What Should I Wear? That is the big question when planning your Senior Portrait Session. Not to worry! Here is your Go to Guide for Senior Portraits.
We always recommend that our Senior Portrait clients bring several different outfits for their Senior Portraits. We like to make sure you have a wide variety of choices for both your yearbook photo and anything you would like to print.
I personally like simple clothing in portraits because it does not distract from the face and does not become dated too quickly. My goal as a portrait photographer has always been to create art that people want to keep on display in their homes forever. We have all seen portraits in peoples’ homes where you look at them and think, “What on earth were they thinking when they chose that outfit?” So with that in mind, here are some of my suggestions for your Senior Portrait Session:
A casual, solid color top with jeans is great because you are focused on this lovely young lady’s face, not her clothes. Her eyes and smile are dazzling.
Teal is Ainsley’s color–it picks up the color of her eyes! Again, the classic simplicity of this outfit makes for a great portrait.
Don’t forget to iron your clothes! Wrinkles can ruin your look!
Love this portrait of Ben from last year. Simple button down shirt and that guitar!
Corduroy jacket with white T shirt and Khakis with the perfect necklace.
Fabric texture can add visual interest without being too distracting.
Late day in a downtown location can be really interesting for Senior Portraits. The vertical lines and the colors here were perfect.
This location had a lot going on, so we kept the clothing relatively simple with just a pop of color.
Go easy on the graphics:
I love this shirt because while it has the flag as an element, it does not dominate the photo. Great choice!
Great choice for a graphic shirt. The pattern is interesting but not overwhelming and the pocket placement is perfect. And the pants and shoes were on point!
This print works because it is small and black and white. We chose a simple black backdrop so as not to compete with everything else going on here.
Watch necklines and the overall cut and fit of your clothing. Again, you want to draw attention to your face, not the clothing. We also move a lot, so you don’t want anything too tight.
Love the neckline on this shirt!
The neckline on this is fabulous as well. Love the blue against the green background.
There is a lot going on with this screen in the background, so the clothing really needed to be a little subdued.
I really loved the way the fur on this parka framed Gianna’s face.
I love photographing bold colors, especially outdoors.
Don’t be afraid of color! Bella brought this shirt, which I love!
A jean jacket is a wonderful accessory to include because it will look great with almost anything.
Bring something that reflects your interests in athletics or dance:
Frank brought his football uniform and we had some fun with it. He looks pretty fierce, doesn’t he?
Do you love your Prom dress? Bring it!
Why not do a portrait in formal attire in a beautiful setting like Yaddo?
Or we can do something equally beautiful in the studio.
We can even do something over the top.
Some accessories are fun, but let’s not go too crazy.
Hats and sunglasses–yes, please.
These sunglasses are actually a vintage pair that I own.
A quick note: I have been asked if I have a “style closet.” While I do have a few items here, I really prefer to photograph my clients with their own clothing and accessories. What I do have here is meant to compliment or maybe add a finishing touch to what you bring to your Senior Portrait Session. I don’t feel that having your portraits taken with other people’s fashion choices really expresses your individuality, do you?