Plan ahead!! When planning outfits, think "coordinating, not matching." Also, if you wear or brings layers, you can take off a sweater, blazer, whatever, for different looks. Jeans are great, but no sweatpants or gym clothes. I always say, "think layers, accessories and personality!"
And don’t forget the shoes! They’ll be in the photos, so wear something that’s clean and coordinates with what you’re wearing.
Remember, these are your photos, so do it up a little! You want to look like yourselves, but since you've made an investment in your photos, make an equal investment in determining what you both will wear during your session. It should definitely be a step up from what you wear every day. If you need to, go shopping and make this photo session an extra special event!
- #1, wear what makes you feel comfortable.
- Wear fitted clothing. Not tight, but clothes that fit well in the shoulders and chest look best.
- A pattern or splash of color can look great on a small item or accessory.
- NO NEON colors, anywhere (including your nails!). They will overwhelm your photos and be a big distraction.
- Glasses…consider removing them to avoid glare in your photos. And please NO transition glasses...they look like sunglasses in photos.
Dresses, particularly those with movement and flow (like a maxi dress or gown) look especially beautiful in couple sessions. Not a requirement, but I'll be super extra happy if you wear something like this!#1, wear what makes you feel special and comfortable.
Make an appointment to have your hair and makeup done professionally the day of your session. It will definitely give your photos a more professional look.
Plan your hair + makeup 3 hours in advance of your session (add time if you have to travel far to the stylist). Also, longer hair looks best at least partly down in photos.
tips for women
Clothing should play off your partner's wardrobe. This is the time to show your personal style, so go for it!
Face and neck. Be sure to give yourself a close shave before your session. Facial stubble and stray beard/neck hairs are hard to edit, so please clean up your neckline, and also trim your beard/mustache the day of your session.
Dry skin. If you're prone to dry skin on your face and don't typically use a facial cream, please do so the day of the your session (make sure it's made for the face so you don't have a reaction!)
tips for men
This makes a huge difference! Sometimes what you think looks great together (and it probably does!) may not look as great on camera. Hardly anyone takes me up on this offer, but when they do, it really makes a difference in the final result. Text or email me snaps of your clothing thoughts (you can just lay them out on the bed or floor, or wear them, whichever you prefer), and I'll be happy to give you some feedback! If you have a last minute thought and can't decide, bring your options along and I'll help you decide. I love styling my clients for the camera, and this is part of the package when you purchase a photo session with me!
Send me your snaps of your wardrobe
Be early. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early for your session so you’re not rushed and you have time to freshen up, etc. beforehand. I often have other things on the schedule, and if you’re late it will cut into your paid session time, which equals less photos and options.
Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I usually post sneak peeks, links to blog posts featuring session, etc. If you follow me, I can tag you on your photos/sessions!
I’m so excited to see what kind of pictures we can make together!