Tips and Tricks

How to dress for the location

Figuring out how to dress for the location is super important. What I mean by this is, when you have a photoshoot scheduled and you have settled on the location, dress to coordinate with the location. 

Here’s how to start:

What’s the vibe?

The overall aesthetic of a location plays a key role in how you dress, and will make a big impact in how the pictures look. With garden and nature elements incorporated in your photo location, I usually encourage my clients to wear something flowy and relaxed to fit in nicely with the vibe of the setting. 

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Is it seasonal?

When you have photos taken throughout the year, consider the time of the year. If it’s spring, then you want to make sure you are playing into that when you dress for your photos. For example, if you have photos booked at a local greenhouse or garden, think about what you can wear that will compliment that seasonal look. 

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What’s the occasion?

Along with the location, the occasion comes into play as well. For engagement photos, wearing outfits that aren’t too casual, but also speaks to you and your partner’s personality will make all the difference. 

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What are you using these photos for?

Some people have photos taken for a holiday card, save the dates, wedding invitations, and more. Think about the purpose of the photos and what you will be using them for. If you are going to design a save the date card to be sent out to all your wedding guests, think about save the date cards you’ve looked at and the style of the card. It also helps to consider what your wedding colors are in this scenario.

Engagement photos with Brooke Grogan Photography in North Carolina.

When you are shopping for or picking out your outfits for your next photoshoot, make sure you don’t forget to dress for the location. The overall look and feel of your photos can be ruined if the outfits just don’t fit with the overall vibe and style of the location.

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If you’re still stumped and worried about what to wear, here are a few more helpful tips:

Make sure everything looks good together

This should not be overlooked. Think about how everyone’s outfits will look next to each other. Do the colors complement one another? Are there any distracting patterns or prints that will be distracting in your photos? Choosing complementary colors, textures, and styles is helpful when choosing what to wear for your photos. 

Choose comfortable clothing

You want everyone to feel comfortable in what they’re wearing. The clothes shouldn’t be itchy, too big, too small, or uncomfortable. You can feel someone’s mood in photos when they aren’t comfortable or they’re pulling on the clothes they’re wearing. 

Pick out clothing that is classic and timeless

When you look back on these photos, think about how you will look 10 or 20 years from now. Are the clothes going to look “out of style” or “dated”? You don’t want to look back on these photos and think, “what the heck was I wearing?”. 

North Carolina based photographer Brooke Grogan Photography.

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