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Man oh man! We know it can feel kind of daunting to pick what to wear for photos, lucky for you we got your back! Here are a few guidelines we’ve put together so you guys can look amazing, be all over each other and feel like a million bucks, while still making sure the images are focused on your love and not on what you’re wearing. Full disclaimer, we don’t know much about fashion. I, Christian usually just rock a tee and sneakers & I, Jess usually has on a Vegan T-Shirt with some ripped jeans so there’s a hell of a good chance you’ve got better style than we do haha! This is just what we’ve found to work best from trial and error. They’re only guidelines, not rules! You can show up wearing potato sacks for all we care.
We want you guys to look like yourselves. Don’t feel like if you don’t follow these guidelines that your photos are gonna suck. The most important thing to us is that you feel and look like yourselves, how you normally dress, so you can be as comfortable as possible! Bring stuff you normally wear, items that you love and feel yourselves in. An old band t shirt and ripped jeans? Perfect. A lot of our couples will go shopping which if that’s you, then go for it! Who cares if you look back at the photos in 20 years and laugh about what you’re wearing? As long as it represented what you guys are like right now, thats all that matters. Plus, your partner is for the most part not stoked at all if you make them wear something they’re totally not used to. Don’t make them wear button ups if they don’t wear them, don’t rock heels if you hate them. Do you, boo boo and express the sh*t out of your style.
Here’s a few guidelines to help if you’re feeling lost about what to wear :
First off, we always recommend you bring options. pack a bag and bring it so we can pick and choose it also allows you to change depending on location. By doing this we can make sure the outfits compliment the environment so the focus is on you, and not on distractions, which yes, can be your outfits. Bring stuff that you know you rock that we can pick and pull from! Don’t bring your whole closet though. Most people bring about 3 or 4 pairs of bottoms and 4 or 5 tops each, you can bring dresses, accessories, jackets and whatnot as well. Also, depending on where we are shooting, you’ll most likely be changing in the back of the car on the side of the road haha. If you aren’t down with that, that’s totally fine just bring one outfit!
Think about the conditions and locations we are going to be shooting in and plan around it. If we are going to be hiking, or out on a field 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!
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! Whatever you wear make sure it lets you sit, run and move around in. We recommend bringing clothes that are "broken in" so that you'll be as comfortable as possible. We also love when people bring clothing (ex. dresses) or accessories that can show movement by catching wind, because it adds energy to the photos and looks just awesome!
We recommend sticking with neutrals and earthy tones. Neutrals doesn't mean just grey's and browns, there's neutrals of every color (mustard yellow, forest green, navy blue, burnt orange, etc.) STAY AWAY from bright, fluorescent colors. The only specific colors we typically recommend to stay away from are pinks, bright oranges, and reds. If you have dark, or olive toned skin it might be an exception depending on light conditions, but for the most part it results in people looking really pink and weird in images. Try to stay from those colors, but if you really want to wear something pink, orange or red just check in with us!
In Home Shoots
For home shoots, follow the steps above but we always recommend when doing an in home shoot to feel comfortable. Don’t dress up too much, sometimes the less the better! Of course, if we’re at home sometimes that means we’ll be barefoot and so on. Being at home can make you feel 1000x more comfortable.
Welp, that’s all for now!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let us know! If you’re still freakin out about what to wear feel free to shoot us a pic or two of what you’re thinking! We’ve also attached a sample Pinterest board to guide you further! Wear what you love, 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 (clapping emoji), and we promise the photos will turn out amazing.