather the day of your session and make sure you will be comfortable in your chosen outfits. Add layers if you think you'll need them.
4. Don't forget shoes
Footwear can make or break your entire outfit and experience. Forget the sandals and high heels and opt for some closed-toe shoes or boots instead. I promise you will thank me later. I tend to take my clients off the beaten path so it's possible we'll be waking in dirt, mud, or snow. I call them adventure sessions for a reason!
5. Avoid Mixing Patterns
I recommend solids over patterns any day. Busy patterns can be distracting and take the focus away from what the photos are all about. Consider playing with textures instead such as lace, satin, chunky knits, or denim. If one of you does wear a pattern, the other person should wear a solid.
Accessories are a great way to add personality and interest to your photos. Simply adding a hat, scarf, or some meaningful pieces of jewelry can bring your photos up a notch and complete your look.
Solids + Textures
Neutrals + Earth Tones
Boots + Closed toe shoes
Long flowy skirts + dresses
Jewelry that has meaning
Clothing that fits and flatters your body
Logos + Graphics + Busy patterns
Bright + Neon Colors
Stilettos + Flip Flops
Short skirts + dresses
Super tight or baggy clothing
Sunglasses + Transitional lenses
Here are a few of my favorite places to shop online for photoshoots
Esther & Co
Petal & Pup
Whatever you decide to wear, make sure you are comfortable so that you can relax and have fun during your session. If you don't feel comfortable in what you're wearing, you most likely won't look comfortable on camera either.
My photography style includes a lot of movement so make sure to wear something that allows you to move freely. Whatever setting we're in, I like to make sure we explore the surroundings rather than sticking to one spot. Be ready to move, walk, climb, and run.
The best piece of advice I can give is to dress like yourself. Your photos reflect who you are so pick something that shows your true style. Wear something you feel confident in and I promise you are much more likely to love your photos.
If you've read through all of that and are feeling overwhelmed, simply choose something in your closet that you love and feels flattering then build from there. Remember, the photos are all about you and your connection; the outfits are simply the cherry on top. Don't stress. If you still have questions, reach out to me directly and I'd be happy to help you with specific advice.