What to Wear to Senior Portrait Sessions
A big part of having a successful senior portrait session is being prepared and bringing the right clothes. Here are some suggestions for what to bring to your portrait session!
Things to Bring
What You Would Usually Wear Everyday
Most importantly you should look like you! Bring some items you wear everyday because you’ll look the most natural.
Also bring some lighter clothing for brighter, high key images.
Conversely bring some darker clothing for darker low key images.
Casual everyday clothing is great for sessions in parks like Dow Gardens or in rural areas like near my home.
Mom’s always want a photo of their son or daughter dressed up so also bring some formal clothing as well.
Something Really Loud
For environmental shots wearing something really loud is ideal! This makes you stand out amongst the surroundings.
Casual and Dress Shoes
If you want full body images wearing the appropriate shoe looks much better than wearing sneakers with dress clothes.
Something Appropriate for the Location
Where something fitting for where we’ll be shooting. Casual is great for in the country and parks. Formal is good in parks or in urban settings.
School Spirit, Athletic Wear, or Something Related to Your Interests
This is a time when you can get away with wearing big text. Show some school spirit or something related to your interests. Feel free to bring items which could be used as props as well. These could be from hobbies, sports, or other interests.
Something You Don’t Mind Getting Dirty
Some poses look great on the ground or in water. Bring some casual clothing you don’t mind getting dirty so we can add even more variety to your session!
Dress Appropriately for the Weather
I’m a polar bear and would be confortable wearing short sleeve casual shirts into December, but I won’t recommend this. Bring some warmer clothing for if the shoot goes into sunset or the evening hours especially during fall and winter sessions.
Bring Items that are Easy to Layer so Changing Outfits is Easier
It is not always convenient to change depending on where the session is. Bringing clothing that can be layered makes this a lot easier!
Things to Avoid
This isn’t a fashion shoot so the main point is bringing clothing, which makes you look good, and draws attention to you and not your cloth. Here are few things to avoid wearing.
Clothing Which Doesn’t Fit
Most importantly wear clothing that fits. To tight or to big will look unflattering.
Sweat Pants, Sweat Shirts, Loungewear
These are unflattering; leave your pajamas at home.
If you wear a plaid shirt almost everyday feel free to bring it, but also bring some solids as well. Strong patterns and plaids can be distracting and draw attention to you and not your shirt. Subtle patterns like small checks, herringbone patterns, and gingham shirts are all acceptable. Don’t bring all shirts with strong patterns.
Big Distracting Text or Logos
Again if you wear shirts with big Holister or American Eagle logos everyday feel free to bring it, but also bring some solids. Just like with strong patters texts distracts from you and bring attention to your shirt. Subtle logos like the Polo or Lacoste logos are fine. Don’t bring all shirts with big logos.
For the most part you ideally want your clothing to be clean with the exception of if we’re doing and country or athletic shoot which you’d intentionally look dirty.
Don’t Only Bring One Outfit
Bring a variety! I’m sure we can find ways to use a lot of your outfits. Hopefully this will help you with planning your wardrobe from you senior portrait session!
Graduate from the Hallmark Institute of Photography and Highest Academic Honor recipient.
Published in several magazines including Shutterbug, Digital Photo, Outdoor Photographer, and PDNedu.
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