Choosing your clothing is the fun part about getting Senior Portraits done! When choosing clothing for your session you can be creative, stylish, and express your unique style in what you wear. Remember that your pictures can represent all seasons. Bring a range of clothing despite the actual weather. Do you want a variety of looks and background choices? Then, bring an assortment of spring, summer, winter, and fall pieces!
The number one rule of clothing is simple, wear what reflects your personality! Is being part of a sports team a big part of your life? Bring your uniform and sports gear. Do you have a necklace that you love and wear a lot? Bring it. We don't recommend buying a new outfit just for your Senior Portraits. We want you to feel absolutely comfortable with what you are wearing, so pick outfits that make you feel confident. It's simple, the more comfortable you are the better your pictures will turn out.
SOLIDS, PATTERNS, AND STYLES
Solid colors are important because they put the focus on YOU. Avoid large patterns, wide stripes, and logos. They tend to be "faddish", busy, and can draw attention away from you. We love texture in clothing because light falling over it can create interesting shadows and highlights. Lace is a great example of a texture we love! Avoid wearing solid white.
WHAT TO WEAR (AND WHAT NOT TO WEAR) FOR THE CLOSE-UP
For close-up poses, pay attention to the sleeve style and neckline of your shirt/blouse. Short sleeves or sleeveless shirts/blouses should be avoided. Long sleeves or three quarter sleeves work best. For necklines, a wide-open neckline tends to thicken the neck. On the other hand, a neckline that comes up to the base of the neck, like a collared shirt or a v-neck top will thin the neck and frame your face beautifully. If you have a slightly longer neck, choose a shirt with a higher neckline. If you have a shorter neck, choose a shirt with a v-neck. Don't spend a lot of time hunting for shoes for every outfit. We know many of your favorite shots will be concentrated on your beautiful face. Many other shots will be focused from the waist up. Shoes simply will not show in every shot.
Jeans are always a favorite and may be easily combined with a favorite shirt or blouse. They can add a casual flair to pictures, and they look best when form fitted and in a darker shade. Stay away from jeans that are excessively baggy, and guys watch the amount of sag.
GALS GET DRESSY WITH A DRESS!
Please bring a dress/dresses! Dresses are a great way to add a unique touch to your portraits. Wearing a formal dress in an informal setting can make for an interesting photo. Dresses that have a flowing bottom look great too, and they can be magical with movement.
Jewelry, hats, props, instruments, sports gear, pets....the sky is the limit! It's a great idea to include accessories in your Senior Portraits to make a statement about your personality. Personal props help visually define who you are. Some popular choices are: sports equipment, musical instruments, posters, pennants, teddy bears, hunting equipment, skateboards, uniforms, and collectibles. Look inside yourself to find your personal symbols; then look in your closet!
STILL NOT SURE? BRING EXTRA!
When in doubt, bring extra outfits and accessories to our studio!
On the day before your session, prepare and press your clothes. Arrange them by outfits and group them together on hangars. (Don't forget to pack the proper under garments too!) Try on the outfits. Be critical of the way they fit. Are you pleased with each "look?" If you don't like a certain "look" in the mirror, then you won't like that "look" in a photograph either. Pack your make-up, jewelry, props, and hair preparation products. We guarantee that a little preparation will make your session stress-free and fun-filled!
Be sure to pay attention to the little details that can make or break your outfit. Dust spots and wrinkles in clothing are a photographer's worst nightmare! The more polished your clothing looks, the better your pictures will turn out. So take some time ahead of your session to carefully look over your clothing and make sure it's camera ready!