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  • Writer's pictureShana Watkins

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Outfits for Your Senior Pictures

After 11 years of photographing this gorgeous senior, I was thrilled to be a part of such a special milestone. Each senior session holds a unique significance, capturing not only the beauty of the moment but also the essence of the individual's personality and journey.

For many seniors, one of the most pressing questions leading up to their session is, "What should I wear?" It's a valid concern because the right outfit can truly elevate the entire photography experience, adding depth and flair to each captured moment.

As a photographer, I view outfit selection as a collaborative process, where together we curate looks that not only reflect the latest trends but also authentically represent the senior's style and personality. Whether it's showcasing the latest fashion trends or opting for timeless classics, there's a perfect outfit for every senior session.

I thoroughly enjoy guiding my clients through this pivotal part of the process, whether through text consultations or during our in-home clothing consultations. Together, we sift through various options, narrowing down the selections to those that will photograph best and resonate most with the senior's vision.

While the number of outfits can vary, I typically recommend 2 to 4 different looks for my clients. This variety allows for versatility in capturing different facets of the senior's personality and style.

Here are three tips to help you choose the right outfits for your senior pictures:

  1. Choose at least one classic look: Classic outfits stand the test of time and exude timeless elegance. Whether it's a crisp white shirt paired with tailored trousers or a little black dress, classic looks add sophistication and polish to your senior portraits.

  2. Prioritize solids over prints: While prints can be fun and add visual interest, solid colors tend to photograph more seamlessly. They allow the focus to remain on the individual without competing with busy patterns. However, if you do opt for prints, consider choosing subtle patterns or incorporating them as accents rather than dominating the entire outfit.

  3. Choose colors that you feel great in: The colors you wear can significantly impact the overall mood and vibe of your senior portraits. Choose hues that complement your skin tone and make you feel confident and radiant. Whether you gravitate towards bold, vibrant shades or soft, pastel hues, selecting colors that resonate with you will ensure that your personality shines through in every photograph.

For me personally, I have a soft spot for white and bright colors. They not only add a fresh, youthful vibe to the images but also beautifully complement a variety of backgrounds and settings.

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