What should I wear for senior pictures? As a senior photographer that’a question I hear often. It’s an important part of every shoot! During a pre-session consultation we talk about this , and many other things. If I’m lucky, I even get a pre-view of the outfit options the senior is considering. As I’m putting together my senior model team, I thought I’d give you all some wardrobe tips.
First wear clothes you love and feel good about yourself in! You’ll always feel more confident in clothes you are comfortable in. It’ hard to feel confident if your clothes are just a little too small, and feeling tight. It’s also hard to focus if you’re clothes are too big and your struggling to keep them in their proper place.
Try your outfits on a week or two before the shoot,
Consider choosing clothes that bring out the best of your complexion. That shirt you always look pale in, leave it in the closet this time, instead choose the shirt that brings out the natural color in your face. Wearing at least one shirt that really brings out the color of your eyes is great for close up shots. Blue shirts almost always bring out the blue in blue eyes, as does green for green eyes.
I always suggest one dressy outfit, even if you aren’t a big fan of dressing up. We’ll start with the dressy and quickly get it out of the way. Ladies if you’re wearing a skirt or dress that falls above the knee I highly recommend wearing something sleek underneath. Cheer briefs, sliders, anything to keep you a little more covered and make moving around during the shoot easier. The new dresses that have shorts built in with a longer skirt are a perfect option, and the look STUNNING! Grandma will love it that you thought of her & made sure to get a classic dressy image!
Choosing clothes with layers or easy accessories is a great way to change your look in a matter of moments. This allows you to have more variety in the look of your final gallery without spending a lot of time changing during your session. Scarves, jackets, vests and necklaces are great options to change up the look of your outfit quickly and easily.
This is a great time to think about including your letter jacket. If you have one, you worked hard for it, (and someone paid quite a bit for it) so commemorate your hard work in at least a few shots. This could almost be a whole topic by itself. If your jacket is dark in color, bring a lint brush, because they seem to pick up EVERYTHING! Make sure all those patches to show are your hard work and accomplishments, are sewn on well before picture day. Everyone puts them in a drawer, you are not alone! So get them out now and make a plan to get them sewn on.
As you’re thinking of layers….
Think of your look from head-to-toe, including your shoes. While feet aren’t in all pictures, a well chosen pair of shoes makes your outfit look complete and polished. Hats are also a great accessories to include. They are fun and add can add flair to any outfit. Your favorite piece of jewelry–the one you always wear–be sure to wear it with at least one outfit, it’s part of who you are at this point in your life.
And if you want to do the fun confetti shot, large dime size-ish confetti works best. I always love this shot!
Lastly, bring your mom, dad or a friend a long. They are an extra set of eyes to catch that one hair sticking up. They’re always willing to go get anything left in the car. They are great at being goofy and eliciting real, genuine smiles.
It’s time to celebrate you!!!!
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