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What To Wear For Senior Portraits
Clothing is a great way to express your personality and to add some really fun and creative touches to your senior session. When deciding what to wear for senior portraits, keep these tips in mind and you really can’t go wrong! One overall good rule of thumb is to make sure that whatever you are wearing, it does not take away from the main subject, YOU! So take a look at these top tips for what to wear for senior portraits. If you still need some help, check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration.
Showcase your personality.
This is the number one rule for choosing what to wear for senior portraits. You want to make sure that you are still YOU! Are you big into sports? Wear your uniform. Do you like to stand out and wear bold colors and patterns? Showcase that in your outfits. Senior portraits are all about showcasing you and your personality. When deciding what to wear for senior portraits, choose outfits that you wear a lot and that you feel comfortable in. We want you to choose the outfits that you choose when you want to feel confident in yourself because trust me, it shows in your photos!
Don’t forget the shoes!
Shoes are so important! Do you love to wear high heels or are you more a boots person? Choose your shoes to go with your outfits. It’s okay to bring a few pairs. We like choices! Try to avoid bringing shoes that are too scuffed or have seen better days — although this rule does not apply to cowboy boots and if you’re a runner, tennis shoes are fine to wear for an outfit too.
Don’t be afraid to get dressy!
Girls bring a dress! I love a simple dress for senior portraits. It’s classy and timeless and there is a style for every body type. Do you absolutely love your senior ball or junior prom dress? Bring it! We love all kinds of dresses so you really can’t go wrong.
Solids, patterns and styles.
Having a few solid colored tops are a must have for choosing what to wear for senior portraits. They draw all the focus to you and go well with essentially any background. Patterns are nice too just don’t go too overboard with them and avoid wide stripes, large patterns and large logos. Logos are NOT timeless and they can take away from your photo shoot. We love textures, lace is a great one! It creates dimension and depth to your photos. And lastly, don’t forget that layers can add that extra something to your outfit as well.
Coordinate with your environment.
For example, if you are shooting in a green field, maybe skip the green shirt for that location. If it’s fall, skip the pink because it will clash with the reds, yellows and oranges of the leaves. For urban type sessions, almost anything works and a nice general rule to keep in mind is: dark background, light clothing – light background, dark clothing. Basically YOU want to stand out.
A pair of dark washed jeans is a must have in your senior session. They go with anything and are so flattering. Make sure it is a dark wash and that they are not too baggy or sag.
Nothing too baggy
Speaking of baggy – wearing clothing that fits you is going to be a lot more flattering than clothing that is looser and doesn’t show off your form. Stay clear from poncho style shirts, tube tops, and excessively baggy clothing as it tends to make you look wider.
Accessories are also a great way to showcase your personality. They also add to your overall look. Hats, scarves, jewelry are all great ideas. Just don’t go overboard with having too many as then it draws the attention away from you!
Props are a MUST!
Props are a great way to make sure that your senior session is unique to who you are. Cars, horses, pets, uniforms, sports gear, hunting gear, guitars – the possibilities are literally endless! We love when our seniors bring items to their session that obviously mean a lot to them and really show off who they are as individuals.
It’s all in the details so make sure that your clothing does have any holes, runs or snags. Make sure that they are not wrinkled, have stains or dust spots! Before your session carefully look over your outfits and make sure that they are camera ready.
Still unsure? Bring extras!
We love to have choices during your session and depending on the location, you might be feeling a certain outfit more than another one. We recommend bringing 2-3 extra items of clothing. With our expertise, we can help you narrow it down the day of.