Couples What to Wear
I know it can feel a bit overwhelming to pick what to wear for photos, so I wanted to give you two a quick rundown of some things to consider that will help you look and feel confident so that you can relax into the experience, have fun together, and have the focus be on you and not on what you're wearing. A little disclaimer: I don't claim to be any sort of fashionista. I've been living out of a single suitcase for the past 3 years! This is just my two cents on what I've seen work best in past shoots - It's nothing about fashion or preferences. It's about tones, comfort and what makes a good photo.
The most important part of all of this is that you two feel like yourselves. A lot of people get excited and go shopping for new clothes for the shoot. While brand new clothes can definitely bring out your confidence sometimes, I want to also make sure you wear things that you know you're going to be comfortable in. I know for certain shoots, some of you will be wearing special occasion dresses and such... If that's the case, then of course you'll be wearing things you don't wear on a day to day basis... but for casual shoots, listen up: If in doubt, just wear your most comfortable, most favorite clothes you already have. Your best bet isn't going to be a brand new pair of jeans you've never worn and don't know the little quirks of, or an ironed, starched collared shirt. Stiff clothes make for stiff photos. Your best bet is the pair of jeans you've had for 10 years and your favorite comfy sweater (for example, weather permitting). We want you wearing those trusty pieces you just know will work and don't have to think about adjusting when you sit down or stand up. I want you to feel so comfortable that you have to put exactly zero energy into thinking about how your clothes are fitting you. So go ahead and get some new stuff if you want to. I totally support whatever you want to do... but be sure to bring some clothes you normally wear, just in case.
Now on to some specific tips...
Bring some options. To get the best results, bring about 4 or 5 outfits each and then I can help you pick and choose depending on the location we're shooting in and what complements the environment, and each other, best. Jackets, jewelry, hats, and those kinds of accessories are also great to bring. Just don't bring your whole wardrobe. We want to spend as little time as possible picking out outfits so we don't eat into our session time too much. Oh, and bring stuff you're comfortable changing in and out of. Depending on where we're shooting we may have you changing in a car on the side of the road. If you're not comfortable with that, that's totally cool. One outfit will do just fine. Let's convene on your one outfit prior to the shoot, though, to make sure it's a good choice.
Neutrals, neutrals, neutrals! I recommend sticking with neutrals. This doesn't limit you to greys, browns, black or whites, though. There are neutrals for every color. Forest green is a neutral of green. Mustard is a neutral of yellow. Navy is a neutral of blue. Burgundy is a neutral of red. Plum is a neutral of purple. Generally, we'll want to keep colors a bit muted. This might seem paradoxical, but that doesn't mean you can't wear rich dark color sometimes, too. It just depends what kind of look you're going for. If you're creating visual drama, gem colors are great. I'd just encourage you away from bright or fluorescent colors. Bright reds, oranges, and pinks tend to reflect on faces and make them pinkish which really is not a good look for anyone. Bright blues and greens can have a greening effect on skin which is also not flattering. Neutrals and Gem colors not only complement the environment but they will keep your skin looking natural and will keep the focus on you, not on your clothes. Oh, by the way, denim functions as a neutral. It's the one kind of fabric that goes with almost every other color, pattern, or natural environment. Denim gets a free pass.
A word about patterns. Patterns are tricky. For example, I love flannel. Go ahead with the flannel! But big stripes or chunky patterns can get distracting. I love florals, and they look great in photos, but they've got to be subdued. The smaller the floral pattern, the less distracting. We want to feature you, not the pattern on your clothes. If in doubt, text me a photo of it, or opt for a solid instead.
A word about movement. Anything blowing in the wind will add energy to our photos and looks beautiful. Dresses, loose sleeves, shawls, hair... all these things love to blow in the wind and that is wonderful! I also just recommend wearing clothes that are broken in so that YOU can move. I may have you sitting down, then standing up, then running around chasing each other. Keep all of this in mind when choosing your outfits. You don't want to have to constantly adjust tight clothes. You'll be much more comfortable and natural if you wear clothes that allow you to move freely.
Hair & Makeup? A lot of people ask me if they should get hair and makeup professionally done prior to their shoot. My answer is that is totally up to you. Whatever makes you feel best. I don't think getting your hair and makeup done is necessary but it really depends on the look you want to come through in your photos. Some of the most beautiful, raw, authentic photos I've taken were shot the next morning after hiking 5 miles uphill and camping out on the top of a mountain (see picture on the left.). In post-processing of the photos, I will even out skin tones and accentuate what needs accentuating. Most people will be happier with photos where they look natural than with photos of a glammed up version of themselves. Unless you're a person whose status quo is glam, in which case you might be a lot happier in full-face and a salon blowout. You do you! My bottom-line advice is don't do anything too different than what you'd normally feel comfortable in.
Odds and ends.
- I strongly recommend ironing your stuff and hanging it on the way over. I've shot couples who traveled to meet me for our shoot and their shirts still had the fold lines from being packed in their suitcases. Once you notice it in the photos, you can't un-notice it. It's all you see.
- Don't worry too much about blemishes, I will edit noticeable ones out in post processing.
- Feel free to share Pinterest board or Instagram posts with me so that I can get a taste of your style and what's inspiring you to do this shoot. And if you want some inspiration from me, all you have to do is ask. I'd love to collaborate on a vision.
Well that's about it!
If you still want some more guidance all you have to do is ask! I'm happy to provide feedback on your ideas or clarify anything I've already mentioned here. Don't hesitate to reach out.