Senior Portraits: What to wear??

Since this is the season of senior portraits, I decided to put together a little list of what to wear and what not to wear when you meet with your photographer.

Many people question what they should wear during photo shoots. I'm positive that different photographers will tell you different things based on their personal style and preference, or based on the location in which you will be photographed, but that are some ground rules.

1) Stay true to your style! This is most important! No matter what, you don't want to wear something that you wouldn't normally wear. You want your photographs to reflect yourself, so why would you choose clothing that you wouldn't normally wear?

2) When shooting outside and on location, be wary of patterns. This does not mean that you should not wear any patterns at all, but some patterns are overwhelming- especially when the location will already have natural patterns.

3) For women and girls- Your makeup should be applied how you normally wear it. Some people like their makeup a little bit darker and more noticable for photographs, but try not to cake it on simply because you are getting photographed.

4) Your colors should be complimentary to your location but not blend in. This is simple enough. If you are going to be photographed in a park or forest with lots of green, you should not wear green. Your skin will stand out, but your clothing will blend in. I'm sure you can understand how this could cause problems.

5) Another note on color: Bring some variety! This is especially important if you have the opportunity to have wardrobe changes!

6) Think about where you will have the opportunity to change clothing- and be prepared! If we are outside, there most likely won't be a fancy dressing room, or even a bathroom. Dress comfortably and plan your outfit changes based on how easy it will be to change.

7) Be conscious of how tight your sleeves are. Actually, be aware of any small details- do you have your stomach showing? How much cleavage is visible? What kind of shoes are you wearing?

8) Accessories are your friend. Little details like a scarf or a necklace can add a little bit of flair to a shoot as long as it compliments your outfit.


I hope that these tips are helpful in your quest to decide to wear.

More important than any of this is have fun! You should feel at ease with your photographer and be comfortable in your clothing and in front of the camera. If you aren't naturally comfortable in front of the camera, your photographer should be able to help you loosen up and by the end of the session you should be a natural!