Last Sunday evening, Sarah, Jon, and I met to do their engagement session. We had a great time and captured some great images. It wasn't as hot as it could have been, but we didn't start until a little after 7:00 p.m. But something that struck my mind as we wandered down the breakwater between the channel and the marina was that Sarah and I had discussed clothing and what to bring. With all the couples that I've worked with in the past, it seemed to be a good idea to share a few tips for your photo session. First off, comfortable clothing and footwear. Dresses are great and fine as long as they aren't so short that the wind picks them up too much. Also, being that a lot of photographers use ground posing, you want flow in a dress or skirt and not being bunched up around your waist. So my general rule is something that hangs just below your knees or longer. If the wind catches it, you get a nice flow in the fabric. Or, if that isn't what you want, clamp a few split shot fishing weights inside the hem to hold it down more against the wind. They're inexpensive, easy to put on and take off, and work very well.
Keep in mind where you are doing your session when thinking about footwear. If we were on the beach, something that you can slip on and off easily and don't mind getting wet is a great idea. If I do your session on a beach, expect me to be in shorts and hiking sandals to get into the surf.
For Benita's maternity session, this was an idea we wanted to play with. It was a comfortable fall morning in Galveston and we got there about fifteen minutes before sunrise. This was one of the last images we took. When a wave came in, both of us were about knee deep and one of my light stands was just within reach to my right. But we knew ahead of time that we were going to get wet at some point.
Now let's talk about coordinating outfits. Below are two images of two families, one a Christmas session and the other a summer beach session. Both have used blues, but not the same hue. While it is great to have everybody wear the same colors, it isn't your only option. While I don't post often on Pinterest, you can get some great ideas to coordinate your outfits. Here's one link that I found particularly helpful, but you can search and find something that suits your needs.
Last thing on your wardrobe is keep it simple. Solids and stripes almost always are best, rather than have a plethora of patterns. I'd say that's true whether for an individual, couples, or family sessions. It also doesn't hurt to have a second choice of wardrobes. Any of my high school senior clients are encouraged to pick many pieces and we can mix and match them. I also bring a changing room for location work, if we're not renting a studio out for their session.
I hope that you've found this a little helpful. If you want more information, please call or contact me through email or Facebook.