WHAT TO WEAR
I know it can feel kind of daunting to pick what to wear for photos. Here are a few guidelines I’ve put together so you guys can be comfy and focused on love, not what you’re wearing. Disclaimer, I am not a fashion expert. This is just what I’ve found to work best from trial and error from past shoots, they’re only guidelines, not rules!
Ultimately, I want y’all to look like yourselves. 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!
A lot of people go shopping for new clothes beforehand but I 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. 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 y’all are like right now, thats what matters! 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 they get to wear they’re favorite tee and jeans.
First off, I always recommend bringing 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! Most people bring about 3 or 4 pairs options as well as accessories, jackets, etc. 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!
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 walking around quite a bit, bring shoes that are comfortable and you won’t twist your ankles in. If we are shooting on a sandy beach, it would look weird if you’re wearing shoes. 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!
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 distracted 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 gorgeous (dresses, hats, long necklaces, scarves, etc.).
I typically recommend sticking with neutrals and earthy tones. Neutrals doesn't just mean grays and browns. There are neutral shades to every color (mustard yellow, forest green, navy blue, burnt orange, etc.). Stay away from bright, fluorescent distracting colors. Specifically, I recommend staying away from pinks, bright oranges, and reds. Typically (not always-depends on environment and your skin tone!), these colors reflect on skin tone and can make skin look odd when editing!
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. I usually try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because 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!
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 that honestly just make me wanna barf. But props don’t have to be cheesy! Props could be a dominos pizza picnic, a motorcycle, your dog, blankets, a truck/car, a campfire, a bouquet, a paddle board, etc. If you have props you wanna incorporate or an idea with props-please shoot it my way.
HAIR + MAKEUP
A lot of people ask me whether or not they should get their 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, because in my personal opinion, I would rather look like myself rather than a super glammed up version of myself. But, if you want your hair and makeup done, then definitely do it, because the most important thing is that you feel confident. 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. Also, if you’re whiter than toothpaste 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 :-)
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. 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. You do you, and I promise EVERYTHING WILL GO MUCH SMOOTHER.
P.S. IF YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT MY PINTEREST BOARD ON SOME IDEAS I’VE PUT TOGETHER FOR OUTFITS, YOU CAN DO SO HERE: