So, heres the rundown...
HERE’S A FEW GUIDELINES TO HELP IF YOU’RE FEELING LOST ABOUT WHAT TO wear
Man oh man... I know it can feel kind of daunting to pick what to wear for photos. So i've created a few guidelines so you guys can be sure to look hot and feel like Beyonce, while still making sure the images are focused on your guys’ love, not what you’re wearing.
Full disclaimer, I don’t know anything about fashion. There’s a hell of a good chance you’ve got better style than I do! 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 you guys to look like yourselves. Don’t feel like if you don’t follow these guidelines. The most important thing to me is that you feel and look like yourselves, how you normally dress, so you can be as comfortable as possible! A lot of people try to go shopping for new clothes for the shoot 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. A lot of my couples will go shopping for “nicer” looking clothes which is totally fine, but sometimes they regret not just wearing what they feel like themselves in. You want these photos to represent who you are at the present moment in time.
As long as it represented what you guys are like right now, thats all that matters.
Heres are my tips!
First off, i would say, if you aren't sure what to wear - just message me some option and i can help you out! 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 are going to be wearing something that makes you feel like a million bucks!
If you aren't sure what you feel most comfortable in, you are most welcome to bring along some options! It's always nice to get some variety in the photos when it comes to clothing.
I typically recommend sticking with neutrals and earthy tones. Neutrals doesn’t mean just greys and browns, there’s neutrals of every colour (mustard, yellow, forrest green, navy blue, burnt orange, etc).
Stay away from bright, fluorescent distracting colours. The only specific colours I recommend to stay away from are pinks, bright oranges and reds. So just try and stay away from those colours if you can. But if you really have something you want to wear that’s one of those colours, just check with me! If you’re still feeling lost, you can always look through my past galleries to see what other couples or families have worn.
Movement! I love it when couples wear clothes or accessories that can show movement by catching the wind. It adds energy to the photos and always looks amazing. Clothes that move always make you feel more comfortable. It helps when you have pockets to put your hands in, or a dress to swing around in the wind. If you're feeling apprehensive or nervous about being in front of the camera, I always find these little things help.
Make it makes sense.
Think about the conditions and locations we are going to be shooting in and plan around it. 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 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!
When I think “props”, i don't mean the cringe-worthy Pinterest photos I’ve seen of cheesy chalkboards. Props don’t have to be cheesy! Props could be a dominos pizza picnic, your pets (if you have a dog and don't bring it I’ll be cranky), blankets, a truck/car, a campfire etc.
Your clothes and accessories can also fall under this category. Hats and sunnies are always fun If you have props you wanna incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way.
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. Flannels are always a yes in my book. 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.
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, because in my personal opinion, I would rather look like MYSELF rather than a super glammed up version of myself; especially because I wear pretty minimal makeup with a messy top knot most of the time. But, if you want your hair and makeup done, thats fine! Whats most important is that you feel confident and amazing.
If you have anymore questions, don’t hesitate to let me know! If you’re still unsure 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 old Vans? Great. A sweater you wore for basically a month straight? Awesome. A hat that you know your mum hates? Perfect.
Don't be afraid to have some fun with it. You do you, and I promise the photos will turn out amazing.