One of the first questions I get when meeting my couple, is "And what should I wear to the photoshoot?" Well, I'm glad you asked! I actually love this topic, because choosing an outfit has a huge impact on the photos, aaaand partly cause I just love styling and choosing outfits.
What you wear can make or break the result of your engagement or couple photoshoot. So that’s why I decided to write a little article with examples, to make it clear what works in different environments.
Getting to the chase quickly: you should choose your outfit based on the environment you’re going to have the photoshoot - how can you stand out or match it? If you don’t read any further, then even with that thought, you can make some conclusions. It comes down to some simple rules to follow, so I’ll bring them out for you.
Simple environment vs Busy environment
That’s basically where I draw the line. Simple environment means usually some open space in the nature: mountains, sand dunes, beaches, large grass fields etc. Anywhere where you can see the horizon and run around, has lots of sky and free space.
Indoors that can mean solid coloured walls and/or floor, rooms with very simple designs and similar colours. Home sessions are little bit grey area, cause homes can look totally different - minimalistic or cluttered. So you can look around to make a decision that goes well together (or photographers - ask photos of your clients home before the shoot).
Busy spaces are usually streets, but there is a possibility to find a minimalistic spaces (parking lots etc), not minimalistic homes, forest.
Simple vs busy
Outfits for simple environment
For simple outdoor photoshoot there’s plenty of options. Of course all depends on the occasion: for casual couple photoshoot, I always love to see simple t-shirts, ripped jeans, big knits and leather jackets maybe (see Pinterest board). For formal engagement session it can be more dressed up, so flowy and dramatic dresses in the wind are perfect. Think about what can create movement with the wind and basically you already know what’s good. I personally prefer solid colours, mainly cause they differentiate you from the background even better and you can’t really get tired of it. It’s timeless. But when you have patterns, that’s the perfect place to take out your floral print dress and detailed jacket.
Examples: dark blue, white, red, mustard yellow, black, white t-shirt, jeans.
Make it simple for you and check out these moodboards on Pinterest that I have made: https://www.pinterest.com/hintsvisuals/
Outfits for busy environment
With busy locations like city streets and forest’s, simple rule is to think what can separate you from the background. When you think like that, it’s pretty easy: wear mostly solid colours and that stand out from the background. For example in forest, it's logical that light colours stand out, also yellow and red. In home choose something that goes together with your decor and make it simple, cosy and dressed down.
PUTTING IT INTO REAL LIFE
You can use these theories in outfits with your partner, or with the environment. So when there’s a grass field full of green, wear red. When there’s dry yellowish grass, use blue-purple.
So - it’s good to use muted tones when wearing colours. This means that if you think what you would like to wear, there’s always a softer tone of it. Red -> wine or cherry red, green -> khaki, yellow -> mustard, blue -> navy. They work well and are pretty timeless. Choose what compliments you best and then pick a tone of that.
What’s up with patterns, do or don’t?
Patterns are a bit tricky in photos. You want to have something timeless and medium sized patterns, that don’t take too much attention. Very small and mini patterns and lines can cause distortions in screens and prints, so it’s not recommended. It also applies to very small textured knits. You can always check with your photographer about the size of the print. I’m always up to see mirror selfies, it’s fun! And don't overthink, just ask!
What not to wear
Try not to wear bright colours (like, neon and such) and anything that has big brand names and logos on them. Make sure that your outfit fits you well, not too tight or not too baggy and is flattering on the right places. If your bra or panty lines are showing (either because smth is see-through or it’s too tight), they sure will show on photos too! Again, don’t be afraid to ask your photographer (me!) about your choices. :)
Additional: Hair, makeup and accessories
Short and simple: “windy hair don’t care” is what I personally love to see in photos, so don’t be too stressed about your hair. Make waves and let them loose and fluffy for best movement. Make up can vary to your outfit. Dramatic eyes work well because make up don't show so well on photos sometimes, but don’t overdo it, especially in day time. What’s important is that you feel comfortable and confident!
I also recommend cut down on accessories, not too big and bright that take too much atttention. Nice small necklaces and minimalistic style is always welcome and timeless.
Whoah I didn’t plan that it’s so long, but I guess now most of it is told. To make everything simpler for you, just ask from your photographer and make sure you really feel CONFIDENT!
I hope this article is helpful though. Comment if you have any other recommendations or tips, I’m happy to hear them!