This is the big question for most of my clients. As soon as they book, they’re thinking ‘OMG, what do I wear?!’ and throwing themselves into a panic.
Let me start by introducing you to my Pinterest boards. To help with your decision making process, I have put together various collections, with lots of inspiration for outfits, which you can find at ‘Inspired by the Look’. Hopefully this will give some ideas and help you work out what looks you do and don’t like on camera.
I suggest that you think about what you’re going to wear quite a way in advance of your photoshoot date. The longer you have to prepare, the better.
Please don’t leave it until the night before and end up rushing around trying to put outfits together, searching for accessories to match and coming up empty handed, cleaning dirty boots and trying to get the creases or stains out of your favourite blouse, with little time to spare.
Once you have booked and paid for your shoot with me, you will gain access to the passworded Client Area, on my website, which includes a lot more tips and hints for when it comes to choosing your outfits, including information about accessories, footwear, colours, tack, locations, etc. and will help make your photoshoot as special as it can be. But until then…
Here are a few top tips for choosing your outfits.
I’ve photographed clients in jeans, jods, skirts, blazers and jackets, mini-dresses, maxi-dresses, playsuits, ball gowns, wedding dresses, fur coats, fancy dress, tutus, fairy wings, vintage clothing, cowboy hats, high heels, bare feet… just about everything!
So, really, anything goes and it’s all about your own personal taste. Having said there, here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
The most important thing to consider is that you wear clothes that you are completely comfortable in and that fit you well! The aim is not to have you looking like somebody you don’t recognise, but like the best version of yourself.
You can have lots of fun with your outfits for your shoot and really add personality, so make sure your choices reflect you as a person. However, it is also important to bear in mind that this shoot is something that you don’t do every day, so don’t be afraid to be brave and a little creative with your choices. You don’t want to be thinking ‘I wish I’d worn that’, when all is said and done.
If you love to dress up and look glamorous, bring a dress and your false lashes. If you aren’t one for dressing up, a simple tweed jacket or blazer, jeans and boots will make sure you look casual, yet smart and tends to suit every size and shape.
If you love both, bring both!
I strongly encourage you to bring a variety of options. Some outfits might not suit the locations we have available to us, and it’s great for me to be able get an idea of what makes you ‘you’, by seeing the kinds of things you like to wear. We can narrow down your choices when I arrive and we’ve had a look around the space available to us.
A basic individual shoot with me can include up to three outfit choices. You don’t have to use all three, but the option is there if you want to.
A great way to use your three options and cover all bases, would be…
- A horsey outfit – Jods or jeans, yard boots and a polo shirt/shirt and gilet.
- A smart/casual outfit – Think ‘going to lunch’. Perhaps jeans, a blouse and heels.
- Something super glam – A ball gown, cocktail dress or an outfit you might wear out for the evening.
Handy hint: I would also advise bringing at least one brightly coloured item.
Mud to Makeup shoots include two outfit choices and Group Shoots will depend on the amount of people involved.
And if really you aren’t a fan of fashion, I would still strongly advise that you at least just bring one extra top, to change into halfway through the shoot.
Even if your two outfit choices are similar, it is still good to have them both. It gives us breathing time, to regroup, halfway through the shoot and it adds a bit of variation to your images. If for some reason, when you see your final images, you decide that you don’t like the way your first outfit choice looks (it has happened before!), you know that all is not lost, because you had a second option!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the outfit advice you will find on my Client Area, once you’re all booked in.
So if you’d like to book your shoot for this Spring or Summer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by going to the ‘Contact Me’ section above, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or dropping me a message on Facebook.