Why It Matters
Yay! You're booked! I'm SO flipping excited for our session, as I'm sure you are too. But in all the excitement, I'm guessing the thought has already entered your head... "What the HECK do we wear???"
No fear. I got you boo. ;) Keep reading. I'll answer and ease all your questions and concerns in this guide.
Here's the deal. I want you to look back on these photos and really FEEL the moments. I want you to feel the love you have for each other, the quirks, the silly moments, and the messy, beautiful in between moments. I mean, that's why you hired me, right? ;) In order to capture all that, clothing matters. Your outfit choices play a HUGE role in making that happen successfully. I want all the focus to be on YOU and your love, and while some outfits are freaking awesome in real life, in photos they can be hella distracting from the main point.. ummm that's YOU babe. ;) Now keep in mind, everything I'm about to tell you is a guideline, not a rulebook. The main point is that you guys are comfortable and feel 100% yourselves. At the end of the day, if you show up wearing a clown suit because clown suits are your fave, then clown suit it is. ;)
So here we go: Wearing something you would normally wear is a great start! I know it's SO tempting to want to go out and buy something brand new for a photoshoot, but I actually discourage people from doing that. Simply because if something hasn't had time to be worn in, you might not feel as comfortable in it - and that will ultimately affect the candid, fun photos we're able to get. If new jeans are too stiff or that new dress you just bought doesn't fit right like it did in the dressing room, you aren't going to feel 100% comfortable, and that's a no in my book. Comfort is everything when getting those candid, authentic, and REAL shots! Wanna show up in an old band t-shirt and ripped jeans? HECK yes, do it. Plus, your guy will most likely be 1000% more down for photos if he's wearing something he naturally feels comfortable wearing like a plain black tee and ripped jeans. We all know men are typically not super gung ho for photoshoots to begin with. ;) If you guys wanna go fancier, go for it, just make sure it's something you would actually wear and is comfortable! Comfort over everything, remember!? ;) For this reason I highly discourage girls from wearing heels (unless you can walk like Heidi Klum on a runway in them haha). I suggest leaving them behind for something more comfortable and easier to move in - i.e. boots, sandals, flats, etc..) For most of my shoots, we're either on a beach or going on some sort of hiking trail, so heels won't make much sense anyway. Speaking of which.. leads me to the next point!
Wherever our session is happening, make sure your wardrobe choices make logistical sense with the location. For example, like I mentioned above, high heels on a mountaintop will look pretty stupid, not to mention dangerous. If we're shooting here in Hawaii, then a thick sweater wouldn't make sense. Likewise, if we're in the mountains of Colorado and it's cold, maybe stray away from something that shows your legs and arms otherwise you'll be freezing. If it's cold outside, wear multiple layers with fun, warm accessories like beanies, flat brim hats, scarves, flannels, etc.. If it's warm outside (like nearly all of my Hawaii sessions are) then make sure to wear clothing that breathes easy so we don't see any of those nasty pit stains! ;) Again, these guidelines are to just help you feel the most comfortable possible. If you are freezing or worrying about sweat stains, it prevents us from being truly in the moment to get more of those authentic shots you're hiring me for!