The Style Guide
What you wear to your engagement session can totally make or break the vibe of your photographs. That sentence probably freaked you out a little bit but not to worry- not only do I have super easy-to-apply tips and resources, I can also totally take on the work for you. I'm happy to be involved as much or as little as you'd like, whether that's simply handing off this guide or doing the online shopping. That might sound totally nuts to you but I really, really care about my couples and I want you to love looking at your photos as much as I love taking them. I take a ton of pride in what I create and styling your session just right can take your photos from good to Beyonce. And I'm going to show you how...
LOOK LIKE YOURSELF
Ultimately, I want you to feel good in what you wear because feeling yourself is what's going to make you more comfortable in front of the camera. I also want you to feel like a million bucks so if that means getting your hair and makeup done, then do that. (Use code lmiller6906 at GlamSquad for $25 off for first time users. #thisisnotanad.) If you feel more comfortable in a top knot and your favorite cut offs, then don't. The most important thing is that you feel like Beyonce and Jay Z. Cool? Cool.
I’ll pick and pull from the options you bring so that I can make sure the outfits compliment the environment. (We can also FaceTime/Text a few weeks before if you don't feel like lugging everything to the shoot.) I recommend each of you bringing/showing me about 3 bottoms, 4 or 5 tops, and then a few dresses and accessories like jackets and hats, etc. Also, depending on where we're shooting and how much time we have, you’ll most likely be changing in the back of a car. If you aren’t down with that, that’s totally fine and you can just bring one outfit!
Make sure it makes sense
Think about the conditions and locations we're going to be shooting in and plan around that. If we're going on a hike, wear shoes with a good grip so you won't twist an ankle. (You can always take them off or change into other shoes once we get to the destination.) If we're shooting on beach, you can ditch the shoes all together. If it’s freezing outside, bring lots of cute layers and warm clothes with wool socks and boots. If it’s hot outside (the DC humidity, man- am I right?) bring clothes that are breathable so you're not sweating.
Not only do you want to be comfortable temperature-wise, you'll also want to be able to move around easily for more authentic images. If you're in a tight dress, you might be distracted during the shoot trying to make sure everything stays in place as well as lets you sit and run and move around in. I recommend bringing clothes that are "broken in" so that you'll be as comfortable as possible. I also love when people bring clothing or accessories that can show movement by catching the wind because it adds energy to the photos!
I think this is the most important suggestion. I recommend sticking to neutrals and earthy tones but that doesn't mean only white, beige, and tan. There are neutrals of every color! For example, if you love yellow, go with a mustard yellow (my all time favorite color, hence my brand colors!) or if you love green, go with a forest green. Just be sure to stay away from bright or fluorescent distracting colors like pink, bright orange or red. If you have dark or olive toned skin you may be the exception. If you're unsure, check with me first!
Avoid patterns that are too busy. The more subtle, the better! If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces (although I do love a good flannel because it makes the photograph feel warm and soft.) I usually try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because it can make the photo feel chaotic and hectic so if one of your wears a pattern, the other should wear a solid. Also, be sure to iron your clothes beforehand to eliminate distractions!
When I think “props," I think of all of those cringe-worthy Pinterest photos of cheesy chalkboards and hobby lobby signs. YUCK. The good news is, props don’t have to be cheesy! Props could be a pizza picnic, your motorcycle, your dog, blankets for snuggling, a pick up truck, a campfire, some flowers, a paddle board, WHATEVER. If you have props you wanna incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way. And if you decide to bring your dog, all I ask is that you bring someone to handle your dog when we just want to focus on the two of you. If not, it'll be crazy hard to balance both.
If you're wanting an in-home session, you'll want to make sure that your space has enough natural light (feel free to text me photos) and that the aesthetic matches the vibe of the shoot. As for style, all of the above applies, but less layers. Not saying you should be in your Birthday suit, but the photos will look a lot more comfortable and intimate than if you’re in lots of heavy layers! I mean, most of us walk around the house without pants anyways. (Right? Right?? Right.) I recommend bringing options of tank tops, shorts, sweaters, and jeans to mix and match! Anything that will show some skin is perf! Or if you wanna just wear a sweater with undies for a few or have your bae be shirtless, then heck yes to that. I pinky promise I’m not an internet creep. Ha.