One of the most common questions I get asked during the planning stages with my clients is, “What should I wear?”
I am more than happy to discuss your clothing choices, help you narrow down your decision, or give you a direction to focus on as well as make sure that your clothing coordinates well with the locations chosen for your photoshoot!
Here are some tips on how to prepare:
Choose Your Style
Your outfits should reflect your personality, including casual and dressy.
Use Muted Colors
Muted tones look beautiful in a senior picture. When picking patterns, choose smaller ones that won’t pull attention away from the main subject. When thinking about texture, choose different ones that will give photos some interest such as lace, corduroy, denim, and knits.
One of my favorite “tips” for clothing choices! In the Summer months, this may be more difficult to pull off but during all of the other seasons, definitely layer your outfits. Not only will it provide more visual interest in each photo but it will also allow a lot more variety in your shots and poses. Have a ton of images of yourself in just your dress or cute top and jeans? Throw on a sweater or jacket and a hat and you have an entirely different look.
Fit Your Style to Your Location
Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. If your session is happening in a city setting, dress up a bit with a pair of cute heels and a fancier dress for girls, or a suit and dress shoes for guys; things that you wouldn’t normally wear but would match the bustling vibe of the city. If you’ve selected a more natural environment, choose something a bit more casual, such as a maxi or flowy dress and opt for casual footwear like flat sandals.
I suggest avoiding green colored clothing if you are taking pictures in a nature/greenery landscape; my favorite color for this is light tan, white, or pink!
For some fashionistas, this may be a difficult concept, however you are going to want these images to stand the test of time. Make sure at least one of your outfits isn’t considered too trendy, but will be able to be enjoyed and displayed for many years to come.
Make sure you have given yourself enough time to think about all of the details of your session. Plan ahead so that #1 you can truly think about your photos and everything you want out of the session, #2 you aren’t rushing and stressing out right before your session, and #3 if you have decided to go for a new look for your session or someone gets a bad haircut, you still have time to fix things if you need to.
Accessories give your photographs that needed punch! They lend pops of color, personality, and interest. Consider bringing hats, jewelry,special jackets, props, etc.
Just Be You!
Your senior portraits should reflect your style and personality. Wear things that make you feel comfortable and confident. Include things that you love – your art, athletic equipment, musical instruments, etc.
To help, I have created pinterest boards for more outfit inspiration!
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