“So, what should we wear to our session?” I am often asked this question when a family or couple books and hey, I GET IT. Photo sessions can be (and often are) super stressful to prepare for! You’re investing in these images, so naturally you’re praying that you have a good hair day and your children (if you have them) behave and maybe, just maybe, your outfits will give you an end result that’s Pinterest-worthy. Us photographers? We completely understand, and we want to make our time together enjoyable! So, as we head into warmer weather (and more outdoor sessions - YAY!) I’ve put together a post with different outfit options that photograph well… along with some direct links, in the case you don’t have the time or feel like shopping yourself.
Ahhhh, feel better? Me too. So, some last considerations before you start preparing…
Choose your outfit first, and style your loved ones around that. If you’re still stuck, remember my “simple is best” rule.
If you’re a dress lover, keep in mind that maxi and midi dresses are preferable,, as you’re able to actually move around in these and can typically be posed while sitting down. Mini dresses can limit poses, and from an aesthetic standpoint, they lack the texture that longer dresses do.
If you absolutely love color, be mindful of what you choose. Super bold, neon colors (against colorful backgrounds, like greenery) can lead to unflattering casts on your skin. This is why I recommend more muted tones and natural patterns.
We can fix a lot of things in post, like that pimple that arose from all the stress leading up to this (HA!) - but super wrinkly clothes are not one of them. Your outfits don’t have to be perfectly kept, but do yourself a favor and make sure they are in decent shape before you walk out the door.
If after all of this, you’re still stuck, or you just want a second opinion… MESSAGE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. Seriously. I will never be mad when you send me your outfit ideas or want a second opinion. You’re not a bother. Ask for help!