HOW TO PREPARE
• Do Laundry. Remove lint and press if needed. Tighten all bra straps for some extra lift.
• Polish Your Jewels. Wedding rings and other jewelry should sparkle.
• Try It All On. Finalize your wardrobe and be sure everything is prepped and ready.
• Get Organized. Top + Bottom + Bra + Spanx + Necklace + Etc.
READY... SET... SHOP! Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, White House | Black Market, Express, Asos, Victoria's Secret, Rent the Runway, IMAGE, Wish.Com are just a few great examples of where you can find amazing outfits!
WHAT TO WEAR
How do you dream of being photographed? Remember, this is your chance to be a model for a day. A Princess. A Siren. A Goddess.
Bring 3 or so outfits. You'll get to wear 2 for your shoot. With the chance to wear several different outfits, you can aim for a variety of styles. Try to bring outfits that are unique in color and/or mood. While this guide showcases dresses only, feel free to bring your favorite jeans, a lovely blouse, and even lingerie.
SOMETHING LIGHT AND ETHEREAL. Bring something in a light shade of blush, nude, cream, or white.
SOMETHING DARK AND SMOLDERING. Black, Navy, or Charcoal will all work well.
SOMETHING SEXY. You can be an "understated sexy" in a backless formal gown, or a more "overt sexy" in beautiful lingerie.
SOMETHING EPIC. This photoshoot is the perfect opportunity to dress like a princess or movie star, and a great excuse to go shopping. You might even rent, borrow, or custom make your dream outfit. For me, this would be a red-carpet gown. For you, it might be a little black dress. Whatever you choose to bring should be your fantasy ensemble.
See several examples of different color and style combinations to mix-and-match for maximum variety. Think about bringing on style from each column, as well as one color type from each row:
KEEP IN MIND
FIT YOUR FORM. Fitted clothing that shows your shape works best for photographs. This applied to any body type. Outfits should hug your curves, especially along your top half. (Loose, flowing skirts are fabulous as long as your bodice or top is snug.) Skip that billowy, blouson top, or anything with dolman or batwing sleeves. While they may be flattering in person, they will not be slimming in-camera.
THINK TEXTURE. Sumptuous textures like lace, chiffon, bead-work, or embroidery lend a rich, tactile element to your photos. Avoid high-contrast patterns or prints, which are distracting. Logos or graphics are definite "don'ts."
CONSIDER NECKLINES. Mixing up necklines will add variety to your shots, so try not to bring all of one style. I love to see your collar bone and shoulders, so off-the-shoulder and sweetheart necklines are my favorites. Whatever you choose, try to make it more interesting than the basic crew neck.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Certain necklines can evoke different moods. An off-the-shoulder top tends to appear vulnerable while a square neck or high neck donates power.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
FLATTER YOUR ARMS. Varying sleeve lengths is another great way to add extra diversity to your looks. If arms are a trouble-zone for you, pass on cap sleeves, which are hard to pull off since they emphasize the widest part of the arm. Choose instead a 3/4 sleeve or longer.
To show a little shoulder without baring arms, try an off-the-shoulder top. You could even add a scarf or cardigan to a strapless or sleeveless dress, which can be draped over the arms - showing just a hint of skin.
SKIP BULKY JACKETS. Unless your blazer is very fitted (and doesn't have shoulder pads), you'll want to opt instead for a snug cardigan, which may be a better choice if you're interested in a business-friendly photograph.
BRING NECESSARY UNDERPINNINGS. Consider the underwear you'll need for each outfit. Certain looks call for a strapless bra or nude thong. Black bras look best under dark clothing, and nude bras are always better than white. Shapewear is awesome for concealing any wobbly bits.
ACCESSORIZE. Bring jewelry, hair accessories, and scarves or wraps to complete each outfit. Choose timeless over trendy. Forget shoes, as your feet won't be showing.
To me, clothing is a form of self-expression. There are hints about who you are in what you wear. - Marc Jacobs
That's it! You're ready for your session. Relax in the hours before your session... it's completely normal to be nervous, but I promise it's going to be fun! Reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns! XOXO, Ashlee