Tips on how to pick the perfect outfit for your session!
Number one thing – wardrobe choices have a HUGE impact on how your photos will turn out! Read my blog about WHY WARDROBE IS SO IMPORTANT.
I know it can be difficult to pick outfits out for photoshoots so I’ve put together a few tips to make sure you look your absolute best!
Full disclaimer: I am not a fashionista. I rock my husbands old t-shirts, yoga pants, & a mom bun most days so there’s a damn good chance you’re already better at this sort of thing than I am!
#1 Right for the Location & Season
First things first- think about the weather and location of your shoot. If your session is taking place on top of a mountain bring an extra pair of shoes to walk in. When shooting on a beach most of the time I recommend going barefoot, because it tends to look unnatural if you’re on a beach in heels. ( PS- Most of the time heels are a bad idea, unless you’re freakishly good at walking in them haha). If it’s winter, bring lots of layers and warm clothes. If it’s summer, bring clothes that aren’t too hot so you don’t have sweat stains in the photos. Use common sense & most importantly have a few back up options in case the weather goes crazy the day of the shoot.
#2 Earthy & Neutral Tones
Earthy & neutral tones are very photogenic. Rust Orange, Olive, Sage, and Emerald are some of my absolute FAVORITE colors to photograph. Keeping it simple with White or Black with a few accent accessories is also a great & safe option! For the most part, you want to stay away from super bright & distracting colors. I recommend avoiding anything neon!
#3 Busy Patterns
Small & subtle patterns are wonderful, but be sure the pattern isn’t too busy. If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces and the beautiful location. Try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because it can make the photos feel a little cluttered. Also, be sure to iron your clothes before the shoot.
#4 Not too Matchy Matchy
Complement each other, but don’t match. If you are having trouble with this search Pinterest for couples outfits for photoshoots! I’m sure you will find some inspo there!
Jewelry, hats, cardigans, etc. They add a little extra interest to your photos. Accessories are great because you can change them up throughout the shoot to create a variety of different looks with the same outfit. You are more than welcome to bring a few different accessories to your shoots so we can mix it up!
#6 Hair + Makeup
A lot of people ask whether or not they should get their hair & makeup done professionally. My answer is “Do whatever will make you most confident!” I don’t think it’s necessary, but if you aren’t sure that you can do your own hair & makeup then you should consider it. If you’re getting hair and makeup done, I recommend you schedule to be finished at least an hour before you have to leave for the shoot so you aren’t late. Also, if you’re ghostly white like me and want a spray tan, be sure to get a natural airbrushed spray tan.
#7 Work What Your Mama Gave Ya!
Clothing looks best if it fits properly and accentuates your assets. When shopping for outfits pay attention to your body type. CLICK HERE for tips depending on what type of body you have.
#8 Accentuate Your Favorite Features
If you have a favorite part of your body, show it off! For example, if you love your hair, leave it down & make it a focal point. There are sooo many ways to show off yourself, do some research & get creative!
#9 Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Like You
If you’re a T-shirt & jeans kinda girl getting all done up in an evening gown and heels may be totally uncomfortable for you. Trust me – IT WILL SHOW IN YOUR PICTURES. Remember, you should look like yourself, just at your very best! So, if your best is rocking a cute tshirt, jeans, and combat boots, bring it babyyyyy 👏🏼👏🏼
#10 Outfit Inspiration
Still having trouble deciding where to even begin? I’ve put together this PINTEREST BOARD full of wardrobe inspiration. Check it out!