I know, I know, determining what to wear for photos is probably more work than the photos themselves! I'm going to outline a few tips below, but I want to stress this the most...wear what you are comfortable wearing. If you wear something outside your comfort zone, it will likely be obvious in the photos. If you read this and still feel overwhelmed, try a site like Style and Select where the heavy lifting is done for you!
Consider your surroundings.
This is perhaps the best advice I can give. Before choosing what to wear, think about the area in which we will be shooting. If it's beachy, long and flowy dresses are almost always a yes, and heels are almost always a no. If we're in an open field, boho and flowy is also a good choice. If we will be walking a bit to a location, make sure to bring comfortable shoes for that portion.
Choose clothing with movement.
Stiff or tight clothing doesn't always photograph well. Clothes that are broken in and have some movement to them (hello, boho and flowy!) are always a better option. Your photo will look and feel more natural if you go this route.
Stick to neutral + earthy colors.
Okay, here's where it gets super important. I cannot stress this enough...stick to neutrals and earthy tones! This means navy, burnt orange, forest green, deep yellow are all a go. Please, please avoid brights pinks, bright oranges and bright reds, as they can really affect skin tones in photos. If you're really set on one of these colors, shoot me a message and we can talk it over!
Patterns can get tricky. Most often, I recommend that one person wear a pattern and the other wear a solid that pulls tones from the patterned clothing. If there are more than two people in a photo, I really recommend staying away from patterns altogether unless they are subtle. Flannels are always a good pattern, but please do not show up with every person in a flannel because it really takes away from the faces in a photo.
Choose your accessories wisely.
I am a big believer that less is more. Feel free to accessorize your outfit, but don't go overboard as it can be distracting. If you can't decide what to add, feel free to bring options and we can decide at the shoot. If you want to bring a blanket to sit on, I strongly recommend a solid color that matches your clothing.