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What to wear for senior pictures & graduation photos

May 18, 2020

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Some people come to their planning session with a vision in mind. They know where they want their session and their outfits are picked out down to the shoes and jewelry!

Others aren’t so sure and are looking for tips. I love to help with this. In fact, if you’ve scheduled your session with me, please call or text me with any questions or ideas you have! Send me pictures of your selections. If you want, I’ll come to your home and help you decide what to wear!

When it comes to wardrobe, first and foremost, be YOU! With that said, make it your BEST you! No need to dress “to the nines” if that’s not your style, but you want to feel both confident and comfortable. Taking a little extra care with your wardrobe, hair and makeup can help get you there!

I suggest selecting one outfit that’s a little dressier and a second that is more casual. If you want to add more than two looks, that’s great, an extended session allows time for up to 3 outifts. In the photos above and below you can see how these girls chose a dress or jumper for one outfit and jeans and casual wear for another.

Know your look, and be true to that. Emily wanted a darker look for her photos and chose black to help achieve it, while above her, her sister Molly chose a more colorful palette. Both look great and speak to who they are!

Consider your chosen location and whether that influences your clothing style or colors. If you’re shooting in a field of flowers, a light-colored flowing dress would look amazing. If you’re going urban you might want something more colorful or maybe go a little punk or hipster with it.

Check out my Pinterest boards below for outfit inspiration by style if you get stuck.

Another thing to consider are your career aspirations. Dressing for your dream job could be really cool.

Accessorize! Definitely accessorize your outfits. That might mean a jacket or wrap, a scarf, sunglasses, jewelry or a hat. These are all fun ways to show your personality and style and polish your overall look!

What’s your story? If there’s a hobby you enjoy or a sport you play, or a cause that’s near to your heart? Let’s introduce that into your photo session to capture that important part of who you are! As your third outfit option, consider your team jersey or band uniform, or a T-shirt proudly displaying the logo of your chosen college or university.

Preparation! This is really important! About a week before your photo session, you will want to try on all of your selected outfits. Know exactly what you’re taking including shoes and accessories. Try them all on and check them in daylight to make sure there aren’t unpleasant surprises. This gives yourself time to adjust your plan, wash a garment or make a repair without being totally stressed about it. I’ll call you the week before your session and this is something I’ll ask you about!

Make sure your can move freely and both sit and stand comfortably in each outfit. Find out now, if you need a slip or extra layer to avoid a see-thru situation. I don’t want you worrying about your clothing at your photo session. I want you relaxed and feeling fantastic.

Finally, do not assume I can fix clothing issues with photoshop. Unfortunately that is a time-consuming effort and therefore can get expensive.

Hair and Makeup! Alot of girls love getting pampered on the day of their session with an appointment at the salon. Having your hair and makeup and even your nails professionally done can make your day more special and give you an added boost of confidence before your shoot.

When it comes to hair and makeup, don’t go too far off the path of your typical style. If you rarely wear makeup, then stay with a natural look. Picture day is not a great time to go with a daring new haircut either! Just come as your best self, ready to have fun creating photos you’ll be proud to show off!

Want to talk about your own senior photo session? Give me a call, or schedule a time for me to call you! I’m happy to answer all your questions.

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