5 Tips to Choosing Senior Portrait Outfits | Cumming Senior Photographer

Hi friend! The biggest question I get asked for my senior session is “what do I wear?!” So here you go! Below are my 5 steps to choosing the perfect outfits for your senior photo shoot. You should choose at least 2 outfits. Most of my clients tend to do an outfit on the dressy side, a more casual outfit, and then something a little more stylized or themed. For example, maybe you could wear your cheerleading uniform, carry your soccer ball, or bring your guitar. While you go through these steps below, just remember that solid colors and subtle patterns are typically best. If you do have something with a busier pattern, I would just make sure that your other outfits you choose are subtler.

1. Closet dump

2. Find a Theme

3. Narrow It Down

4. Take It Up a Notch

5. Make It Unique



1. Closet Dump

This is going to be a mess, but it’s going to work I promise! The first thing I would do is go into your closet or dresser and just start pulling out things that you love. I mean, that you LOVE; things that you could wear every day if you could. Throw them on your bed, put them in a pile. Don’t pull out too much stuff, but just pull out the things that you really LOVE. For me, it would be my Piko shirts, my favorite pair of jeans, and my favorite pair of boots, and that scarf that I wear at least once a week, my favorite casual t-shirt; things like that. I’m a very casual person if you guys can’t tell!


2. Find a Theme

Then go through that pile. What kind of stuff is there? Is it mostly t-shirts like what would probably be on my bed? Haha Is it a lot of dresses, maxi skirts, high heels, shorts? Go through that and see if you can see a theme. Most people have an idea in mind of what their style is, but when you go through your pile, it’s going to really tell you what you gravitate towards and what you’ll likely always like. (Choosing something that you will always like will make your photos timeless!)


So, if you have a lot of t-shirts maybe you need to make sure you have one of those t-shirts in your outfit collection for your pictures. Even though it’s casual, that could be your casual outfit, but I would just find a theme here so that you can have kind of a theme with your images.




3. Narrow It Down

Next I would go through and narrow down your options. Take out a few things you can live without in that pile. Narrow down that pile until you get your 2 or 3 favorite outfits. Pick out what your theme is from there. Do you weight more heavily towards jeans or dresses? Do you have a hat that you can’t live without? Things like that. Find things like that that you could incorporate in your senior outfits that will make it YOU. Because that is what this is about. Everything about this session is going to be styled for YOU.




4. Take It Up a Notch

Finally, I would take it up a notch. Personally, my theme would be very casual and simple. I would definitely have a jeans outfit. Then I would probably recommend choosing an outfit that is a little bit dressier to compliment my casual outfit. Even if that means going back to my pile to find a dress or a maxi skirt or maybe even going shopping, now I have a great idea in mind of what I want my few outfits to be and what would blend well with those options.



5. Make It Unique

As far as having a stylized option, the opportunities are endless! You could wear your cheerleading uniform, your college t-shirt if you already know where you’re going, or bring along your guitar or something else that displays your personality! This is the really fun part. Even things as simple as adding a flower crown during a summer shoot or creating a fall picnic for yourself with a cozy blanket would make your session truly unique and give you something really fun to look back on to remember your senior portraits.



BONUS TIP:

While you are doing your closet dump and looking for your style, I would pay attention to what season your favorite clothes are from. I would do this exercise with all of your clothes whether it be summer, winter, fall, whatever. Personally I love fall. I’m sure everyone feels the same way, right?! I could wear scarves, sweaters, jeans, and boots every day. So personally, I would want to take my pictures in the fall because that represents who I am and my style more than shorts or a cute summer dress. That’s not really my style. I like very muted tones, like black and gray and white and olive greens and it’s obvious to me that that’s a very fall theme. So that tells me that I need to take pictures in the fall when those colors are going to really in style and it’s going to look great with the scenery or wherever I am. It makes it all come together and I know that the photos will be something that I feel are representative of my personality and I will always love them.


Until next time!


Jessica


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