What should I wear for Senior Pictures? | 4 tips for picking out outfits for senior pictures | Senior pictures outfit ideas
The task of picking out clothing can be daunting on a day to day basis. It can be hard to find that outfit that makes you feel confident and speaks to your style for the occasion. Now thinking about having pictures that will commemorate your accomplishment and will be showcased through your home for years, you could say that is even more daunting. Having your senior photo shoot should be a fun, exciting time. You worked hard to get to this moment, we want your photoshoot to be a reward for your accomplishment. Not filled with anxious feelings about what to wear. Sarah Lindsay Photography will be with you every step of the way helping you solidify your outfits choices. For more information about the styling consultation, you can click here. In the meantime, however, here are some tips to help guide you through picking out outfit choices.
1. Where do I start?
The question “where do I even start?” is a very real question. Looking at your closet with a blank stare, not knowing what you are even looking for can be overwhelming. Having some ideas can help you narrow what your eyes are looking for in your closet or when shopping. It can be helpful to look at other girls' senior pictures. You can look at the color scheme, types of poses, types of clothing. If they were more formal or casual, if their clothing had movement, or if they used any props. Creating a vision of what you want your photos to be can be a helpful place to start.
Sarah Lindsay Photography’s instagram page showcases the styles of each individual girl and captures each girl in their true beauty. Looking at this page can give you some ideas of what you are looking for in your senior portrait session. Another great place to look for some inspiration is, pinterest. Pinterest can provide you with general ideas, but if you narrow your search once you have an idea brewing, it can be helpful!!
2. Casual vs. Formal
If you have created a vision of what you want your photos to be, this part may seem easier. Your vision might include more day to day outfits that capture your everyday look. The vision might be much more formal wear such as a long, elegant dress. Maybe the vision includes both of these. Casual wear can bring a sense of normalcy to the shoot. You likely spend most of the time in casual outfits. Because of this, wearing more casual outfits can bring a sense of comfort and relaxation to you when you are in front of the camera. However, formal wear can be a confidence booster. You might really enjoy getting more dolled up and putting on that special dress for the shoot! Formal outfits tend to add more movement to pictures. Just know, both formal and casual will photograph beautifully.
3. Patterns and Layers
When picking out what to wear there are a few small things to keep in mind. Small patterns often get lost in a photograph. Polka dots, thin stripes, small flowers can appear more like color blobs than what the actual pattern is. Solid shirts or larger prints are a better option for your photoshoot! Layering outfits photograph beautifully. Having multiple layers can create more movement in your images while also giving you a couple different looks with a single outfit. You can layer with a cardigan or jean jacket for example.
4. Can I use props?
Short answer is YES!! Oftentimes props can enhance the photoshoot and can tell your story on a deeper level. Props could include spikes/cleats, medals you are most proud of, your instrument, or flowers. Props can enhance your session. The use of props can help tell the story of you as a whole person. Including props in your session can capture what is most important to you and the accomplishments from your high school career. As an example, if you played a sport throughout high school, holding your cleats or spikes in a picture can be very meaningful. Or if you were in the band/orchestra, playing your instrument in a few pictures can be a beautiful addition to your photoshoot.
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