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Hello! Before you dive in I want you to know that all of this is just a recommendation and is not the only right answer. Above all I just really want you two to show up comfortable and confident to our photo session. So please, wear what makes you feel amazing!

This guide is not meant to limit you, but rather help you choose the best options out of what you normally wear. Or to help give you ideas if you decide to go shopping.

1. Bring Options

You are more than welcome to bring more than one outfit. Need a little advice on coordinating the outfits? Not sure which one will look the best? Bring them and we can look at them together. Also please feel free to text me pictures of outfit ideas and I am more than happy to help you pick before hand. I also recommend to wear your favorite of the two outfits during the second half of our session. This is because you two are usually warmed up and more comfortable in front of the camera during the second half. Only want to wear one outfit? That's totally fine!

2. Patterns & Logos

When it comes to wearing anything with a pattern it's important to make sure it won't be overly distracting. Also, a pretty good rule I like to stick with: if someone is going to wear a pattern, keep it to just one of you. Most of the time the two different patterns will clash and distract from your beautiful faces. You can see in these images examples below of distracting and clashing patterns. In general I suggest to to avoid patterns and logos. However if you choose a pattern make sure only one of you is wearing one. 

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example image by India Earl

This image below is a good example for proper pattern wearing. Only one of them is wearing one and the other is wearing a super simple clean outfit to balance it out.

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Example image by Miranda Jean

A large and simple flannel is one pattern that is usually okay like the image below. Again, only one of them is wearing a pattern.

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3. Color Choices

I typically lean towards neutral and muted colors. These are usually the most timeless and offer minimal distraction from your faces. But we do need to keep in mind our location. We will want to make sure you don't blend in and match the colors of the background. If you want to wear a color other than a neutral that is totally fine! Please also keep in mind that really BRIGHT oranges, reds, pinks, and greens can reflect a hue of color onto your partners face. And that isn't always possible to fix in editing. If you really want to get into the science of it, you can pick out colors that are complimentary to your skin tone (cool, warm, or neutral). If you want to learn more about how to find your tone and what colors work well you can watch this video

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In these images you can see how neutrals can be pretty timeless and offer minimal distractions. Also notice how they are each wearing different colors so they don't blend in to each other too much.

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4. Location Shapes & Textures

Keep in mind the location we will be shooting at. If we are going to a very open, minimal, clean landscape you could choose to play with color more. If we are going to a location that has a lot of different shapes and textures in the background ( large trees, large rocks) a simpler more minimal outfit would be good. 

In this image you can see how the background has a lot of shape and texture. The couple is wearing a really minimal simple outfit which helps them stand out from all the texture.

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Example image by India Earl

In this image below you can see how the background has a lot of shape and texture. The couple is wearing too many patterns and is too busy. They do not provide a good contrast from the rocks. Imagine if they were wearing white and removed the patterns-how much more they would pop from the background.

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5. Complimentary Colors

If you want to wear some color a sure way to make sure your pics really pop and look right is to wear something complimentary to the location colors. You could also wear complimentary colors between the two of you. Look at this color wheel below and you can see that any color that is directly across from each other is its complimentary color. Examples: location has lots of pretty tan/yellowy tall grass.  A nice complimentary color for you to wear would be a shade of blue. Another location example could be up in the mountains with lots of green pine trees and green grass. A complimentary color to that would be red. 

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Example image by Miranda Jean

In this picture you can see how the guy wore a red tone that was complimentary to the green trees and the girl has a nice white that is a great neutral for any location.

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In this picture you can see how the guy wore neutral tones and the girl has a nice pop of blue that is complimentary to the gold tones of the background.

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In this picture you can really see complimentary colors in action. See how wearing the blue/teal and gold/yellow just go so well together? 

With these two I really wanted to make sure they stood out from the snow so we went with black and red. The red Is a good compliment with the green pines and the black made sure they didn't blend into the snow.

5. Coordinating Casual & Classy

It's important to make sure that you two are wearing the same level of casual or same level of dressy outfits. Here are some examples of not coordinating and then coordinating.

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In this image the guy is not dressed up to the same level as the girl. Still a super cute pic but looks a little unbalanced.

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In this image they are matching each others level of casual. I feel like this is better balanced.

6. Coordinated vs. Clashing

When you are picking out your outfits it's important to make sure they are coordinated, but not clashing. Here are some examples.

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Example image by India Earl

Here the couple is obviously coordinated, and it works. The same color is worn but the outfits are still different.

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Example image by India Earl

Here the couple is too matchy matchy and is giving me very much twin sibling vibes.

7. Comfort

This seems pretty obvious but I always like to remind people in case they forget.

Please be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing. If you are freezing your butt off, you will be able to notice that in the images. If we are shooting in the snow, wear an outfit that seems appropriate for winter. Boots, long pants, long sleeve, jacket, even beanies can be cute. 

If we are shooting in the middle of the summer wear something that you won't sweat through (we don't want giant pit marks, yikes). Cotton and linen is a great option for the summer. It absorbs moisture better and doesn't show sweat as easily. If the weather is questionable please bring a jacket to at least wear while we are walking to and from the location so you don't get too cold.

SHOES:

Ladies- heels are 99% of the time a bad idea. I do so much movement with my clients. I have you run around, sit, stand, do piggy backs, etc. I feel like heels really hinder some of the poses I like to do because the girl cannot move well enough in them, or she is getting blisters. If you want to wear heels please make sure to bring a pair of comfortable shoes. You will need them to walk to and from our location.

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8. Jewelry, Nails, Wrinkly Clothes & Hats

I always encourage clients to remove apple/smart watches. I like to get close ups of hands near faces and the watch is distracting.

I usually recommend to avoid wearing any rubber type bracelets (lance armstrong style). Please remember to remove hair ties from your wrists hours before our session to avoid having indents in your skin.

I will get close ups of your hands so make sure your nails are groomed to your liking.

Wrinkly clothes: please be sure to have your clothes ironed out. I cannot fix really wrinkly clothing in post.

Hats: I love hats and they can be a super cute accessory. Just make sure you will be comfortable removing it for some of the photos. Hats that have brims hinder intimate and cuddling poses because the brim hits the other person in the face. So just be sure to be prepared to take it off at times. 

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