If you are anything like me, you understand that being prepared makes you feel more confident. I know that it can be a struggle to choose the right outfits for your senior portraits. But it doesn’t have to be a struggle! Part of my job as your photographer is to help you be prepared for your senior session so you can enjoy the full experience.
During the first meeting, we’ll work together to coordinate outfits with locations, that will bring your dream photoshoot to life. Today I will provide some tips that will help you get ready for the big day!
While choosing your outfits for your senior session is a personal choice, it can make a big difference during your photoshoot, because wearing something unflattering or that doesn’t look good in camera can ruin your experience.
Here are some tips on choosing what to wear for your senior photos:
Choose clothing you are comfortable in and that flatters your body. You will feel more like yourself and your confidence will shine in every portrait.
DRESS FOR THE SEASON
If you’re getting senior photos done in the fall, think of cozy sweaters and jackets. You want to be comfortable and not freezing because you are wearing a summer dress, so just plan accordingly. On that same token, it’ll look silly if you show up wearing snow boots in the middle of a flower field and green grass all around.
Expressing yourself through clothing is great. BE YOU, you don’t have to try every trend. Choose classic outfits that are timeless. Trust me. You’ll look back at your portraits 20 years from now and still love them.
BRING SEVERAL OUTFITS
I always recommend bringing 4-5 outfits and make sure that you have a variety of looks! Choose from different styles that best define you, like something casual, cozy, dressy, sporty, preppy or edgy, and plan your outfits accordingly. This way you’ll have different looks during your senior portrait session.
Choose colors that compliment your hair and skin tone. Adding a pop of color may bring out the color in your eyes and make you sparkle. As a general rule of thumb, stay away from bright neon, they tend to reflect on your skin and distract from your face! Solids are always in style. Just remember, a simple white tee and jeans are super classic and timeless.
Layering can bring your outfit to the next level and make your portraits look stunning. Depending on what time of the year you do your photos, layering can give you multiple looks without changing the whole outfit. Plus it adds so much dimension and helps with posing!
Don’t be afraid to pair different textures together. Think of lace, knits, leather, sequins and faux fur, they can add more depth to your portraits. Avoid high contrast patterns, prints, and logos. We want the attention to be on you and not someone’s logo.
When planning your outfits, don’t forget to include accessories! Hats, sunglasses, jewelry and shoes all can make an outfit. They also will make your portraits look like the real you.
PERSONALITY AND HOBBIES
Letterman jackets, sports uniforms, dance attire, musical instruments, books are all part of your senior year and make you who you are. Incorporating these items will help create unique portraits that bring out the real you.
I hope you find these tips are helpful! If you have questions or want more information about booking a senior portrait session, please feel free to contact me. I’m always happy to answer questions and help.