So, you've booked the shoot, but what are you going to wear? If you're anything like me, you'll be standing in front of your closet for days before your shoot still trying to decide on that one outfit that looks perfect!
What you wear in your photos can make a rather big impact on how they turn out.You don't want to look back on your photos and say to yourself, "Man, I wish I hadn't worn that!" But don't fear! I'm here to help!
- find something that is you. Are you or your family fun and funky (bright, bold colors) or are you more on the reserved side (soft, muted colors)? Are you more comfortable in a pair of jeans or a skirt?
- be aware of your surroundings. You don't want to wear heavy material/extra layers on a hot day nor thinner fabric or a pair of sandals on a colder day.
- wear comfortable shoes! Because of on-location/natural setting photographs, wearing your favorite pair of heels might not be the best idea. If you just can't seem to part with them, always make sure to bring a comfortable pair of flats to switch to when walking. Blisters are no fun!
- coordinate colors. Not matching is the new matching! Think more in color schemes than matching outfits. Keep light colors with other light colors as well as dark with darks.
- rock those jeans! If a pair of jeans is what you're comfortable in, them rock 'em! In my opinion, jeans are timeless and go great with any kind of top.
- keep it simple. Keep the makeup on the natural side, wear solid colors instead of super-bold patterns, don't go crazy with accessories, cover up any piercings or tattoos you don't want to show up in your photos, wear your hair down or in simple up-dos. You want anyone looking at your photos to see you, not overly-done eyeliner or tons of chunky jewelry.
- wear jewelry/statement piece. Just because you have to keep it simple, doesn't mean you can't sneak in your favorite statement necklace or bracelet, or even a bright-colored scarf! Sometimes a funky color pair of shoes even gives the perfect pop to your photos.
- wear clothes that flatter your shape/body. Curvier girls (unite!) should wear clothes that are flattering to your shape and shows those beautiful curves properly. Look for tops with long torsos and avoid short hemlines.
- be afraid to layer. Wear a blazer over your cute new top or a pretty new cardigan with a scarf. Layers are nice and can give a little more depth
- let those bra straps/boxers show!
- dress everyone in the same outfit. You don't want your family to look as though they work at a department store with khakis and a white top. Don't be afraid to mix and match, but make sure that everyone's colors coordinate!
- get a new haircut the day before or day of your session. In my experience, I always let a new haircut grow out a little before taking photos so that there's a little time to fix and style and get used to a new haircut. You don't want to cringe at your photos later on because you got a cut you didn't like!
- worry about blemishes! I usually remove the small breakouts or the random pimple (or any blemishes you ask to be taken out) from photos in photoshop. If for any reason you would not like me to do so, please let me know!
- wear anything with writing, pictures, or logos on the front. Words and pictures on tops and bottoms are usually very distracting in photos and can take the attention away from you!
- wear anything that doesn't fit. If it's too tight or too baggy, it will definitely show in your photos! Make sure to find things that flatter and make you feel super hot!
For a little inspiration, try this photo I found on pinterest: