So from doing portrait sessions for the past few years, the number one question I get is: "What do I wear?!"
This is probably the top thing people stress over when arranging a photo session. But just because others stress over it, does not mean you have to! Here are my top tips on what to wear:
1.) Don't go too matchy! We have all seen those photos from that Awkward Family Photos website where everyone is wearing denim on denim or matching wind breakers. This may have been a fad (also, stay away from fads!) in the late 80's and early 90's, but fads change and then you are stuck with an awkward family photo. You do want everyone's outfits to coordinate, but not to the point where everyone looks like they are wearing a uniform. Try picking out a common color to use more as an accent color like in this photo:
See how they all have accents of red? This is a good example of how to coordinate, without everyone dressed exactly the same.
2.) Save some money! You don't have to go out and buy brand new clothes just for the photo. I did this for mine and my husband's engagement session and wish that I hadn't. Why? Because it was the first time both of us had worn those outfits and we were so uncomfortable! Also, it saves you $$$.
If you buy new clothes for the shoot, that is fine, try doing a "test drive" to make sure you will be comfortable during the 1 hour portrait session. Make sure what you are wearing for the photo session is comfortable both standing up and sitting down. Wriggle around and make sure that shirt stays the way you want it to look! You will be more at ease if you know your clothes are doing what you want them to do.
3.) Don't go overboard with the makeup. You should wear the same amount of make up you typically wear on a daily basis. Anything more or less will make your pictures not look like you. And who wants that?! Plus, if you are like me and only wear mascara, then you might be a little uncomfortable
4.) Be comfortable. If you live in the South like I do, then it is probably hot, humid, and buggy 80% of the time. So wear clothes that are appropriate for your setting. There is nothing worse than wearing a sweater and jeans in 85 degree weather with 100% humidity in Savannah, Ga. Just wear nice shorts, or nice sun dress. Don't do what I did, and make your Fiance wear pants in the middle of August (Sorry Trey!).
5.) Don't stress about your wardrobe! Relax and have fun! You are going to have better photos if you don't stress the little things like what everyone is wearing! Don't worry about looking good! That is the photographer's job!