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Photoshoot Outfit Planning Guide for Couples

Updated: Aug 28, 2021

Planning outfits with your partner can be stressful and sometimes a difficult task, but I’m here to help give you some tips to help you plan your outfits for your perfect session!

Colors. You don’t have to match colors, however they should still be coordinated. Earthy tones and neutral colors overall work together very well and are timeless colors. Examples are rusty orange, beige, terracotta, different shades of brown, black, white, khaki, navy blue or deep greens, and burgundy.

If you plan on a session in a nature themed area, such as woods or a beach, try wearing colors that are muted or more of a natural, earthy tone. For sessions in the city or urban setting, earthy tones are still an excellent choice and highly recommended, however a little pop of color can make your photos a bit more vibrant if that’s what you’re looking for.

Patterns. Avoid wearing super busy patterns. When it comes to patterns, less is more. If one of you does plan on wearing a piece of clothing with a pattern, make sure the other person wears something plain. Couples should avoid both wearing patterns at the same time, as this can make your outfits look disorganized. No patterns at all can also be a good choice.

Dimension. Instead of wearing patterns, you can add dimension to your outfit by adding layers. Throw on a flannel on a plain shirt or even a cardigan. This will also give you more of a variety of images because you can always take some photos with it on and some with it off.

Season. When planning your outfits, make sure to plan your outfits to match a season. What I mean by this is if one person plans on wearing boots, a sweater and long pants, don’t wear a sundress. Wear outfits that match whatever seasons look you’re trying to go for.

Location and formality. Consider the location. If you’re in a wooded area, heels may not be your best option. Sandals, boots and sneakers may be a better choice. For a city or urban theme, you have more flexibility with your options.

When it comes down to it, you can get great photos with dressy outfits or casual outfits. Just make sure you are both dressy or both casual. If one of you plans on wearing dressy shoes like heels, make sure the other is also wearing dressy shoes, not just sneakers. If one of you wants to wear ripped jeans, make sure the other isn’t wearing dress pants. Match your partner's level of dressy or casual-ness. At the end of the day, you can always change outfits to get a little bit of both!

Accessories. Adding jewelry and other accessories can add a lot to your look and your photos. Consider wearing belts, watches, earrings and necklaces to make your outfit and photos a little more interesting. Keep in mind the color of the jewelry you are wearing though. If one person plans on wearing all gold jewelry, consider following suit. A mix of jewelry colors can be distracting.

Nails and Makeup. Dark makeup typically does not photograph well, so try to avoid it. Consider making your nails look presentable, both ladies and men. Chipped up nail polish, jagged nails, and dirt under the fingernails can throw off the appearance of your photographs. If you want that perfect photo of your engagement ring or your partner holding your cheek while giving you a kiss, clean up your nails before heading to your session!

I hope this guide helped you plan for your session with your partner!


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