Most of you probably don't know this about me, but I LOVE clothes. Not shopping necessarily, but clothes themselves. I love trying out new styles and putting new outfits together with clothes I already have. So, I had a blast putting together this styling guide!
Before we get into this, I want to say that you do not need to buy a new outfit. Now, if you've got the money and you want to, then go for it! But, you definitely shouldn't feel like it's something you have to do just because you have a photoshoot coming up.
In this post, I'm going to talk about different styles for your session, from casual to dressy; give you some outfit and color palette ideas; and tips on complimenting your outfit with your s/o!
Other than location, one of the first things you decide about a session is what you're going to wear. What you need to consider when thinking about what you want to wear is, first, what kind of vibe you want, and second, what you're comfortable in. I definitely think photos should say a lot about you. So, if you literally never wear a dress, then don't feel the need to wear one for a photo session. If you like tees, jeans, and sneakers, then wear that!
I came up with a kind of scale for dressing for a photo shoot. It ranges from casual to dressy, with a mix in between.
For the ladies, jeans and shorts, paired with a fun graphic tee, and a statement sneaker can be super fun and chill. If you want to keep it casual, but dress it up a bit, just add one article that dresses it up some. Pair a simple tee with a skirt or jeans and add flats or fun wedges. Flip that last one around a bit to make it a little dressier, with a hint of casual. Grab a nicer top and pair it with some jeans, and add pumps to take it up a notch. And lastly, full blown dressed up. Throw on your favorite dress or skirt and pair it with a pair of heels or wedges. Want a fun accessory? Bring a fun hat that can be put on or taken off to change up the look a little.
I also put together a fun color palette for spring. You can mix and match these colors, and they perfectly compliment the one below for the guys.
I think we can all agree that guys are WAY easier to come up with an outfit for. A nice pair of jeans can easily be worn for everything. But if you do want to get super dressed up, then opt for nice dress pants or khakis. Throw on pair of sneakers with jeans and a tee for a laid back, casual look. Keep the jeans, and swap the tee for a nice polo and add loafers to level up one. To make it a little dressier, go with jeans or khakis, grab a nice button-up, and some Chelsea boots or loafers. And last but not least, pair khakis or dress pants with a button-up, and some nice dress shoes. Want to add a little something extra? A casual sports coat can really bring your look together, but can also be taken off for some photos to mix it up.
One last thing I want to touch on is matching, or complimenting each other's outfits. I've seen couples show up in the same shade of a color and if that's your thing, then you do you, but don't think that that's what you have to do! There are so many fun shades of colors that compliment each other beautifully. So, don't be afraid to mix it up a little. When it comes to choosing colors, the only suggestion I have is that generally calmer, more muted colors like neutrals, pastels, and earth tones photograph better than bold, bright colors do.
I hope this helps to give you some ideas for your next photo shoot, and hopefully takes some stress off of deciding what to wear! If you want to shop the photos, links can be found below.