What to Wear
I typically get this question a lot, and it's totally understandable. For a lot of people, their engagement photos are the first time they're stepping in front of a professional photographer since they were a senior in high school, where their mom told them to wear the blue/brown/green shirt because "it brings out your eyes". Well, you've got a bit more control over this one.
Here's a few guidelines that will help you make this decision easy-peazy. We'll make sure you look and feel amazing and make this process the most fun you've had all month.
Most importantly, I want you guys to look like yourselves. While a brand new jacket or pair of pants may make you feel great, it might not be the case during your session. Often times your most worn-in clothing that you know and love is going to make for the best photographs - purely because you'll be comfortable and happy and that's really the #1 way to make gorgeous art.
Cozy sweaters, your fav long sleeved shirt, whatever it is. The thing you love the most, is perfect to me.
First off, if you're not sure, bring options.
I'll go through your entire closet to make sure you'll be over the moon about how it turns out (but maybe limit it to like, 5 or 6 choices).
Also, most of the locations we go to don't have bathrooms or changing rooms, so you'll probably be changing in the back of a car. If you're not about that, totally fine! Just bring one outfit, and we'll make it gorgeous no matter what.
Does it make sense?
I can count on one hand the number of times I've worn shorts in the snow, and I can count on zero hands the number of times I've worn heels in the sand.
Make sure whatever you choose makes sense for the environment. If it's hot as balls out, choose breathable and movable fabrics, if it's cold, dress in warm comfy layers. Ultimately, just be the most happy and comfortable as can be.
Do you remember the old "Whose Line is it Anyway?" skit called Stand Sit Bend? No? That's fine.
Anything you wear should fit comfortably so you can stand in it, sit in it, and bend in it. Having the freedom of movement will open a world of possibilities of actions and ideas and other cozy stuff.
Also, clothing that can catch motion with the wind (such as dresses, loose shirts, etc) is always a hands-down winner. The motion in the photographs makes it come alive in a way that I can't even describe to you. Ugh. So good.
Neutrals flatter everybody - blacks, browns, tans, and whites are my all-time favs. But even if you're a fan of color, there's a shade for you. For green, choose a shade of olive. Yellow, mustard. There's a neutral for every color, and these shades are going to photograph the best. I recommend avoiding the following: bright colors, and reds. They can mess with your skin tone in the editing process, and prolong the delivery time of your images.
Choosing colors from our locations is another sure-fire way to make a gorgeous session. I'm not talking blue on blue at the lakeside, but taking elements from our locations is going to make for a gorgeous, cohesive photograph. Are we shooting in the sand? Maybe wear a white dress with your other half wearing a deep brown shirt. Are we in the forest? Try a tan top with an olive vest. Bring small elements of your location into what you're wearing, and you'll be set.
The old adage of avoiding patterns isn't completely true anymore. Patterns can totally work as long as they're the right size.
Keep patterns small - big + bold patterns do a lot more distracting than complementing, so stick to smaller, neater ones.
Flannels are pretty much amazing, but make sure they are low-key. Also, avoid the stark black-and-white flannels, as you'll look more like a finish line flag than the cozy outdoors.
We're not talking chalkboard signs and cutesy little store stuff. We're grown ups here!
Guitars, a picnic, your favorite beach blanket, a campfire/bonfire, your car/truck, your dog (and I swear if you don't bring your dog, we're gonna have a very serious sit-down talk). The amount of grown-up props is endless! Floral bouquets, a kayak or paddle board, even accessories like a wide hat and dainty jewelry. So many things that could turn out amazing and give you something to connect over.
Hair + Makeup
Whether or not you have hair/makeup done is totally up to you. I want you to hop out of your vehicle and hug me feeling the most you you've ever been, so if having your hair pinned up and the face painted on isn't you, please don't. You'll wish you didn't.
If you're totally obsessed with every aspect of makeup, please do you. You'll love the images that much more because it totally represents who you are. Along with the regular color recommendations, I suggest keeping any colors down to muted earthy tones.
That's a breakdown of some of the key components to dressing for you session. There isn't one grand key to every location that you have to crack - there's a lot of different combinations that would look great in a lot of different ways. The ultimate goal is to walk in feeling like a bomb-ass rockstar and walking out feeling like you just went on the most amazing date with your babe ever.
If you have any questions, or would like to send a photo of your outfits beforehand, you know where to find me. I'd be happy to help you out and make suggestions.