What To Wear For Senior Pictures | 5 Tips

March 03, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

What Should I Wear for Senior Pictures?

This is one of the most common questions we receive! If you’re wondering how to plan what to wear for senior pictures, you’re not alone. For our clients, the goal is always to have a fun and stress-free photo experience. In order to do this, and to get the most out of your time in front of the camera—preparation is key!

1. DETERMINE YOUR SESSION STYLE

The standard session style is classic and includes items like a cap and gown, confetti, and maybe your college sweatshirt or sports uniform. Another style option is editorial, which focuses on magazine-style items like flower bouquets, picnic blankets and baskets, sports equipment, or other items. Hint! Hint!  You can do both.

Please note that props are not a “must” by any means. Some of our clients love them and go all out. Some pick one or two items to bring. Others stick with just their outfits, and that’s great, too! The most important thing to bring is you!  The session is about you and your personality!  We will help bring that out.

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2. Two Dresses

The first piece to add to your shoot wardrobe is a dress or two. Try picking one dress to wear on its own, and then one dress to wear under your cap and gown outfit (if you choose). The dress you wear with your gown should be shorter in length than the gown itself. Remember: there’s no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your portrait session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun!   You don't have to go buy an expensive dress either.  You can just got to Goodwill or rent a dress.  You can even use this as an excuse to go shopping!

Girls

I recommend choosing long, flowing dresses or skirts because they’re flattering on all body types, look amazing on camera and bring extra movement and dimension to your photos. Floor length skirts and dresses will give us the best “twirl factor,” add more romance to your walking/running photos and look especially gorgeous with nature.

 

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Guys

Button-up shirts and dress pants tend to look most impressive on camera because they really suit the male body.  I recommend bringing at least one long sleeve button-up shirt—either blue, black or white (solid colors). This is a classic look that never goes out of style. Whether or not you actually want to go full out in a suit is totally up to you, but I do recommend at least one "formal" outfit.

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3.  Be You!

In addition to a fancier look, you’ll want to include something more “your style'“, like your favorite denim with a blouse or cool graphic tee. This is also a category where we see a lot of jumpsuits, rompers and two piece sets.
 

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4.  Weather

If it’s colder outside, I suggest bringing a warm coat (the longer, the better!) to wear when we’re not shooting. In front of the camera, cute cold-weather accessories include beanies, scarves, boots and of course - cozy jackets and sweaters!

5. FOLLOW THE 3 T’S

When it comes to what to wear for senior pictures, let your guiding light be what I call the 3 T’s: include clothes that are trendy, timeless and true to you.

TRENDY

For one of your outfits, choose something trendy, such as a 2-piece pantsuit with a cropped top, a romper, or fun accessories like ankle socks and scrunchies. Even bringing along a pop of color like heart-shaped sunglasses can be fun. This is your chance to take risks and be bold with your outfit expression.

TIMELESS

This is the outfit where you would want to include neutral colors, like black, white, and shades of gray. If it’s warmer out, you can opt for a little black dress (ladies) or a black t-shirt (guys). If it’s cooler, I recommend pulling in pieces like scarves, hats, coats and suits. This “T” is more about color scheme and pattern of the fabric, which, in order to remain timeless must be made to accentuate you, not to stand out on its own.

TRUE TO YOU

Lastly, be sure to include an outfit that is unique to your style, hobbies, or personality. This can include school uniforms, sports uniforms, and or an item that represents where you're headed next. It’s so important to use the opportunity of being in front of a camera to capture not only your look, but your personality. This is another chance to take risks, but this time it’s more so to showcase your lifestyle, not just your personal style.

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