All set for your senior portrait session except that you are trying to figure out what to wear? Well, don't sweat it!
With a little and careful preparation, decisions about choosing your ideal outfits become easier to make. However, it is important that the winning outfits are well thought out and help you rock that senior session.
These tips will help you tremendously in deciding what to bring to your photoshoot.
RULE #1: BRING YOUR FAVORITE OUTFITS - Yay!
Let's a plan on bringing about 3-5 FAVORITE outfits!
Shop your closet first before going out to get brand new ones that you are not sure will really work out.
Keep in mind the following tips:
make sure to bring pieces that look good on you
make sure you feel comfortable in those pieces
make sure they fit well, neither too tight nor too lose
select clothing & style that genuinely represents your true self
Avoid too seasonal, trendy or prints with text
Remember the BIG 3 Fs:
choose FLATTERING styles
choose clothing that FITS well
choose FABRIC that is comfortable (non-itchy, scratchy, and so, and remove labels if they itch, etc.)
Anything and everything you bring should complement your physical shape from all angles.
LAST. BUT NOT LEAST.
Inspect your clothing ahead of the photoshoot time to make sure it is clean, freshly pressed, and isn't spotted or faded. Keep your outfits on hangers until you arrive at the photo shoot, to prevent wrinkles.
RULE #2: CHOOSE VARIETY FROM CASUAL TO DRESSY
Choose clothing pieces in each of these styles:
formal/dressy. This will allow me to take a good variety of pictures and achieve a diverse portfolio of images.
The clothing style & selection also depends on the location and season of the year of your photoshoot. You wouldn’t want to wear a formal dress or a suit for an outdoor photoshoot or wear a Christmas dress in the middle of summer. Noted. Makes sense!
Pick clothes for your senior portraits that both express yourself and properly go with the shoot location and season.
RULE #3: CHOOSE FLATTERING COLORS
Having several differently colored outfits will also play a significant role in showing more variety in your portraits. Choose tones that you like, as well as hues that look great on you.
Solid colors work best for senior pictures, although a little pattern can look super cute as well.
YOUR MOM WILL KILL ME FOR SAYING THIS...
...because I know this exercise will make a mess out of your bedroom -- not to mention your closet:
Try different clothes, compare and contrast, in front of a mirror, before the photoshoot. This will help you choose the best color for your complexion and for making your eyes pop!
You will know which colors look best on you because either your friend or mom has told you so or because you know those colors make your eyes, smile, hair, and skin stand out.
You want your outfits to complement your facial features and not overshadow them in any way such as with bright or neon colors. You and I know that if you feel great in your outfits, you will look amazing in pictures!
RULE #4: JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES
I LUV JEWELRY, BUT...
..stay away from heavy, attention-grabbing jewelry.
Try your outfits with the jewelry pieces that you are considering to wear. It will give you a great visual perspective if this piece fits your outfit or not.
Classic jewelry pieces are best for any type of photoshoot because some jewelry can date a photograph very quickly. Noted. Makes sense.
Hats and scarves can be a great accessory but can be tricky too. But, if you pair them well, it is a go! So, always try on the outfit with the hat or another accessory, so you will be sure how this style combination looks on you.
Your best accessories should always your smile, eyes, face, and personality! Everything and anything else should complement you. Full attention goes to you, and not to distracting accessories.
RULE #5: BRING A PROP THAT REPRESENTS YOUR TRUE SELF - OPTIONAL
Bring along anything that represents you – this includes musical instruments, athletic gear, sports jerseys, dancing outfits & shoes.
Whatever your hobbies maybe, I can incorporate that into your photos, if you want.
Images that portray special and meaningful items will be the ones that you will treasure the most.
A GOOD IDEA: RUN YOUR OUTFITS BY ME BEFORE THE SESSION
DON'T BE SHY!
Text away if you are doubting your sense of styling your photoshoot outfits.
Text or email me your outfit selections or snaps of a few pieces to see if you are on the right track.
I will give you my honest feedback. Most likely you will do well with your selections, but sometimes simple adjustments can go a long way, and help get everything styled flawlessly.
CHEAT SHEET FOR JUMP-STARTING YOUR SELECTION OF OUTFITS
I thought I would give this little cheat sheet to jumpstart your outfit selection and inspire additional ideas:
Jeans and top
Two-piece outfit (short + top; skirt + top)
Two pair of shoes (clean and easily combinable -- color & style -- with various outfits)
Walking shoes for changing locations
Prom/maxi dress, if applicable
Jewelry: loops, studs, discrete necklaces, etc.
Accessories: hats, scarfs, belts,
Prop: representative of who you are/love doing
Pay attention to:
the way clothes fit you
which colors look best on you
which accessories and shoes complement your look
that clothes are clean, steamed or ironed
No matter what you wear to your senior portrait photoshoot, the most important thing is:
you love your outfit
it fits you well
the look is complete
Don't wait for the night before making your selections. Proper and timely preparation will e ensure you enjoy the outfit selection process and give you ample time to play around, receive feedback, and most importantly, creates positive anticipation before the photoshoot. And... no stress!
If you have any questions, please just text or call me. I hope to capture beautiful photos for you and create a gallery of beautiful shots.