Number 1. Be Yourself
Probably the question I get asked the most is, "What should we wear?" And first and foremost, you want to look like yourself in the photos. Well if you're anything like me....you have a "I want to look like I stepped out of a perfectly polished Pinterest board." version of yourself.... and also "I have three kids, may have slept in this t-shirt, there's a 50/50 chance I'll shower today." version of myself (or as I like to call it...my every day look) lol. Oh... errr what was my point in confessing that?? OH right!! Let's shoot for the Pinterest look!
But in all seriousness, if you are jeans and a t-shirt kind of person, wear it! If you love to get dressed up, do it! If dragon onesies are your thing.... abso-freaking-lutly!! I want the photos to reflect you, and I want you to be comfortable.
Number 2. Actual Clothing Advice
"Yeah...but what do I actually wear?"
So I find the most visually interesting outfits to be, a pattern on one of you, and pulling out colors from that print to match. Too many prints tend to compete for attention. In the photo above, Whitney's dress has a beautiful pattern that draws you in, but Ken's solid colors, blend perfectly with her dress and ground the whole ensemble.
In the photo below, the cute pattern on Kaite's skirt, stands out from the background, and with Darrel's shirt complimenting the colors of her skirt so well, he doesn't get lost in the photo either.
Plaid also works great as a print....and I mean...who doesn't love plaid??
3. Consider the season and backdrop
I tend to have people stay away from white or black, and lean more towards bright colors. But for every rule there is the exception. Session in the winter tend to be filled white, gray, and black, so going with reds, blues, pinks, definitely helps you stand out.
In spring you get brown, gray, and some light green. So again, blues, reds, yellow (does anyone actually wear yellow? lol) are great colors to wear.
Summer is where you can tend to get away with wearing some white and black. As summer tends to be loaded with green, and blue. Arron's black shirt stands out against the white sky, but also would against the green grass.
And in Fall.....well your guess is as good as mine! lol You never know what colors you may get! Solids, cream color, browns all work well. Where brights can also work super too!
4. How many outfits should I bring?
I usually say at least two, one a little more dressy and one more casual. You can absolutely bring more if you like! Be prepared for awkward changing situations, as we aren't always near the convenient changing spots. If you are shy about the changing situation...one outfit it totally fine also. We can also do a few locations, and different outfits for each location.
5. Choosing a location
I know, I know....we're talking about outfits here.....but here's some *freebie* advice.
I also get asked about choosing a location a lot. I tell clients, if you have a spot that you love, that special to you, that your comfortable at, let's do it! And I mean that, be it Taco Bell(yes, I've totally seen that) to a castle (what photographer in their right mind say "no" to a castle?) Are you surfers, let's do a surfing session. Skiers, let's hit the slopes. Or just a stroll down a beach. I'm always up for adventure and love being inspired by new locations. And if you haven't noticed a theme here yet, I want getting in front of the camera (something most people don't like) to be as comfortable as possible.
If you have no idea where....I have some favorite spots throughout Maine that offer an amazing backdrop, and can usually find a location that's convenient!
Holly Kangas, mother, photographer, part time chef, and project runway winner wanna be!
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