what to wear guide
FOR YOUR SESSION WITH FOCUS 22 PHOTOGRAPHY
the low down...
I know it can feel daunting to pick what to wear for photos. Here are a few guidelines I’ve put together so you can be sure to look amazing, while still making sure the images are focused on you, not what you’re wearing. Full disclaimer, I'm not a fashion expert by any means. There’s a great chance you’ve got better style than I do! This is just what I’ve found to work best from past sessions.
Most importantly I want you guys feel and look like yourselves. Wear something you will look and feel comfortable in!
here are a few guidelines to help you out if you're just not sure where to start.
I always recommend to bring options. It's always nice to have options to change into for each location we
shoot at. Changing outfits also gives you a variety of images. All you have to do is make sure you bring stuff that you feel like a million bucks in that we can pick and pull from! If you ask me for guidance, or what I like best, I promise to give you an honest opinion.
Don’t bring your whole closet though. It will take too much time to go through everything and will take
time away from your session. Most people bring along 2 bottoms and 2 or 3 tops each, then you can
bring dresses, accessories, jackets and whatnot as well. Also, just know that depending on where we are
shooting, you’ll most likely be changing in the back of the car on the side of the road. If you aren’t
down with that, that’s totally fine and you can just bring one outfit!
it should make sense....
Think about the conditions and locations we are going to be
shooting in and plan around it. If we are going to be hiking around
the valley, bring shoes you are comfortable walking in. If we are
shooting on a sandy beach, bathing suits and sandals are definitely
options! If it’s freezing cold outside, bring lots of layers and warm
clothes with warm socks and boots. Please, please, please remember, especially with little people to either bundle them good in lots of layers, or just let them wear their coat. I can promise you a warm child is a lot more cooperative than a cold one! If it’s going to be
hot, bring clothes that can breathe more so you're not sweaty and uncomfortable.
I typically recommend sticking to neutrals and earthy tones. That doesn't mean just gray's and browns. Go wild with the "earth" tones - mustard
yellow, forest green, deep blues! The only specific colours I recommend
staying away from are neons. A lot of the time they result in skin tones
looking a bit weird in photos.
Avoid big, loud, chunky, crazy patterns. The smaller or more subtle, the
better! If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces. I usually
try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because, you guessed it, it makes the photos feel a little hectic and distracting from your faces and
Like I said, make sure that the materials you wear will keep you comfortable during the shoot not
only for temperatures but also for being able to
move around in. If you're in brand new jeans that are still stiff and tight, 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 wind, because it adds energy to the photos and looks freaking gorgeous!
yay for wind!
When I think “props”, my mind flashes through all of the cringe-worthy Pinterest photos I’ve seen of cheesy chalkboards and over the top props brought to shoots that distract from you. But props don’t have to be cheesy! Props could be a pizza picnic, a motorcycle, your pet (if you have a dog and don't bring them, I'll be so sad), blankets, a truck/car, a campfire, a bouquet, a guitar, a canoe, etc. If you have props you want to incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way!
hair & makeup
A lot of people ask me whether or not they
should get hair and makeup done by a pro.
My answer is always “whatever will make you feel best, do that.” For me, I love being
pampered, so when we do family photos
every year, I always go get my hair and
makeup done, because its a special treat! The most important thing is that you feel
confident. If you’re getting hair and makeup
done, I recommend you schedule to be done at least an hour before you have to leave for
the shoot so you aren’t late. Also, if you’re super pale like me and want a spray tan, do
your research on a reputable salon first! We
don’t want you looking like an oompa loompa on shoot day!
in home sessions
All of the above applies for in home sessions! In home sessions are usually more intimate, so don't be afraid to shed the layers! I'm definitely not saying you need to be naked or anything like that, but most of us walk around without pants on at home anyways. I recommend tank tops, shorts, sweaters, and jeans to mix and match! Or if you wanna just wear a sweater with undies for a few, have your babe shirtless, or jump in the tub together for a bubble bath, then heck yes to that! I promise I’m not a creep!