Clothing… this is the big one.
A standard senior portrait session can include as many clothing changes as you would like, the time to change takes away from when we are photographing. Three clothing changes seems to be the sweet spot between time and variety.
You’ll want to wear what you normally wear, but “kicked up a notch”. Add some funky jewelry, a hat, leggings, a scarf, a belt, or some other accessory. Just be sure that the accessory is not so loud that it distracts from you. Mix up your clothing from dressy to casual – Fun stuff you’d wear to hang out with friends (jeans!), and something sophisticated that will work well for sending a photo in with your college applications. Vary the style – for girls, perhaps a long-sleeved shirt for studio shots, jeans and a cute top, and a nice sundress. For guys, maybe a plain tee and jeans, a button down shirt to put over this, unbuttoned, for an alternate look, and a nice button-down shirt or sweater for studio shots. Be sure to run your choices by mom and dad, or you might end up with photos you love that they won’t order for you. Can’t decide what to wear? Bring lots of wardrobe choices, and between the two of us, we’ll make sure you look your absolute best!
Hats are great for a few shots, but please don’t wear one to your session and get “hat head.”
Be sure to bring along shoes to match each outfit
Try your clothing on in advance to be sure it fits comfortably and is flattering. Bend over, sit down, etc. and make sure that you don’t have skin showing where it shouldn’t be in certain positions and that you’re able to do such movements.
Make sure each piece of clothing is clean, lint and wrinkle-free. Also please make sure at least one of your outfits fits the yearbook requirements – please check with your school for guidelines.
Regarding clothing colors; If you are having photos taken outdoors, wear a solid color or something with a splash of color to it for a nice contrast in your photos. Bring a variety of colors – not 3 blue outfits.
Avoid horizontal stripes, loud patterns, and shirts with writing or big logos on the front. Solid colors work best;. We want the clothes to accent you; not the other way around.
If you intend to wear a “strappy” dress or light-colored clothing, be sure to wear or bring the appropriate undergarments that will not show in your photos.
Do not wear baggy clothing that may give the appearance that you are larger than you really are and avoid tight clothing that you are uncomfortable in, as you may not be able to do certain poses this way. A very short skirt can also really limit the variety of poses that you will be able to do.