Basically, you want to have VARIETY in your senior portrait session. Pants, shorts, skirts and dresses are all outfits that you can wear that can give your different looks a lot of variety.
While keeping variety in your different looks, you can still maintain modern fashion trends while anchoring them with timeless foundations. Let’s use denim as an example… Denim is considered a timeless classic and you can dress it up with just about anything. You can modernize your denim skinnies by throwing on a cute top with a coral blazer (the modern fashion trend) paired with mint jewelry. Tada! Not so hard, right?!?
Avoid clothing with large prints, horizontal stripes, characters, logos, or writing… we are not doing a photo shoot for Hollister, Abercrombie, Pink, etc. Small prints (plaids, stripes, florals, polka dots, etc.) are great and solid colors are always a classic choice. Make sure your undergarments are neutral colored – dark colored underwear and light colored pants… not a good combination.
Keep in mind our photo sessions are done on-location… usually in semi-public places. Clothing changes will be done on the fly so wear appropriate undergarments (camis, leggings, t-shirts, etc.) to make it easier to change in the car, behind a tree, or in an alley.
If you plan on going shopping for new clothes for your senior portraits please wear your purchases at least once before your session. Make sure it fits, flatters, and that you’re comfortable. And of course, if you’re wondering if something will look good for your senior pictures you can always text or email us a pic and we'll be happy to provide our two cents. :)
We discourage tops or dresses with spaghetti straps for a few reasons:
- Unless you are seriously ripped, the upper arms rarely photograph well – they are just not a flattering part of the body on most people.
- When close-up shots are taken, depending on how your hair falls, you may look naked. Yikes!
- Many schools do not allow tank tops, spaghetti straps, or bare shoulders for the yearbook photo so taking your senior pictures with a sleeveless top will limit your yearbook choices.
Some schools require collared shirts and/or a tie. Make sure you know what your school allows and bring at least one outfit that meets these requirements!
Shoes & Accessories
Don’t forget about your feet! Please coordinate your footwear with your outfit (guys… no gym shoes with dress pants!) and pay attention to the color of your socks. Girls can go barefoot in a few shots for a more playful look.
Belts, earrings, scarves, necklaces, jackets, hats, sunglasses, etc... all great stuff that can quickly alter a look without completely changing clothes.
Hair & Makup
While a little color is nice, be sure not to overdo tanning for your senior portraits. Tan lines are not attractive in pictures and if you have them it’s best to avoid outfits that show them.
Fingernails - they show! If possible, get a manicure prior to your portrait session. Also...no writing on your hands or hairbands around your wrists please!
Your hair should reflect you and your own personal style. Senior portraits are not a time to try a new look. Any cut or color should be done at least a week prior to your session to ensure you look your best.
Here’s a little guide we found to show how many different outfits you can throw together while keeping your senior pictures different! Notice that the first column is your sophisticated look… you’ll want to use this look for your sorority application especially. Long pants (skinnies to trousers) paired with a cute top/blazer and either platform pumps or wedges. The next column is your casual look – but keep in mind that it’s still modern and chic. The third column is for you to grunge it up a little bit! This style can be a favorite and paired with a great urban location, can rock your senior pictures. The last column is your dresses and skirts.