So here is the rundown..
I know it can be quite daunting to pick out what to wear every day let alone your engagement photos. Hence I have put together some guidelines so you guys can look perfect while still making sure the images are focused on your guys’ love, not what you’re wearing. A bit of a disclaimer, even though I know a little bit about fashion, I still am dressed in the same kind of blue jeans and rotate through two t-shirts and pajamas so there is a good change you are more stylish than I am. This is just what I have found to work through trial and error from past shoots, they are only guidelines, not rules!
Ultimately I want you guys to look like yourselves and be comfortable in what you are wearing. Don’t feel like if you don’t follow these guidelines that your photos are going to be terrible. The most important thing here is that you guys feel and look like yourselves. A lot of couples go shopping for new clothes beforehand and there is nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t buy something that doesn’t represent you and it’s something you would not normally wear. Plus guys are usually not all that stoked about putting on a collared button up with dress shoes if they are used to wearing Flannel everyday. They will be way more happy to be at the shoot if you don’t force an outfit he doesn’t like. The last thing I want is you guys to feel weird because you are not sure if you like your new outfit.
Here are a few guidelines to help if you are feeling lost about what to wear:
First off, I always recommend bringing options. To get the best results, I will pull from the option you bring for you guys to change into for each location we shoot at. That way I can make sure the outfit compliments the environment and I can make sure the focus is on you two and your outfits are not causing any distraction and taking the attention away from you. 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!
I advice you to bring about 3 to 4 pairs of bottoms and 4-5 tops and then you can bring dresses, accessories, jackets and what nots 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 make sure 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 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 (ps. heels are almost always a bad idea in most scenarios, unless you’re freakishly good at walking in them haha). 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! Try not to bring all of the outfits the same color and try to make sure both of y’alls outfits are also not the same color. Another good thing to remember is to make sure that your clothes don’t blend in with the surroundings of what we are going to be shooting in. For example: if we are going to be shooting in the woods with tons of greenery, try to avoid wearing green.
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 freaking gorgeous!
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 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 on them as well. They are the hardest to edit out if there are too many :)
I recommend sticking with neutral colors and earthy tones, I absolutely love earthy tones and they look amazing in any kind of surrounding. Neutrals doesn’t just mean grays and browns, there is neutrals in every color (mustard, yellow, forest green, navy blue, burnt orange etc.) Try to stay away from bright florescent colors that create a distraction and take away from you in the photos. The only specific colors I recommend to stay away from are pinks and bright oranges. One more thing, I also recommend is both of you not dressing in the same color. It looks better if the colors are complimentary or contrasting each other. If you are still feeling lost, just look through some of my engagement sessions from the past.
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!
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 (if you have a dog and don’t bring it I’ll be pissed), blankets, a truck/car, a campfire, a bouquet, a paddle board, a farmer's market bag etc. If you have props you wanna incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way!
In home sessions
All of the above applies, but for in home sessions I say the more skin showing the better! No that doesn’t mean you need to be borderline naked, I’m just saying the photos will look a lot more comfortable and intimate than if you’re in lots of heavy layers! Cause let’s be real, most of us walk around without pants on at home anyways. I recommend bringing options of tank tops, shorts, sweaters, and jeans to mix and match! Anything that will show some skin is perf! Or if you wanna just wear a sweater with undies for a few or have your bae be shirtless, then heck yes to that. I pinky promise I’m not a creep hahah.
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; especially because I wear pretty minimal makeup most days . I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve 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 are getting 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 all folks!
Let me know if you have any more questions.
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. You do you, and I promise the photos will turn out amazing.