What to wear for senior pictures is a question we are asked with every senior portrait session we schedule. Parents have certain things they want, and seniors have a unique style that captures them. This post is full of information that you can choose to follow and incorporate however you seen best!
Remember that senior pictures are your chance to have a totally unique and personal portrait session. Let us know your interests, and bring the things that are you!
1) Know your yearbook requirements. Many schools have specific guidelines for what is acceptable in yearbook photos. This can range anywhere from not having props like sunglasses or hats in your photo, to not allowing with tank tops. Please bring at least one outfit that suits your school’s guidelines. Think: Can I wear this outfit to school? If not, make sure to have at least one outfit that you could wear to school.
These photographs are great for yearbooks. The shoulders are covered and nothing is distracting from the senior’s face.
These two are great senior pictures but not suitable for yearbook requirements. Wear your favorite shirt, but have a jacket to go with it if it is a strapless or tank top. Love your hat? We love it too! However when you arrive to your session, please come without the hat on. When we start a session with you wearing your hat, it can leave marks on your forehead that are hard to remove.
2) Cover all your bases. Complete each of your outfits by paying attention to every detail, especially the shoes! It all matters, from head to toe! For example: everyday tennis shoes with formal pants can leave you disappointed later. Going the extra mile to coordinate your outfit will make all the difference in how your senior pictures turn out.
Here are examples of complete outfits. Full length shows the whole outfit, while even midshots still showcase both what’s on top and bottom. Close up photos show the details you’ve chosen like a simple headband, or necklace.
Shoes make statements! There is a big difference in having your old beat up sneakers in your senior picture compared with a nice clean pair of shoes. There’s no pressure to bring heels or dress shoes, but bring the shoes that match your outfit and are in relatively good shape.
Guys sometimes want to have a nice shirt and pair it with their trusted pair of every day jeans, but there’s nothing that brings the outfit to the next level like having a nice pair of slacks to go with it.
3) Bring at least one nice outfit. You don’t have to do this but we recommend it. Most of our clients remark that they’re happiest when they had at least one nice looking outfit! It doesn’t have to be a full suit or a prom dress- but even a collared shirt or blouse is a nice touch. Think something that will be appealing to parents and grandparents, or even for an interview or a college or job resume.
4) Solid colors work wonderfully. Solids are great but if stripes, plaids, and/or patterns are more your style- bring them too! Try pairing your prints with solid colors by using them underneath jackets and vests.
All of these are fun and beautiful senior pictures. As you look at these photos, notice where your eye goes naturally, and how the prints affect your perception of the picture. When it comes to what to wear for your senior pictures trust your gut and see how you can incorporate these suggestions to fit your style!
5) Dress in Layers! This allows more variety within your pictures by being able to quickly put on or take off a jacket or sweater. Dressing in layers can be a lot of fun when you look at your photos later.
These photos are an example of how a jacket is used during a city session. Included is a picture without the jacket, another with the jacket as a prop, and then with the jacket on. When looking back on this session, we love how many looks he has within this one outfit!
6) Bring extra stuff! Sunglasses, hats, your instrument, your sporting gear or jersey, letter jackets, your dog: all of these things add personal flair and we love that! There’s nothing that we can’t pay homage to, and what a better time than during your senior pictures.
Here are just a few examples of how bringing those extra elements help showcase who you are. We want to capture all of you, and bring out those things that you’ll forever remember as what you loved during this time of your life.
7) Get good sleep the night before. Looking and feeling tired shows in your face when you’re being photographed. Staying hydrated the day of and being well rested will be a big payoff for you!
8) Try your hair cut out for a week before. Cutting your hair right before your appointment can lead to stress if you don’t like the way it looks. To be safe, give yourself some time to adjust and personalize your haircut to your liking.
9) Avoid coming sunburned or with big cuts and bruises. Sunburns are especially hard to fix later, and while cuts and bruises are easier to fix in post-production, it is more expensive later to have the enhanced retouching done.
We hope you’ve found this “what to wear for senior pictures” information helpful as you get ready to come in for your senior portraits. To see more examples of what other seniors have used in their senior pictures, visit www.randallolsson.com! Here you will find great senior pictures, and all of our information in regards to senior pictures.