where stories are told
We've talked about what to expect in your documentary session with me here.
We've talked about authenticity in documentary photography here.
We've talked about the "why?" of documentary and storytelling photography here.
Now we are going to talk about what in the world to wear. I get this question all the time. It's okay. It's not as scary and as stressful as it sounds. I'm here to help!
In a true documentary session, I would never, ever tell you what to wear or even make any suggestions. I have clients that I have photographed in their pajamas (and no, they weren't new or fancy- regular old pajamas ya'll.) A lot of the time, babies are in diapers or onesies and kids have picked out their own spectacular outfits- you know the kind I'm talking about. Rain boots, tutus, with a favorite shirt that's 2 sizes too small. Or a superhero cape, underwear, and rainboots. It's always the rainboots, isn't it?
My only suggestion here is to just be yourself. Be comfortable. Wear whatever it is that you would normally wear. If you normally get dressed every morning right when you wake up and fix your face and hair- then that's you. And yes- there are people in the world like that! But if you lay around the house for a few hours in your pajamas and take your time on the weekends (my family falls into this category!), then that's okay too! Are you SEC obsessed and your teams colors run through your veins and on game day you wear jerseys and team colors? Do it. It's your life, your story. If we are going to the beach- wear your normal beach gear. If we are walking the dog or going to a coffee shop, visiting the farmer's market, or going fishing, just be yourself and wear what you normally would and be comfortable.
For my lifestyle clients who may want a little more direction and whose session isn't 100% documentary and unposed (but still incredibly laid back with a real emphasis put on authenticity and natural connections!) , I can offer a few suggestions.
As always, I'm here to help if you feel like you want to run your wardrobe by me before your shoot. I'm confident that you don't need to go out and buy anything, I feel like you probably have exactly what you need already in your closet! In the next few months, I will be assembling a simple client wardrobe for newborns, babies, and toddlers with timeless, classic, comfortable pieces that you are welcome to borrow for your session. I've posted a few items below, but if you are interested in seeing what I have available, just ask!
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Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.
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