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I’m getting my photos taken, now what do I wear?! This question is one almost everyone asks, so here is my answer: I want you to be comfortable. I want you to feel comfortable, beautiful, and ready to have some fun. I don’t want you to feel like you are dressing up as someone else. Wear the clothes you love. However, if you’d like a little extra advice here are some of my basic do’s and do not’s on what to wear.
The number one rule is to always dress appropriately. Meaning if we plan to go hike around the Palisades maybe don’t wear your best pair of stilettos. Or if it’s 95 degrees outside a sweater might not be your best option. Same for the cold. If you don’t want to wear jackets consider bringing a blanket, fun mittens, scarves, hats, or a cute pair of boots! Layers underneath your clothes can also be really helpful in keeping warm! I promise you if you dress for the weather you are going to be ten times happier with your images.
This is a huge one! I highly recommend you don’t all wear the same color. All white t-shirts paired with jeans isn’t a good look when everyone in the group is wearing it. Black might be a flattering color but if everyone is wearing a black shirt the whole group is going to morph into a giant blob.
Instead, I recommend you wear colors that complement each other! For example, maybe you really love the colors coral and navy together. That’s perfectly fine (I happen to love this color combination) use pops of those colors in your accessories. Coral necklaces, scarves, ties, sweaters, etc.
I know neon is really popular. Especially amongst kids. But it is SUPER hard to photograph. And it’s reflective. This means often times there is really bright orange, yellow, pink, green, (insert color here), reflected all over your neck, arms, and face. Neutral tones, on the other hand, are timeless, almost always photograph well in nature and indoors, and not simply a passing fad.
This may seem like a strange or insignificant suggestion BUT it makes the hugest difference! Logo’s can be distracting and obnoxious. YOU should be the focus of your session not the designer of your t-shirt.
I’m horrible at remembering to do this while I’m shooting so I’m putting this here. Cell phones, wallets, car keys, all of that should not be in your pocket during a session. It’s obviously not the end of the world if it happens. BUT it’s a tiny detail that really can make a difference in the final results.
Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget that this session is all about you. Above all else I want you to feel comfortable, confident, and fabulous! If you have a favorite dress, outfit, shirt, pair of pants, shoes, whatever it is you should wear it!
*I do want to state that all the images that you see in this post are of what works. I’m not into shaming people and their outfit choices. Also, this is purely based on my personal aesthetic so feel free to say I’m wrong and disregard everything I’ve said.*