By far, the most common question I get asked before shooting any photography session is “What should we wear”?
Whether we’re planning an engagement session, family session or maternity shoot, the first thing I ask is: what are we going to do? What you wear for an engagement or portrait session really depends on where we are going and what we’ll be doing. If we’re planning to shoot on a dock or the shores of a lake, it doesn’t quite fit to be wearing stiletto heels, does it? Wear something that’s natural for the location we’re shooting in. And remember, there’s a good chance that I’ll have you laying in the grass, dipping your toes in the water or sitting on the edge of the dock, so remember that when you’re choosing your outfit!
Engagement and Portrait Sessions
When it comes to getting ready for a portrait session, think of it like a casual date night: a little nicer than usual, but still comfortable and appropriate for the activity that’s planned.
A good rule of thumb is rather than going all-out on 3 new outfits, simply wear what you normally wear, plus something extra cool. For example, if we’re doing a mountain engagement shoot in the snow - wear what you normally would for a walk in the mountains, but maybe bring along a funky patterned blanket or a fun furry vest as your ‘extra cool’ item.
We’ve all seen a stunning photo of a woman in an evening gown in the woods, but you don’t usually see the behind-the-scenes. If you've got your heart set on a dramatic photo like that, I’m totally game, but don’t forget to think of how you’re going to get there. Namely… you’ll want a comfortable pair of shoes to get to that location/in that canoe/across that rope bridge, even if you want to change into heels once we get there.
Or maybe you’re one of those rockstar women who can basically do anything in heels. If so, disregard that advice. You’ll find me right behind ya in jeans and sneakers.
I know it seems like the right thing to do for a family photography session is to dress everyone in their ‘Sunday best.’ However, I have lived through the challenge of getting three kids into dress clothes (and trying to get them to stay in dress clothes for more than five minutes)… and I realize that it is not for the faint of heart.
Let’s be honest - in a family session, it’s often Dad who isn’t too sure about getting dressed up. And you know what? That’s cool. When everyone in the family is feeling comfortable, relaxed and like themselves, that’s when the magic happens. The real smiles come out, and I get to photograph you at your natural best. With that in mind, my best advice is to figure out what Dad is comfortable in, and have the rest of the fam match that level of formality. If that means you’re all in jeans and a T-shirt - awesome. I love it... but please don't all show up wearing matching white t-shirts!
For your family session, I want you to be yourselves. I want you to play! I want the kids to be able to get their hands dirty, because - let’s be honest - that’s what family looks like most of the time.
When your kids have grown up and started caring a lot more about how they look, you will think back to their childhood… and I bet you won’t remember your son’s shirt done up and tucked in. You’ll remember those chubby feet that just refused to keep socks on. You’ll remember the times when you came around the corner to find one of them enamoured by a bug crawling up a blade of grass, while the other has stripped down to their undies and is drinking from the hose. You’ll remember all of those messy, hands-dirty, what-are-you-eating-and-where-did-you-get-it moments that make up being a family.
And that’s what I want to capture for you! As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to book your session:)