October 9, 2018

What to Wear To Your Session

If you have had a session or have one in the future I’m sure you’ve thought, “Okay, but what the heck do I wear?! I feel like I don’t have anything!” or “Now I have to buy a new outfit..” This isn’t always the case and most of the time you can totally wear what you all ready own! Here are a few tips and tricks to take some stress off and get excited about planning your outfit!

COMFORT IS KEY

I’m a leggings and sweater wearer every day if I can kinda girl. Fall is my season and oversized clothes are my jam. Dressing for a photo shoot does not mean being uncomfortable! If you’re uncomfortable, it will show. If you’re trying to rock a cocktail dress but you normally wear sweats, settle somewhere in the middle, like a flowy, casual dress or jeans, unless you wanna rock the heck out of a cocktail dress, by all means own it. Did you know you can be authentic to your style and taste while also setting yourself up for BOMB photos?! If you feel comfortable in jeans and a solid teeshirt I would take that every day over perfectly polished if you’re not at your most comfortable!

COORDINATING NOT MATCHING

Coordination > matching. Matching your SO/family members can come off as cheesy and not only that I think it can take away from your surroundings and be a distraction. If you have a statement piece that you’ve been dying to wear, start with that. That killer article of clothing or outfit you know you need to have your pictures taken in and go from there.  If you’re statement piece has more than one color to it, pull colors from that into your other outfits. Don’t worry if you don’t have “that” piece yet, we’ll get there!

SOLIDS + SIMPLE

Solids are a lot more forgiving than patterns. Solids keep things simple and make sure the focus is on you and your surroundings. Patterns can be distracting, especially if they are large. If you do have a pattern you want to go with, by all means do it! The rule of thumb with patterns is small or repetitive ones. Large patterns, horizontal lines (vertical lines can be all right!) and shapes can get distracting especially if your shirt gets wrinkled or twisted, it catches the eye. Solids are much easier to work with!

COLORS

Ahh, the most famous of all the outfit questions. What colors should I wear?!

Neutrals, muted + earth tones are the absolute best thing to wear!

Whites, tans, blacks, dusty blue, forest green, you get the idea..

Bright or neon colors are a huge distraction + take the attention away from the scenery you’re in, totally mess with skin tones, especially reds!

Muted colors DOESN’T mean stay away from colors. I love bold colors always! What this means is if you’re wanting to wear yellow go with a mustard, if you want orange go with a burnt orange, green would be forest or army green, red go with maroon, you get the idea.

TEXTURE + MOVEMENT

Textures can be so much fun! Don’t be afraid to add some layers or some texture to your outfits. If it’s crazy hot out, go with a flowy skirt or dress. They can add such a fun and romantic element to your photos. Even letting your hair down is a great way to add some fun movement to your photos!

OWN IT

Do you need to apply every single one of these rules? Absolutely not. Don’t stress out about what you’re wearing. These are just some pointers to help you along the way. Don’t hesitate to call or message me if you have any questions about your outfit, my clients do it all the time and I love helping out, especially if it’s going to put you at ease!

Now that you have some tips and trick to help you put together your outfits, OWN IT.

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