what to wear guide


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 

the location. 


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!

any questions?

feel free to reach out and ask questions about anything you read in this guide

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