What to Wear for your Couples Photoshoot in Scotland
Updated: May 29, 2022
Whether you are simply thinking about booking a couple photoshoot session in the Scottish countryside, or have already booked - we’re here to help you at every step. That includes finding the perfect outfit that will feature in these precious memories that you will cherish for years to come!
Your outfit is an important part of the final image, and there are a few things to consider to make your images even more incredible.
Our Top Tips
I. Lighter rather than darker
We always recommend choosing lighter outfits rather than dark, and - this is tricky for some - no black if possible. The reason is simple, we want you to stand out!
Scottish landscapes can be quite dark, especially with our editing style, so a darker outfit will disguise you a little too much. Light and earthy tones are ideal. Keep reading to find out more about colours!
II. Complement Each Other, But Don't Match
It is important to find some harmony between your outfits. But you should avoid wearing exactly the same colours or the same patterns. Here’ a couple of ways you can complement each other:
Whether you decide to go for a more formal outfit or a relaxed one, wearing something that comes from the same genre is a great way to complement each other.
Find colours that work well together! We’ve put together some palettes of colours for each season below that will work with your Scottish countryside landscape. Feel free to take inspiration from it to build your outfits.
III. Dress Comfortably
Most people aren’t the most comfortable when it comes to being in front of the camera. Our dynamic of being a real married couple helps to make the whole experience much more relaxed and enjoyable. But wearing something you’re comfortable in will make a real difference. the session even more enjoyable.
What’s more, wear something that makes you feel a million dollars! And the session will be even more enjoyable. After all, you’re capturing a great adventure to remember forever - let’s seize the opportunity to feel incredible!
Maybe ask yourself is this flattering? Is this seasonal? We give you more insight into what each season can be like in Scotland so you know what to expect. Simply read on to your season in the next section..
IV. Incorporate at Least One Accessory
Having a wee accessory can go a long way in making the images even more interesting. A colourful scarf, a nice necklace, rings, earrings etc these will add layers of interests to your photos. Plus some of those can be taken off as well to give you more possibilities.
V. Opt for Classic Rather Than Trendy Looks
Fashion can be great, but it does come and go. These photographs will stay for years, decades to come. You want to be able to look back at them without regrets! Classic pieces are always a good idea. We include some pieces for each season below, but an example could be to avoid ripped jeans or flashy trainers.
VI. No branding
Following on from the trend point above, we strongly recommend choosing pieces that don’t show a big logo or branding. It can draw attention away from your faces (in every single image!) and will also look out of place in the ancient Scottish landscape.
VII. Be yourself
At the end of the day those images are for you and of you. A time capsule to remember who you both were during your Scottish trip. We would recommend to stick to a style you’re comfortable in rather than trying to dress up if you’re not used to. It could make you uncomfortable and might spoil the experience for you. You want to look your best, but also look like yourself.
What to wear for the Season
SPRING / SUMMER
Pastels • White • Light Blue • Light Green • Pale yellow (not for everyone skin tone!) • Turquoise • Coral • Light Orange • Olive
For the Ladies:
Long dress • Floaty skirt • Light jeans • Thin knitwear/Cardigan • Colourful trousers
For the Gentlemen:
Camel chino • Light trousers • White shirt • Light blue shirt • Linen jacket • Light Knitwear
AUTUMN / WINTER
Orange • Red • Rust • Mustard • Forest green • Warm grey • Cream
For the Ladies:
Long dress + Knitwear • Floaty skirt + Knitwear • Dark jeans • Long coat
For the Gentlemen:
White shirt • Knitwear • Tweed jacket • Dark jeans • Long coat • Waxed cotton jacket
Going extra Scottish
If you’re traveling thousands of miles to the beautiful Scotland, why not include some Tartan, some Tweed or even a kilt?
You need to exercise some caution though, as the line between a classy Scottish outfit and a costume can be very thin. If you are going for a Tartan choose colours that will complement your outfit, the location and the season. If you’re going for a kilt (we strongly support it!) maybe style it with a chunky jumper to balance the look.
We offer kilt hires and a selection of Tartan shawls from our trusted local artisans that can be included with your booking as an add-on. They are also included in our “Scottish Photoshoot Adventure” Package. If you’re not already in talks with us, simply fill out our contact form to receive our full price brochure.
If you are after an artisan made Tartan skirt we recommend Atelier Escapade. Mathilde is an extremely talented kiltmaker and seamstress based in Edinburgh. You will need to order in advance as these are (beautifully) made to measure and a great piece to bring home from your trip.
As for Tweed, you can’t go wrong with this amazing fabric! The textures are incredible and it will give a hint of Scotland’s heritage to your photoshoot, whilst remaining quite subtle.
We recommend the Scottish brand Walker Skater for modern and authentic Tweed pieces for ladies and gents. They have two shops in Victoria street in Edinburgh that we strongly recommend you to visit!
This guide is here to help you, and we believe that the pointers we give will help make your photos even more beautiful. But, at the end of the day we are here to serve you! And we do not expect you to follow our advice to the letter.
We’re always happy to go the extra mile to make your experience, and your photos, the absolute best. So don't be shy! We’re always excited to receive your outfit ideas and share feedback, if you wish.