I love when my senior clients put effort into their outfit choices for their sessions!
Here are some helpful tips to help you decide on what to wear for your senior session!
(This is just a little snippet into what my exclusive senior style guide goes into!
Once you have booked your senior session with me, you get access to my extensive senior session style guide! It's 55 pages long! We talk about everything in there because I want my seniors to have everything they need to be prepared for their senior session with me!)
One of the best advice I can give you is to wear something that you are comfortable in! I know it sounds very basic, but it's super important! If you have a shirt, or dress, in your closet that you love, but know it is snug in a place that you don't want it to be, or feel like you have to stand a certain way and it would all be fine, then NO! You do NOT want to wear it! I recommend not wearing anything that is snug in the stomach area, the area most are typically a little self conscious about. If you are constantly wondering if your shirt, or dress, is sitting just right the whole session, it will show. You want to be able to enjoy your session, and not constantly be thinking about those types of scenarios in your head.
This is a common way to add some flare and dimension to an outfit! Got a cute sun dress? Add a jean jacket! How about an everyday t-shirt? Add an open button down shirt over it! This simple tactic is great for the fall and winter months. You can add a sweater over a flannel, or a vest and some fun statement earrings over a long sleeve shirt! The possibilities are endless!
Something that can really enhance an image is the color pallet ! Use your senior session to play with colors! Choose colors that really pop (NOT neon) and that can compliment your hair, eyes, and skin color! I have found that colors such as blue, pink, purple, and greens can really make an image have a wow factor. Don't get me wrong, I love neutrals too, I am a huge neutral color pallet person myself! So if you are that type too, sometimes whites can be so elegant and beautiful as well! It's all up to you, but don't be afraid to go for it!
Don't forget to accessorize!
Adding accessories like jewelry, hats, fun shoes, purses, etc. to your outfits really makes them feel like YOU and adds a whole new layer of detail to your senior gallery. I’m a huge fan of statement earrings, a bright lip color, a super fun shoe, colorful bags, floppy sun hats…ALL of these things give us so much more variety with posing plus creates such beautiful pictures!
Don't forget you can play with the texture of clothes as well! These always photograph so well! Clothing, or accessories, with feathers, fur, lace, or ruffles can bring a lot of fun to an image! I personally love long flowy dresses, this give us the element of movement that just photographs so beautifully!
I know, it sounds corny! But, if you are not the type to dress up, or be super girly, then don't feel like you have to for your senior session! I do not want anyone to feel pressured into portraying that they are someone they aren't. So if adding a bunch of frills and accessories like watches, hats, rings, earrings, or necklaces to your outfit feels foreign to you, then don't wear them! If you never wear makeup, then don't feel like you have to! We want to capture YOU! The you that you truly are in this season of life!
Mix it up!
When planning your outfits, make sure that you have a VARIETY of looks! I tell all of my seniors to choose from these categories: casual, cozy, dressy, school- related, sports-related, preppy or edgy. I always recommend choosing 3-4 of those categories and finding outfits accordingly. This provides a beautiful array of looks during your senior portrait session, so each outfit looks drastically different and you get tons of variety!