So you've booked your session, you're excited and no doubt planning it out in your mind... the first question on everyone's list is, what to wear.  Don't worry, I've got you covered from colors, style, to tips and links.

If you haven't already, follow me on Pinterest @InspirarePhotog!  I've compiled a list of inspirational links to help with visuals in piecing the perfect outfit together, no matter the season.

Tips: Do's & Don'ts

  • Wear something you're comfortable in. If you're uncomfortable, it will show in the photos. Clothing that is too constricting can make you feel uncomfortable and comes across as rigid, stuffy and unnatural. Clothing that's too loose often makes your person look shorter and sometimes frumpy. A great option is to bring a few outfits - something more formal, and something more playful. This captures all facets of your personality and gives a wide range of photos to choose from.

  • If you're an athlete, play a sport, play an instrument, dance, gymnastics, are an artist, have a hobby, etc. - bring an outfit or prop along to incorporate your personality into the photos! Trust me, I never make images look over-posed or too cheesy, but incorporate these traits in a fun and playful way.

  • For the kiddos, bring on item they can interact with - kids like to be busy, and it's great to have images that really encapsulate the stages they are at rather than trying to capture them acting in an unnatural/forced way. Bring a favorite toy, blanky, pet, stuffed animal... if we're going to the beach bring a bucket and shovel, toy boat, truck. Kites, bikes, a ball to kick around or play catch, etc. A book can bring out your child's pensive look and is often a favorite portrait among parents I work with. The options are endless - and a small token can go a long way in lighting up their faces with natural wonder and laughter.

  • Dressing in layers is not only flattering, but gives multiple options without having to change. This is also beneficial in Washington state, because we never know what the weather might throw our way!

  • Sessions outdoors often require a bit of walking. If you have shoes that you would rather not dirty, or may be uncomfortable/dangerous to walk in on unstable ground, bring a second pair and change for the shot! As long as you're comfortable - I'm comfortable.

  • Please, don't cut/trim/color your hair or tan (bed, spray, or lotion) within 3 days of your session. Fresh cuts often look fresh for at least 3 days or 3 washes. Likewise, fresh tans may be picked up as orange in camera or highlight lines/spots which have not yet settled.

  • Drastic changes should also be avoided until after your session (change of hair length/style, piercings, tattoos, etc.) so that you look and feel like yourself in the photos. I recommend waiting at least 1 month from a drastic change prior to your session.

  • Please do pamper your nails (manicure/trim/file), especially for engagement sessions! Drink plenty of water the days leading up to your session, and moisturize your skin (especially in the winter). Get plenty of sleep the night before your session; nothing shows in a photograph more than lack of sleep.

It's Not What You Wear, But How You Wear It:

  • The best advice I can give is to compliment each other, without being overly matchy. The jeans & white t-shirt look is a little dated, while the bold prints and pop's of color could go a great way in your photo! The key is balance. Solids are matched well with layers and accessories, while different prints and colors look well when tied into common ground like shades, or a specific highlighted color. You want your style to show through in your photos, without outshining you.

  • Choose colors that don't clash, but don't be afraid to be bold! If it's something you'd wear naturally, go for it - but if you're reaching to make a statement for your photos, you may look back in wonder, in ten years.

  • You are not restricted to the season we are in. While you might not want to wear your summer sun-dress in the snow, you surely aren't restricted to winter sweaters and boots. Especially on the cusp of seasons (Summer transitioning into fall being the busiest season for photo-shoots), wear what your comfortable style is and go for a timeless look rather than a seasonal "winter" or "summer" look.

  • Look for great pieces like a bomber jacket, great wrist bands that you can mix-n-match, earnings, chunky necklace, or scarf. For men, a great watch, shoes, hat, and even a funky pair of socks can add an element that ties your personality into the photos. Switching it up in session and having your partner wear your hat or jacket can turn up some really sweet, genuine and personal photos.

  • Wear your makeup as you normally would during the day, with maybe an extra coat of mascara to make your eyes pop! Don't go heavy on blemishes or with eye shadow/liner, as this can be picked up as unflattering in-camera. I edit all final images and remove blemishes, stray hairs, etc.

Don't hesitate to text or email me photos for input or suggestions, and if you want to bring along a few outfits and accessories for my input, I'm happy to help!! Above all we’re here to have fun and capture those moments for centuries to come!