Hey guys! We know most of you like to keep it fast and easy for portrait day. Read below for a few quick tips on how to look your best the day of your senior session.
Take about 15 minutes a few days before your senior portrait session to look at your closet and decide that to wear. Think about what kind of vibe to you want to send out in your portraits. Is it urban? Athletic? Formal? Artistic? We usually have session time for 3 or more outfits, 2 should be the minimum. We recommend bringing along a spectrum of clothing from casual to dressy clothes for a broad range of looks. For clothing inspiration look at our Pinterest board for Senior Style.
Casual: To keep your casual outfit looking a bit more polished than usual bring along a coordinating button down shirt, jacket, or vest to add some layers. Avoid large logos and screen printed shirts unless you purposefully want it featured in your portrait. Choose your casual shoes and belt carefully. They will probably be in the frame at some point and you’ll want them looking sharp. Hats are almost always a good idea. Even if you’re not wearing one, hats are a great prop to hold.
Suit & Tie: Make sure your suit and shirt fits you well and doesn’t look dated like you’re wearing Dad’s clothes. Choose a shirt and tie color that will make your complexion pop. Look at this color chart for more help.
Combining patterned shirts and ties can add a lot of personality to a formal portrait. See the sample portrait to the left? Who knew fuschia, polka dots, and floral could look so great together? Pro Tip: Go heavy on the shirt starch for that crisp look and change into a dress shirt after you arrive on location to avoid wrinkles.
Questions about what’s going to work for portrait day? Send us a few pictures of your outfits at least a day before the shoot. We can give you feedback and suggestions if needed. You may also look at this Pinterest board that show examples of clothing to avoid.