Doing a photoshoot with the person you are sharing your life with is one of the most fun things you can do, and the last thing you want to do is worry about something like your clothes. You may be trying to come up with the perfect couple photoshoot outfit ideas and just aren’t sure where to start.
Well, that’s where I come in! After doing a ton of photoshoots, there are a few things I have picked up over the years that may help. Some may be a bit obvious (but still need to be said), but together, they should all help you narrow down your choices and find the perfect outfit for you and your partner.
So let’s dive right into it. Here are some of my top tips when it comes to couple photoshoot outfit ideas.
Okay, this is probably one of the most important tips when it comes to choosing an outfit. It is super important that you are totally comfortable in the clothes that you are wearing. And when I say comfortable, I mean a couple of things.
First, they should be comfortable texture-wise. You don’t want to wear something that is itchy or rough and that is going to have you moving around the whole time. If you have never worn a wool sweater before, this may not be the best time to try one.
Second, you should be comfortable with how they fit. We will touch on this a bit later, but you don’t want your clothes to be uncomfortably big, or too small. This is going to make it so that you are constantly adjusting your outfit or thinking about if everything is looking right.
Third, and finally, think about where and when your photoshoot is going to take place. If you are getting your pictures taken in the middle of the summer in Arizona outside, things like sweaters or 3-piece suits may not be the best idea. You are going to get overheated super quick, and it’s not going to be a great experience.
The same thing goes for if you are doing a session in December in the Northeast. Odds are it is going to be cold, so it may not be the time to break out your favorite strapless dress.
All of these things, while they may not seem like that big of a deal, will come through in the photos. So, think about things that you are comfortable wearing in your everyday life and build your outfits off of that.
The first thing to avoid when making your list of couple photoshoot outfit ideas is stiff clothing. This can mean one of two things.
When I say stiff clothing, I mean either clothes with material that is stiff and not easy to move around in or clothes that just haven’t been broken in yet. Both of these options can make you move a little less easily in your photos and make things feel more posed and robotic.
If you are buying a brand new outfit for the session, try wearing it a bit to loosen it up. This will also help you get a little more comfortable moving around in it and give you the chance to make any adjustments if there is anything bothering you.
The same thing goes for your shoes. While a new pair of clean, fresh shoes look great in photos, if you are getting blisters or can’t walk right in them during the shoot, it’s not worth it. You can even just break them in in your house, so you don’t risk getting them dirty or scuffing them up before the shoot!
Confidence is key when it comes to photoshoots. Whether it is your first time in front of a camera or your hundredth, you should feel good and be confident in yourself. A big part of this is going to be what you are wearing.
If you hate dresses, don’t wear a dress just because that’s what other people do. If you feel like James Bond in a suit and your confidence skyrockets, embrace that and put on your favorite suit.
When it comes to couple photoshoot outfit ideas, here is the big secret: it doesn’t matter what you wear. You are not there to show off your clothes; you are there to capture the love between you and your partner.
So forget what you think you should wear or the trends you see on Instagram and Pinterest r. Pick something that feels true to you that, when you look at yourself, you think, “Dang. I look good right now.” THAT is the outfit you should wear!
This is one that not many people may think of but can make a big difference when it comes to your shoot. If you can, I suggest opting for looser and slightly longer clothes.
The reason I would try to avoid super short or tight clothing is twofold. One, because you are most likely going to be adjusting your clothes throughout the whole shoot. I mean, think about the last time you wore a short dress or skirt. How many times did you tug it down to make sure it wasn’t riding up too high?
Two, because it will most likely make it harder to move comfortably. If you choose an outfit that is super tight, it may be harder for you to move around like you normally do in your day-to-day life.
The less you have to focus on your outfit during the actual session, the more time you will have to focus on the more important things (like having an amazing time with your partner)!
Let’s talk about colors. The colors you choose to wear for your shoot are just as important as the actual clothes you choose. My suggestion is to stick to a more neutral color palette.
This will ensure that your outfits don’t clash with your background and make it a little easier for you to coordinate outfits with your partner. You can keep it super simple and just wear jeans and solid colored t-shirts or find complementary colors that you and your partner can wear.
Stay away from matching with your partner and coordinate instead. For example, instead of feeling like you have to wear matching flannels or the same sweater, opt for different-colored outfits that complement each other but are of the same vibe or style.
Doing this will give you outfits that feel like they are cohesive and that flow together without being exactly the same. This also gives you a bit of room to play around with what you both are most comfortable wearing.
Finally, avoid clothes with big graphics, logos or anything with heavy prints and patterns. We want the focus of the pictures to be on you and your partner and how much love you share together, not the bright pink flamingos on your shirt.
I would suggest opting for things that are a little plainer that match your style but won’t distract or pull attention away from you and your partner.
Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t wear ANYTHING with a logo or pattern on it. Just think about if the clothes are going to be the first thing you notice or if you are going to be the main attention grabber. After all, we want people to say, “You two look so happy in this picture. And your outfits look great too,” not, “I love that shirt. Oh, and I guess you guys look happy too”.
You also want to think about the background of where you are going to be shooting. You don’t want to blend in with everything around you, so if you are planning on doing a shoot in a field of flowers, for instance, it may not be the best idea to wear a floral pattern.
When it comes to couple photoshoot outfit ideas, there are really endless options for you and your partner, but ultimately, you want to pick something that you are comfortable and confident in.
If you are still stuck picking between a few options, you can also reach out to your photographer for their option (especially if you are going somewhere that they have done multiple shoots). Now that you know how to build the perfect outfit, you are ready for the perfect shoot with your partner. Click here to get in touch and see how we can make that happen!