What to Wear Guide

So let me start by saying, this is in NO WAY a way for me to tell you what to wear so that you look like models off of pinterest. My goal is that you all feel yourselves, in the moment, and feeling super comfortable in your own skin. At the same time, I want to help you choose outfits that compliment the scenery and don't distract from the emotion on your faces. That being said, I can completely relate to feeling like choosing what to wear is this impossible task. I have zero style personally and when I try to look stylish when having photos done it just... doesn't work. I seriously look at old photos of myself and cringe. These tips and tricks are things I've picked up over the years and what has worked for me and my clients. Please don't feel like what you wear will make or break our shoot together, that's the furthest from the truth!

As mind-boggling as this sounds, I highly recommend you don't go shopping for new clothes for our session. It adds all this extra pressure and you might buy something that doesn't really feel you in the end. Trust me, it happens.

Anyway, please take all these tips and tricks with a grain of salt. At the core of it, you do YOU!

Before we start

For the best results possible, I highly recommend all my clients bring several options so that I can pick and pull pieces from when we've arrived to the location. This isn't to be super picky and controlling, I promise! Depending on what colours we have to work with, we can really make you guys really pop against the background or compliment the colours perfectly.

Just make sure you refrain from bringing too many pieces as I don't want to spend too much time going through everything. Most people bring 4-5 tops, 4-5 bottoms, a couple accessories or dresses and that's all we really need! Just be aware that you will likely be changing in the back of your car. If this makes you uncomfortable, you are totally fine bringing one outfit. Just be sure to text me some outfit options a few days prior so that we can decide together.
Make sure it makes sense!

• Consider the location when considering your shoes

You wouldn't wear high heels hiking up a mountain, or frolicking in a field. The same applies to photoshoots! I will be getting you to run around and jump all over each other, and unless you're AMAZING at walking in heels (most people aren't!) I would suggest you leave them at home. Not only does it look off in most photoshoot locations, it would be awful if you fell and hurt yourself!

• The weather

There's no pressure to wear a dress in the middle of a snowstorm, or to wear a chunky knit sweater in August. I've had clients show up in -2 degree weather wearing a thin dress and the entire time they were cold and looked uncomfortable in the photos! The same applies to the summer time - the last thing you want is giant pit stains and hair sticking to your face.

• Comfort, comfort, comfort

You want to be physically comfortable for our session and you also want to really feel yourselves! If you've never worn sequins, don't wear sequins! Similarly, a photoshoot isn't the time to try wearing a fedora for the first time (I've totally been there, trust me.)

• One last thing

Iron your clothes! Surprisingly enough, wrinkles can really draw the eye and take focus off your faces and the emotion in the image.

Movement

I'm probably drilling this into your brains, but make sure what you wear is made of comfortable materials. As hot as those brand new jeans look, if they're stiff, you're going to be fumbling around with them and making sure everything is in the right place and I want you to be completely distraction-free. Wear clothes that are a bit worn in and you can move around freely in. If it happens to catch wind, that's an A+ right there! Movement really adds energy to the images.

Colours

1

I really recommend sticking to neutral, earthy tones and avoiding bright colours. This doesn't mean that you have to wear beige or brown, there is literally a neutral for every colour out there. For example, if this bums you out because red is your faaavourite colour (a colour I will always avoid as it reflects pink on everything when light hits it!) try going for a deep maroon instead. There's mustard, forest green, navy blue, the list goes on! Choose colours that compliment your skin tone. Unless you have an olive skin tone going on, I would completely avoid red, pink and orangey colours. Not only does this help me with editing, the clothing in the final images won't be overly distracting from what matters most: you guys!

2

I really recommend sticking to neutral, earthy tones and avoiding bright colours. This doesn't mean that you have to wear beige or brown, there is literally a neutral for every colour out there. For example, if this bums you out because red is your faaavourite colour (a colour I will always avoid as it reflects pink on everything when light hits it!) try going for a deep maroon instead. There's mustard, forest green, navy blue, the list goes on! Choose colours that compliment your skin tone. Unless you have an olive skin tone going on, I would completely avoid red, pink and orangey colours. Not only does this help me with editing, the clothing in the final images won't be overly distracting from what matters most: you guys!

3

I really recommend sticking to neutral, earthy tones and avoiding bright colours. This doesn't mean that you have to wear beige or brown, there is literally a neutral for every colour out there. For example, if this bums you out because red is your faaavourite colour (a colour I will always avoid as it reflects pink on everything when light hits it!) try going for a deep maroon instead. There's mustard, forest green, navy blue, the list goes on! Choose colours that compliment your skin tone. Unless you have an olive skin tone going on, I would completely avoid red, pink and orangey colours. Not only does this help me with editing, the clothing in the final images won't be overly distracting from what matters most: you guys!

Patterns

Avoid loud patterns that are chunky, big and crazy. Sometimes what can happen is patterns from your clothes can fight with the patterns in the background, so typically I will only go for them if the location is simple and the clothes don’t distract from your faces! Flannels are always a yes for me as long as the colours are neutral.

YES bring accessories like your favourite sunglasses. hats, scarves, jewelry, etc. because we can pair them with different outfit options and it adds so much more to the final images. The only thing I will advise against is wearing a watch for your session - it's more distracting than you think! And oh my goodness, when I think "props" I cringe and think of all those cheesy chalkboard photos or little shoes next to yours. Props can literally be something way more significant. Like eating pizza together while sitting criss-crossed on a picnic blanket, or a campfire, or your fur-baby! There are so many ways to do props "right." (Please take no offence to this if you've done it before! It's just one of those trends that have become so over done, it's lost creativity and uniqueness!)

Hair + Makeup

When it comes to hair and makeup, a lot of people ask me if it’s necessary for great photos. Ultimately, I want you to feel comfortable and feel your best. Whatever way that makes both of those things possible – do that! I’ve photographed girls that felt really uncomfortable with the makeup they had done on themselves and spent a great deal of time fixing it before we could shoot. They didn’t feel like it was “them.” Personally I don’t feel it’s necessary at all, but I’m a regular make-up wearer and if I were being photographed, I’d be doing my own every day makeup or depending on how BIG I felt the session was to me, I’d get a professional artist. I’m never “glam” in everyday life so I don’t expect you to be! If you feel like you want to have it done and it would add that extra smidgen of confidence, then YES go for it! Just keep in mind to have it completed an hour before you plan to head out and meet me so you’re not late, and avoid experimenting with spray tan for the first time ever. 

Annnnnnd that's it!

If you’re still feeling lost when it comes to choosing what to wear, shoot me a text with some options you’re considering or we can even build a pinterest board together and figure it all out! I got you.

All that matters is that you’re being yourself and I promise you, the photos will be amazing!

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