Portraits for high school seniors often portray a variety of looks like casual, formal or sporty. Exactly what you convey in your senior photos really depends upon you, and your personal style. What can you expect? Depending on the photographer you work with in your specific city, you may be shooting both in a studio and outdoors. Before the date of your senior pictures, find out the specifics regarding attire and location from the photographer.
Ten years from now, when you look at your photos, you want to avoid the “Oh my God what was I thinking” reaction. Luckily, it’s not 1985 so this is fairly easy, if you keep your “look” simple! If you are curious about how to dress for a senior portrait, we compiled a list of helpful tips for you.
Get your hair styled. A couple of weeks before the senior portraits are taken, it is a good idea to have your hair styled by a professional. We recommend going to the salon 1-2 weeks in advance. If you end up with a hairstyle you hate, you will have plenty of time to figure out an alternative look.
Choose 3-5 outfits ranging from casual to formal. Regardless of your everyday apparel, a senior portrait should portray a classic look. Any clothing you select should be in good repair, and ironed. Most of the time, the primary recipients of senior portraits are family members and close friends, so you definitely want to look presentable.
Wear dark clothing for studio shots. Generally speaking, dark solid clothing is slimming, so try to select outfits with this in mind. Avoid anything (i.e. bold prints and patterns) that may take the attention away from your face. For any photos that will be taken outdoors, consult with the photographer, so you do not end up wearing clothes that match the background too closely.
Wear long sleeves. Avoid clothing that is too skimpy or baggy. These types of clothing are not flattering for portrait shots. Stick to wearing long sleeves or 3/4 length shirts. In terms of skirts and dresses, opt for apparel that falls below the knee.
Bring a uniform or use props. If playing a particular instrument or sport is a part of your identity, then convey this in your photos. Consider using a prop like a guitar, or bringing an entire uniform i.e, baseball or cheerleading.
Plan to bring essential items that coordinate with your outfit. If you are having photos taken that are full body, always bring appropriate shoes, socks or hosiery for your senior portraits.
Keep the makeup light. Wear your usual makeup and opt for an elegant look. Avoid wearing too much makeup which will look bad in your photos.
Manicure nails. Although a professional manicure is unnecessary, you do want to make sure that your nails appear neat and clean.