As a wardrobe stylist, I’m often asked the question, “What should I wear to my photo shoot?” My short answer, “Something that makes you feel special.” The goal when styling an engagement session, family, or fashion shoot is for the person, couple or family to feel their best. You want their best self to be conveyed through the eyes of the lens. Wear your favorite dress, favorite jeans and favorite shoes. Period. Easy.
Now, let’s tackle the long answer. Here it goes:
Aim for 3 different looks: 3 different outfits. Since you’re going through the effort of setting aside time and energy, you might as well get a variety of expressions of yourself.
The easiest way to look more stylish and pulled together is to incorporate these principles:
Second most asked question, “Where should we shoot our photos?” Pick an environment that feels like you. For my engagement shoot, we chose a venue with an interesting brick wall backdrop because I love the look of an urban (city) setting. We also shot at the coffee shop where we met and then our favorite restaurant. Yes, this was an all day shoot, but we limited our time to one hour max at each location.
I suggest that you chose a location that has versatility. A coffee shop, street sidewalk and the ocean (beach) walking distance away. If you like music and go to lots of concerts, pick a music venue. If you like drinking beer and chill’n, set up a shoot at an awesome gastro pub or brewery. If you are a homebody, shoot at your home or condo complex. There are nooks and crannies that will fit the bill. Be inventive, introspective and creative.
That’s it. This is the recipe for success. Never take fashion and it’s rules too seriously. Use this as a guideline, then do what you want to do. If “dressy” is out of the question, then make the casual and semi-casual count. Wear whatever makes you happy but take the next step to assure that the garment itself is the best it can be. Remember that even if you don’t think these photos are important, you have parents and future children who will cherish these images. This is your legacy. Act accordingly.
All my best to your endeavor. Good luck and have fun!
Just like clothing, when you layer it, you immediately add more visual interest. I often talk about the third piece: most people just wear a first piece, a top, and a second piece, a bottom. The third piece adds dimension, personality and lots of optical excitement. Add a third piece to your neck, ears or hands, too!