Getting dressed for your portrait session can seem like a nightmare. Especially at the Mak Rabbitt house. Sara has 7 million pairs of shoes and simply can't narrow it down to ONE PAIR!!  Let us help you calm your nerves and guide you through putting together the right wardrobe for your session.

 

1 - Do You!

The most important thing to remember is to dress how you would at any other time. If you lounge in your underwear all day like me, this might not be the best option, but do what makes you....YOU! If you are a jeans and a T-Shirt guy like Collin and Tommy here....ROCK IT! If you have a flare for more formal attire, bring it on! Just make sure you do not portray yourself as someone who is not genuinely you; it will show in your photos and your close friends will know it!

Casual Jeans and T-Shirt Engagement Session in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Casual Jeans and T-Shirt Engagement Session in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

2 - Hook Each Other Up!

You should plan to coordinate, not match, but coordinate. Use colors or patterns in the same family, if one wears jeans....we all wear jeans, try not to clash....think color harmony.  Here is a super sweet tool to help you choose complementing colors for your photo session.

http://paletton.com/#uid=22L0u0klYmlbPwFhjqYqxhJvQce

Jennifer and Bryant chose to compliment each other with coordinating colors for their Cleveland, Ohio engagement.

Jennifer and Bryant chose to compliment each other with coordinating colors for their Cleveland, Ohio engagement.

3 - Add a Splash of Color!

Most people like ME, like to hide behind the black curtain....black is slimming and I am cuddly, so I wear black a lot!  Add some color to your portrait session to brighten it up, highlight your eyes or your partner's eyes. Coordinate with your surroundings, if possible to bring out the mood of the session (and season).

Ashley added some color to her and Mike's Valentine's Day photo session with her pretty pink dress and those AMAZING Shoes!!

Ashley added some color to her and Mike's Valentine's Day photo session with her pretty pink dress and those AMAZING Shoes!!

4 - Comfy Cozy?

This is probably the most important one....BE COMFORTABLE!!! If you are not comfortable, you are not happy, if you are not happy your photos suck, if your photos suck, we are not happy....you get it.  Choose clothing that fits properly and is easy to get around in. Don't forget, Tony was a Marine and there is a high possibility that he will take you on a 25 mile hike on top of a mountain to get a killer shot! Shoes should be sensible (Sara needs to listen up here....ask her about Vegas sometime). Make sure you can walk comfortably in them and that they are not a danger to you or the environment we are shooting in.

The Hanses Family choose casual comfortable coordinating outfits for their outdoor fall family photo session.

The Hanses Family choose casual comfortable coordinating outfits for their outdoor fall family photo session.

5 - Don't Up-Stage your Partner!

I am grateful that I married a beautiful woman inside and out, but there are times I feel like I am wearing a paper sack compared to her!! She is a total fashionista and i am pretty plain....Don't get it twisted though, I am from Jersey with Greek and Italian in me, so I can kick it up when needed!  Make sure you are not contrasting in style. You should both be casual or formal and not look like the odd couple.

6 - Use your location to your advantage!

Having photos taken in the city? Dress casually or, if it's a night shoot, then dress for a night out on the town. Having your photos taken at a park? Dress casual and go more outdoorsy/adventurous with your wardrobe.  Don't forget to use color as well. Compliment your surroundings and try not to clash with them.  Use the link in #2 to help you coordinate with your location or call/text us and we can hook you up with suggestions!

Allison and Blake went with the home team jerseys for their Ohio State Engagement Session.

Allison and Blake went with the home team jerseys for their Ohio State Engagement Session.

7 - Change it Up!

Most of our sessions are about 1 hour, so we have time for multiple wardrobes. Can't find the right thing to wear? Bring a few choices with you and let's switch it up after a few shots. Make sure that all the previous "rules" apply to your selection and add some variety to your session! 

Steven and Andy went with a casual FUN photo.....to

Steven and Andy went with a casual FUN photo.....to

A more traditional outfit and portrait

A more traditional outfit and portrait

8 - Listen to the 4 Seasons!

Especially "Can't Take my Eyes off of You" because that is what people will say once they see your photos! Make sure you dress for the season, no sweaters in the summer, spring dresses in the winter, etc!! Ohio is a funny state and we can have 4 seasons in one day here, so make sure you are prepared and have the goods to match the weather in which we are shooting. Your photos will look way cooler if you match the season vs trying to punk mother nature.

Miranda & Mitch chose an awesome winter theme with complimenting red and green colors for their engagement session.

Miranda & Mitch chose an awesome winter theme with complimenting red and green colors for their engagement session.

9 - Go Bold or go home!

You can totally work patterns into your session, although I find them to be somewhat distracting, if they are planned well, they can really kick up a photo. Just a warning: Do not cross contaminate patterns. Plaids and polka dots....NO! Stripes and Plaids....NO! If your fiance is wearing a pattern, you should wear a solid, coordinating color. Just remember, if you have trouble deciding, take a selfie and send it to us, we will give you our opinions. 

Nancy set off these portraits of her and Jerome for their Cleveland Engagement Session with a bold color and some sweet shoes!

Nancy set off these portraits of her and Jerome for their Cleveland Engagement Session with a bold color and some sweet shoes!

10 - Lay it on me now!

Sarah & Robert used the layers of their clothing to give them a few different looks to their Chagrin Falls Engagement Session.

Sarah & Robert used the layers of their clothing to give them a few different looks to their Chagrin Falls Engagement Session.

Layers upon layers of clothes! You CAN wear a jacket , scarf, hats, gloves, etc...Just make sure that it works for your selected location and season. Layers can even allow for multiple looks within the same shoot. 

Last but not least.......HAVE FUN!!