Let me preface this guide with the fact that I wear sweatpants, sweatshirts, tshirts, and denim every day besides Saturday. Fashion has never been my thing and I'm sure you know more than me! With that said, there are some guidelines I encourage my couples to typically follow that make your photos more cohesive, less distracting, more emotional, and more you. Any kind of style can photograph well as long as you look like you. So here are some tips!
1. Wear something that's comfortable and that you don't have to adjust often. Not too clingy or tight. Your bra straps are securely hidden. You're wearing a belt to keep your pants where you want them if necessary. If you're uncomfortable with what you're wearing, or if your clothes don't fit, you will be able to tell in the photos.
2. Make sure it makes sense. The look should be cohesive with who you are and where you are taking photos. Think about the conditions and locations we will be shooting and plan accordingly. If we're hiking, wear boots or hiking shoes with good grip. If we're on the river sandbars, go barefoot. If it's snowing, wear layers. If it's 100 degrees outside, wear breathable clothes and be comfortable. Don't freeze or overheat, where outfits that make sense.
3. Bring options. Specifically focus on 2 different categories: Chill Clothes and Goals Clothes. Chill clothes would be things that make you feel like yourself. What you would wear to your favorite concert or what you would wear at home. Things you're extremely comfortable in and love. Usually these are pieces you already own and live in. Depending on your location, this could be distressed jeans, denim shorts, a sweatshirt. a swimming suit, a chunky cardigan, cute hiking clothes, flannel, adidas, etc.
Goals clothes are things that make you feel like a million bucks. This is like your "all out" outfit. I often encourage my brides to purchase a full-length flowy dress for this. They show movement which make the photos come alive. They're slimming and so pretty. This is one of my favorite places to get them! However, if you are not a dress person, DON'T WEAR ONE! Wear something you've always wanted to wear. Step slightly outside of your comfort zone, but still do you, if that makes sense!
4. Wear coordinating outfits, not "matching" outfits. So don't wear exactly the same thing, or the exact same color. Wear colors, textures, and styles that compliment each other.
5. Layers are good when seasonally appropriate. A jacket or cardigan specifically can be slimming and will help if you dislike your arms in photos.
6. As you plan what options to bring, focus on neutrals (creams, browns, black, grays, jewel tones), denim, different textures, patterns (typically small or subtle are better and less distracting), and then some pops of color (maybe a camel-colored cardigan, a mustard sweater, a flannel with some red in it, a dark green beanie, things like that). Ultimately though, bring things you love and we will make something work!
7. Accessories. A couple different jackets (again, unless it's blazing outside), necklaces, earrings, rings, all kinds of hats, amazing shoes. Whatever you normally accessorize with -- even if that's just a baseball cap that never leaves your head, bring it!!
Make sure you steam or iron your outfits ahead of time if necessary so your wrinkles aren't distracting from your faces.
Make sure your roots aren't showing if you dye your hair.
Consider fake eyelashes to make your eyes pop in the photos, however this is totally a personal preference. I have had several of my brides wipe off makeup on the way to their session because they had it done professionally and they just didn't feel like themselves. Wear as much or as little makeup as you want. Again, you looking and feeling comfortable and like yourself is the goal!
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Based in good ol' Omaha, Nebraska, we are Jack + Chelsea Archer, a husband and wife wedding photography team. We love to tease each other, explore nature, drink coffee, and raise kind, adorable tiny people (Liam, Nora, and Zoe). We also love being wedding photographers. We are so thrilled to be the Best of Omaha Wedding Photographers 3 years in a row.
We believe in marriage and we love to celebrate the beginning with our couples. We believe that photography shouldn't just be stiff and manufactured. We are all about the candids and capturing the connection between our couples and their family and friends. That means knowing and loving each of our clients so we know exactly how to photograph them. The best photos are when you're just authentically having fun and enjoying each other, doing whatever you do.