Senior Photo Session Prep

September 7th, 2018

What should I wear? How should I look?

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. I recommend trying to keep things simple by picking solid or semi-solid colors and coordinating your wardrobe as much as possible.

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.


The night before getting plenty of sleep so that you will not have baggy eyes show up in the final images. On the day of your photo session, be sure to apply your makeup the same way you would on any other day. Do not try out something new right before having your pictures taken. I want the photos to be a true reflection of you!

Consider bringing a brush, lipstick, powder, hair clips and a pocket mirror with you to have on hand during the photo session. Applying lipstick (even if you don’t typically wear lipstick) will help your lips standout. Dry, chapped lips never look good in high resolution photographs!

Your hands will probably be in a few of the images so consider doing your nails right before your portrait session and a pedicure. You don’t want to be caught with a picture of you and no shoes with chipped or worn out nail polish!

I recommend bringing at least two outfits. Most senior girls change into a few 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. 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 images.


You might 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 photo session like you’re planning to meet someone important or special event.

Bring at least one extra change of clothes. I 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. While we want you to wear clothes you feel comfortable in, keep in mind that your mom, grandmother and the rest of your family may want to display a few of the photographs from your session. Bring a comb and at least one reasonably conservative set of clothes so that everyone is happy!