After choosing an amazing location, date and time you need to turn your energy towards how you will look. Wardrobe is not to be taking lightly, just throwing on something compared to planning an outfit for the shoot can mean the difference of beautiful photos to amazing photos.
Every session I ask my couples to dress smart casual unless pulling off a formal and dramatic style. Smart casual just works. Once your session is booked, I will send an email with some more in-depth tips and advice for wardrobe.
Advice for the guys.
I would prefer you to wear more neutral colours that ground you to the scene such as beige, white, black, tan and grey as they often photograph the best and complement skin tones whilst avoiding conflict with common background elements. For Example: Jeans with boots or dress shoes and a nice shirt – to add some formality add a suit jacket. Try your best for a nice fit.
Remember simplicity is always best, so when in doubt keep in mind that “less is more”. Try to avoid patterns and stripes, as they often will conflict with other elements and avoid logos, as they can be visually distracting.
Advice for the Ladies.
Let’s face it, I’m a guy. I’m leaving this one up to you. But what I would say is a dress 9/10 times works perfectly, and you can co-ordinate your colours with your partner. Treat the session as if your both getting ready to hit the town to meet friends and have a meal. Having this mentality usually gives great results. For example, you might think to wear flats with a dress but on a night out you may put on the heels, I know which one will look nicer in the photos, I’m sure you do to.
If in doubt wear what’s comfortable and smart casual and you can’t go wrong. Again, I will send an email with some tips and considerations to really help you nail down a great look.
Formal and Dramatic
Now, as you read this next paragraph you may be thinking that’s crazy. Trust me, the results are out of this world. Boys thrown on a suit, Ladies slip into that flowing dress and meet me at the top of a mountain or at the rock pools by the sea. This look will always look grand and epic especially when utilising sunrise/sunset with off camera flash techniques. Usually wear what’s comfortable, for example hiking to a mountain side viewpoint and then change into the glad rags once there. The formal look is very classy and always impresses.