No longer is it important to match every shirt and pants with each other. Variety is more the style for today’s images. The boys don’t all have to wear shorts, one can wear jeans. Coordinate their colors and mix up the clothes for a fun blend.
Be who you are and let your children be who they are! For family sessions, choose a color palette and arrange coordinating outfits, instead of matching onces. When photographing outdoors, I would encourage you to avoid green so you aren’t lost in the grass and trees of the backdrop.
It’s helpful when choosing your colors of your wardrobe to coordinate them with your home. If you have a warm family room, you wouldn’t want a large image with everyone in pinks and purples. Compliment instead.
If your style is classic and timeless, you may consider choosing more uniform and neutral colors for your wardrobe. Grays, blues, and tans look fabulous and adding a pop of color here and there is great.
You may want to choose one person to stand out from the others. They can wear one impactful piece that inspires the accessories and colors in everyone else's outfits. Typically, it's easier to have a woman's or girl's outfit be the focal point of a picture.
Consider using multiple accessories for each subject throughout your photo shoot. This is much easier than doing full clothing changes, but it's enough to give photos a whole new feel. Nothing draws the eye to a photo like differences. Two easy ways to add fun differences to a photo are layers and different textures.
You also want to make sure that the colors and patterns you choose fit well in the environment you've selected. If a subject's clothing is the same color as the background, she or he may blend in.
One of my favorite tricks is to Google "What to wear photo shoot" and look at the IMAGE results. Let your mind drift over all of the pictures there until you land on something that catches your eye, and you're on your way to creating a great color.
What to Wear for Seniors
You don’t necessarily need to “dress up” for your portrait session. The best images are usually captured when you wear clothing that you are comfortable in and outfits that match your unique style. We recommend trying to keep things simple by picking solid colors and coordinating your wardrobe as much as possible. Bring some variety in your looks - some skirts or dresses, slacks, some jeans, some shorts, etc. Great shoes, jackets, wraps or sweaters, hats, and other accessories can make your looks unique and memorable.
Steer clear of busy patterns, bright colors, or logos and consider bringing along several different clothing changes. Adding or removing a jacket, changing into different shoes, or putting on a different shirt can change your outfit just enough to make it appear that you are wearing an entirely different wardrobe. Also be sure that your clothing is clean and free of wrinkles.
FOR GIRLS: Start by getting plenty of sleep the night before. Tired and baggy eyes will show up in the final images. On the day of your portrait session, be sure to apply your makeup the same way you would on any other day. It’s usually not a good idea to try out something new right before having your pictures taken. We want your images to be a true reflection of you! We recommend bringing at least two outfits. Most senior girls change into three or four outfits during their session. Select a wardrobe that can be coordinated together (for example, pants that look good with two or three different shirts, etc.). Watch out for bra straps that might be hanging out. And of course, be careful not to wear a dark colored bra under light colored shirts or you might be surprised what shows up in the final photographs.
FOR GUYS: Consider getting a haircut a few days before the session. On the day of the session, take a shower, shave and comb your hair. Get ready for the portrait session like you’re planning to meet someone important or special. It’s tough to capture great senior pictures if you show up with “bed head” (yes, it happens!) or if you haven’t changed your clothes in a few days. Bring at least one extra change of clothes. We totally understand that most guys don’t want to change multiple times, but you should have at least one extra shirt and pants on hand. Consider bringing a sport jacket or blazer for a few shots,
One of my favorite tricks is to Google "What to wear senior photo shoot" and look at the image results. Let your mind drift over all of the pictures there until you land on something that catches your eye, and you're on your way to creating a great look for your senior photos.