What to wear
So you’ve booked your shoot and no doubt, it’s going to be amazing. What’s next? Just a little bit of prep so you can take it to the next level.
We want you to feel and look incredible on your shoot day. Because let’s be honest here, it’s all about looking back in a week, month, year or decade’s time and thinking, “damn, we were (and are!) beautiful couple in love”.
Getting dressed in the morning can be a chore sometimes, not to mention getting dressed for a photoshoot! Trust us, with a bit of thought and guidance, it’s nice and easy.
We know a thing or two about climbing mountains, getting in the water and chasing golden light. Truthfully, it can get a little sweaty, muddy and it’s not always pretty, but it’s all part of the fun!
Don’t worry, we know the tricks of the trade to make sure that when you look back on those moments, they’re hands-down beautiful.
THE KEY TIPS
1. Bring options!
Bring these with you on the day, or send us a couple of photos beforehand!
We recommend bringing a couple of outfits so we can change it up to suit the settings and vibe.
We suggest wearing one full outfit, packing another, and having a couple of options such as an extra top and layering pieces like long-sleeved shirts, jackets or cardigans.
2. Be yourself!
We want you to be as comfortable as possible! Where what you feel amazing in, and you and your loved one will shine. You can just focus on each other and the experience, and not worry about something not fitting right! Wear clothes that you have ‘broken in’, that you can move and groove in without worrying!
3. Colours and patterns
These can totally enhance your photographs. Choose softer, neutral and subtle colours and patterns so they complement your surroundings. Think twice about bold prints and colours and if in doubt, send us a photo! One thing we like to avoid? Slogans and logos.
4. Layers and movement
Movement will take your shoot to the next level. Firstly, it’s important that you’re comfortable and confident so you can own the shot and move like you mean it. Secondly, your outfit can totally help! An open jacket over a tee can add something extra to a photo, as well as a long flowy skirt or scarf in the wind.
These are our top tips for planning your outfits. If you’ve got a question or want to play with an option, we’re only a message away!
Want to know a little bit more about what to wear? Read on.
Suit your surroundings
Sky or sand, grass or gravel. It’s important to dress to the environment.
Safety first! If we’re hiking a mountain, make sure you’re wearing sturdy shoes. If we’re starting before sunrise, bring your warm clothes! If we’re at the beach, barefoot is definitely the way to go, so bring a pair of easy shoes or jandals with you. We’re all about making this as comfortable, fun and beautiful: without all the pain!
What’s the weather? If it’s spring or summer, dress for warmer weather. Think lighter layers, and a spare change of clothes to hide any sweats! If it’s cold, longer sleeves and darker colours suit the season. Embrace the opportunity to wrap up, and you’ll look extra cosy in those couple photos!
Be in your comfort zone
The location or activity might be a little out of your comfort zone, and that’s part of the fun, but we want you to be totally comfortable in what you’re wearing.
Just be you! Don’t feel the pressure to wear something ‘for the photo’, because ultimately, it will be your smile, body language and love that shines. Are you a shorts and sneakers kinda person? Floral dresses or suits aren’t quite your thing? Wear what makes you feel good, and just like you.
Is it annoying you? Don’t wear it! You don’t want to be fussing around something that is too tight or restricting, or wearing shoes that are too high or too loose. It’s all about capturing you and your loved one in your element, so you should only have each other on your mind!
Hair, makeup and all that jazz
We keep harping on about it, but it’s super important to be comfortable in how you look and feel on your shoot.
If you feel best in a full face of makeup, you do you! If you’re a stubble kinda guy, don’t go clean shaven just because you think you should. We will do our absolute best to capture your ‘best side’ but to do that, we need to you be relaxed and confident. If a little bit of grooming and glam will help, go for it.
Hair can get a little messed up in the wind and as the day goes on. Bring a hairbrush, a hair tie and some product to help tame and touch up the mane. Don’t worry if you forget, as we carry a bag of tricks with us too!
We just want to capture your best, authentic selves.
It’s not all black and white! You can do colour too. Think mellow, dark or light shades instead of strong or vibrant ones. If you have something that’s bright and bold but you really want to wear, send us a photo and we’ll help you work it!
Go for neutral, earthy and soft tones. These go well with every background- sunrise, sunset, mountain, beach or city.
Need some colour inspo? Our favourite colours for both the guys and gals are:
Greys: charcoal, light grey, silver
Blues: navy, baby, grey-blue
Greens: dark forest green, khaki
Browns: Caramel, dark brown
Warm tones: mustard, rust orange, burgundy, light pink
Textures and layers
Textures and layers add movement to your images, and we LOVE movement. They can be really flattering on the body, as well as give you something play with in the shot. They make a moment feel extra authentic and candid, so when you look back, that split-second is frozen in time.
Here are some easy ways to layer up for the guys:
Tee with an open long-sleeved shirt, rolled at the arms
Tee with a shirt tied around the waist
Tee/knit/shirt with an open bomber jacket, denim jacket or blazer
And for the ladies:
Ruffles, pleats or swing skirts to catch the wind
Long or flowy cardigans
Shirt tied around the waist (just make sure it’s lightweight and not bulky)
Clothing with small ruffle or tassel details that might move with your body or the wind
Patterns and Prints
Patterns and prints can make a wicked contrast to your surroundings. Sometimes, they can be the perfect piece to the puzzle and stand out in the right way.
To make them work in your favour, Choose smaller, softer and subtle prints and avoid ones that are too bold or loud. These could detract instead of enhance, and when you look back on your photos, you might find yourself focusing on your clothes instead of the whole scene.
The ones we love:
Small florals or soft patterns such as strokes or swirls
Checks: gingham, ones with fine lines or complementing colours
Ones we avoid:
Bold stripes, florals or polka dots
Big statement graphics
Logos and slogans
This And That
As well as movement, we’re huge fans of props! They add interest to an image and help set the scene. They’re also amazing icebreakers as they give you something to play with.
Bring some props that might suit the scene, be fun or significant to you!
A bunch of flowers
A picnic blanket or throw to sit on
A picnic basket (and snacks are much appreciated…)
A beach ball
The Finishing Touch
The last thing you want is to plan the perfect outfit, then find it’s crinkled or stained on shoot day! We recommend having them cleaned and ironed a couple days before your shoot.
If possible, bring garments hanging in a garment bag, and shoes and accessories in a big carry-all or gym bag.
Now let’s getting planning! We absolutely can’t wait for your shoot!
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you want a second opinion, 1% unsure or even 100% confident. We’d love to help you plan your looks, or just get excited about what you’ve chosen!
See you soon,
Erin, Dave, Ron & Andrew