What to Wear

Okay, I probably sound like a crazy person but an outfit that looks good on the street or in the store window won’t always look great during a photo-shoot. Some outfits take away from the environment and emotion of the photographs.


Wear something that you’re comfortable in. You should be able to move around and become immersed in the moment. If you’re constantly worrying about pulling up your flimsy top, or keep hiking down your skirt, then you will look uncomfortable and it will show on your face. You should also dress for the weather.

If it’s -30° out wear a sweater, not a dainty dress. Layer up, stay warm and comfortable, bring blankets. Likewise for hot weather. Wear something that breathes. You don’t want to feel like a hot sweaty mess. Comfort is key!! Avoid shoes you can’t walk in. I often make my couples walk quite a ways to their location. Once we’re there I also have them run around and do activities.


Movement creates emotion and tells a story. I usually get my couples to move a lot when I’m photographing them. Outfits that flow in the wind and show movement create the most beautiful images.


You want to coordinate with your partner as well as the environment of the engagement session. Neutrals are strongly suggested. This being said, neutral doesn’t necessarily mean black, white, or grey. Muted tones of colors work great. For example, think mud green, mustard yellow, rust orange, or navy blue.

You want to avoid wearing neon and bright colours such as red, pink and neon orange, these colours tend to reflect on to your partners skin, and alter the tone of your skin.

Above All Else

You should always choose your outfit based on yourself and let your personalities shine.

Things to Avoid

  • Baseball caps/hats with a big brim: Large beaks on hat create a barrier between you and your partner that doesn’t allow for any intimacy in your portraits. You can’t kiss, put your faces close together etc. It also creates a large shadow over the top of your eyes. One exception that I approve of is the Indiana Jones style hats that are super popular right now. The brim is short enough for kissing and it can also be used as a prop for a portion of your session. 
  • Logos: The most distracting thing you can wear. Don’t do it. 
  • Do NOT wear the EXACT same outfit and/or colour as your partner, it doesn’t create enough contrast between the two bodies so you end up looking like a big blob. You also run the risk of looking like a coordinated 1990’s family photo shoot with the matching tops and bottoms.
  • Bright/Neon clothing: Takes away from the environment, all the attention is drawn to your clothing garment rather than your face. 
  • Bold patterns: Distracting, pull attention away from the emotion and faces, takes away from the environment.