One of the top requests I get from readers like you is how to style a couples shoot. Of course you want your boo’s looks to complement yours and take some cute pics for keeps!
Let’s start with the basics – location. Think about where you will be going and where you plan to take photos. Are you going for a more natural/rustic feel in the nature? Sticking to soft, neutral colors may be a great option! Are you going to be shooting in a city with #urbanvibes? Then brighter colors and a more “dressed up” approach may work better! I highly recommend searching your location on Instagram and Pinterest to see what others have done to get some inspiration!
After you’ve decided on the location, let’s talk styling. My biggest tip for coordinating style is that you and your S/O should look like you’re going to the some place in the same era. If you’re wearing a nice dress, get your guy to wear a long-sleeve shirt or pants that is slightly on the dressier side. If you’re going for a rugged look with a white-T and denims, make sure he gets the memo with a denim/pleather jacket. If you’re dressed in a 1950s pin-up inspired polka-dot dress, perhaps your S/O can also match with suspenders, a vest or a vintage hat!
It’s important to look cohesive without being too “matchy”. An example is shown here where I wear a dark navy dress and Will’s dark blue denim complements the overall color palette. If he were to wear green or red, the looks would clash. The key here is to look like you’re on the same #moodboard without looking like your outfits are both cut from the same fabric – literally.
Don’t over do it with the patterns. Solid colors are the most flattering for photos. I prefer form-fitting clothes as opposed to lose, hanging-off-your-body type of baggy attire. You don’t want to look frumpy in photos.
My last tip is to bring at least 2 sets of outfit change each. Although my shoots typically include lots of planning, you never know what may catch your eye! Have fun with the shoot!