So you have a photoshoot coming up, ack, and you’re not sure what to expect.  So here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you feel like a deer in the headlights when a camera is pointed at you?
  • Do you often stare at your closet wondering what to wear for special occasions?
  • Do you want to make the most of your photoshoot?

If you answered YES or NO or SOMETIMES KINDA SORTA I’M NOT SURE to any of these questions, continue reading. (See what I did there? You have no choice but to keep reading! Bahahaa.)

So here are some tips that will help prepare you for your shoot. It’s geared specifically towards engagement photoshoots, but can be applied to other types of shoots as well (wedding, lifestyle, etc.).

What to Expect

There will be a mix of posed and candid shots.  You’ll be asked to do a variety of things — chat about what you had for breakfast, do a fake Santa Claus laugh, give each other a big teddy bear hug, hold hands, almost-but-not-quite kiss, run-thataway-okay-now-run-back-thisaway, lie down, look at each other lovingly, make a face like you just ate a lemon, move half-a-step to your right…no, your OTHER right.

You may want to practice in the mirror ahead of time.  Serious!  It will help you find the facial expressions and poses you feel most comfortable with, and it’ll decrease the deer-in-headlights feeling once you’re actually in front of the camera.

What to Wear

What you wear is VERY important.  If you’re decidedly fashion challenged like I am, here are some thought starters to get you on your way:

  • If you want to be casual:  jeans, funny t-shirts, polo tops, sundresses (eg – GAP, J. Crew)
  • If you want to be dressy:  something you might wear for cocktails, dinner at a nice restaurant or a night on the town (eg – BCBG)
  • If in doubt:  try Anthropologie (love!), Club Monaco, Wendy’s Lookbook, or Mod Cloth for inspiration

Breaking it down:

  • Guys:  Dress like a guy.  Consider sport jackets, leather boots, sweater vests (love!), shirts with fun patterns, slim fitting tees.  Don’t be afraid to accessorize with tie clips, cuff links, suspenders, pocket squares, wrist cuffs or anything else you might fancy.
  • Gals:  Dress with a feminine touch.  Accessorize!  Belts, scarves, bling, hair pieces.  I give you permission to buy those super cute & sexy shoes you’ve been eyeing.  ;)
  • Together:  Your clothes should match, but not be too matchy-matchy.  As an example, if one person is wearing a blue top, the other could wear an accesory that has a hint of blue.  Don’t both of you wear the exact same blue top!

Other things to consider:

  • Colour:  I personally like bright and bold colors, but anything goes.  Just try not to wear clothes that will make you blend in with the environment.  Eg – don’t wear grey on a grey and cloudy day.
  • If your super cute & sexy shoes are not comfortable, bring a pair of back-ups you can switch into when we’re walking between locations.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • There could be close-up shots of your hands, so make sure your hands and nails are clean and neat
  • Hair & make-up can enhance your look if you have the time, patience and inclination for it
  • Keep in mind you may be sitting on the ground or leaning against things
  • Bring multiple outfits if you’re not sure what to wear and we can pick and choose when we get there.  Alternatively, send me photos ahead of time of your clothes.
  • Do NOT wear ratty running shoes or old sports sandals!!  Do NOT wear dress shoes with white socks!!  Do NOT wear sports  jerseys without my express permission!!

What to Bring

Feel free to bring water and snacks, but try to travel light. Leave valuables at home because purses and manbags are not photographed — we typically leave them off to the side (usually on the ground).

If there are any fun props you want to use, bring them along!  Some examples include balloons, hats, flowers, fake glasses + mustache, wigs, pets, etc.

In Summary

Let me know via Contact link above if you have any questions, comments or special requests!