Yay, you're booked! Now what?
It's time to plan your outfits
"ALways dress well, but keep it simple"
If you're anything like me, the thought of putting together a nice outfit for yourself (let alone one that also coordinates with other peoples) can be quite a daunting one. Through my years of being a photographer I've learnt a lot about the things that play a part in creating timeless and meaningful images, and outfits (whether we like it or not) do indeed play a big part in what your end result will be when it comes to your photos. I want you guys to be the main focus of your images, so sticking to some of the following outfit guidelines will help to remove any potential distractions and let you guys shine.
COLOURS + PATTERNS
You can never go wrong with soft tones (avoid black!). My photographic style pairs beautifully with earthy tones - whites, creams, beiges, browns, blushes, sage... any muted colour that you can find in nature is always a winner.
Avoid fluorescent tones and loud colours (particularly the likes of hot pink, bright orange or red).
If you are wanting to wear a pattern, steer clear of stripes and florals, but ginghams and/or flannels (with complimentary colours!) tend to work well.
Slogans and big logo's are a firm no-no (as well as any licensed clothing, e.g. Frozen!) as this type of clothing is highly distracting in photos and will prevent your images from being timeless.
THINK ABOUT YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Whatever outfits you end up deciding on, make sure they make sense to where your photoshoot will be taking place. If we're going to be at the beach, shoes may look a little out of place... embrace the bare feet! Likewise, if we're going to be climbing up a mountain, heels won't do you any favours (to be fair, I would highly discourage you to wear stilettos to a photoshoot anyway!)
Dressing appropriately for our location will allow you to be as comfortable as you can be, which will show in your images.
TEXTURE, MOVEMENT + ACCESSORIES
TEXTURE: Different fabrics can bring different textures to your photos. Linen always photographs so beautifully and brings a gorgeous, earthy texture to your images and is often a lot of people's go-to, however there are also other ways to bring texture into your images through chunky woollen jerseys, cable knit jumpers, denim jackets, teddy coats... etc! There are so many ways in which you can incorporate different materials if you want to add a bit of visual interest to your photos without having to sway from your colour palette.
MOVEMENT: Having movement in your images can be fun and can usually be achieved easiest through female clothing. Maxi / midi dresses are great for this, as are long and flowy cardigans and kimonos.
ACCESSORIES: Chucking on an accessory can easily change the look of your images without having to change into a completely different outfit. Whether its a hat, a jacket, or a scarf... adding layers to your outfit gives you different options and looks to play with when we're out shooting.
Need some inspiration?
Now that you've read all that, you'll either have sighed a huge sigh of relief and thought "phew, we've got the perfect outfits already in our wardrobe!" or instead you may be thinking, "uh-oh, what are we going to wear?!?!"
If you fall into category two, I've compiled a list of some of my favourite shops below for you to have a look through.
Thankfully, in the last couple of years, some of the more affordable shops have started bringing out the most gorgeous clothing pieces, so you definitely do not need to spend a fortune to achieve the look you want for your photos.
KIDS - Investment Pieces
- Jamie Kay: www.jamiekay.co.nz
- Little Bambinos: www.littlebambinos.co.nz
- Sienna Blair: www.siennablair.co.nz
- Little Trooper: www.littletrooper.co.nz
- Seed: www.seedheritage.com/NZ
- Tiny Trove: www.tinytrove.com.au
- Kinsfolk: www.kinsfolk.co.nz
- Maki the Label: www.makithelabel.com
- Nature Baby: www.naturebaby.co.nz