5 Outfit Tips to Get the Most out of Your Pictures
1. Ditch the “Matchy-Matchy” look.
I get it- choosing outfits that “match” can feel like a full-time job. You’ll find yourself asking questions like, “Will this look okay?” and “How do we look like we know what we’re doing?” You can always take the easy route and wear jeans and solid white t-shirts… that will make you look like you belong together, right? Wrong, my friend. We want to make sure you look like the helplessly in-love couple you are, and not like siblings in a giant family portrait in the early 2000’s. J Reach for colors and patterns that complement each other rather than worrying about being super matchy. Steer clear of wearing the exact same outfit, and you’ll be just fine.
2. Neutral Colors for the WIN.
Everyone has a favorite color, but sometimes that favorite doesn’t photograph well. Super bright tones like reds, yellows, and pinks, can be distracting and tend to take away from the goal of the image. Earthy, natural tones (patterns included!) will look incredible in any setting without the distraction. Now, if I were you reading this right now, I would be asking, “okay Kayla… what actually classifies as an earthy tone?” To help the visual folks like myself, I’ve created a little color palette of some of my favorite colors- see below! Remember! You don’t HAVE to wear exactly these shades, but they are a good start to building a solid color palette of your own. To put it simply, if you’re thinking of a color, and you can find it in a box of highlighters, pick a different color.
3. Dress for the Weather.
You might be in the Midwest like me. And if that’s the case, you know that a single 24 hours can encompass all four seasons (seriously… it’s a real thing in Illinois). There is nothing more uncomfortable than dressing for summer and having to take pictures in 40-degree weather. If you’re freezing and tense, your photos will show that. On the contrary, if you dress for winter, and end up sweating your faces off… what was the point of getting all done-up in the first place? The best advice I can give here is to dress in LAYERS. Unless you’re located in an Always Sunny and 75 spot, the weather is unpredictable at best. It takes no time at all to throw on (or take off) a jacket and/or to make a quick shoe change. And always check yo forecast!
4. Bring an Accessory or Two.
I am one of those people who are not super comfortable in front of the camera… that’s why I hang in the back. J If you’re like me, you might be thinking, “how do I stand?” or “what do I do with my hands?” That’s where accessories come in. It’s super easy to get playful with scarves and blankets! You can never go wrong bringing your favorite hat along. Now sometimes, it’s hotter than Hades outside, or it’s pouring down rain (see tip number 3), and those things aren’t realistic. Don’t worry! We can always head to an ice cream place or coffee shop or get pizza (always down for pizza) and use real-life things for props.
5. Wear what makes you feel YOUR BEST.
You can follow every one of these tips to a tee, but if you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing, you will be uncomfortable during your session. The most important rule is that you both are completely relaxed and feel like yourselves. If you’re struggling with what to wear, head over to your closet and pull out your go-to outfit- you know, the one you wear on a fun night out. I know you have one! The only thing that really matters is that the two of you have a good time and get the very most out of your engagement session.