It is no secret many people browse Pinterest when they’re looking for the perfect professional photo outfit or set of outfits for family photos. The site links thousands of professional photos that have been labeled as “perfect”. So, what’s the secret to the perfect senior photo outfit? Just follow these five suggestions, and let the photographer do the rest of the work for you.
Let It Be All About You
While your clothes will show your style and the fashion of the times, less is more when it comes to fabric colors and patterns. White and black are always in style, and complimentary layers work great. Think of a classic black dress and a statement necklace. Add a jean jacket or a soft cardigan to this look to give the photo and yourself some dimensions. By layering a look it’s easy to add a little edge while still keeping it classy. If you want more color than traditional black and white, stick with a solid color. Muted blues, blush, and lavender adds a splash without taking away from the most important element in the photo- you.
Dress Your Senior Photo Outfit Appropriately for the Season
Think about your outfits in terms of your background. Sometimes this means green grass and blossoming flowers. Other times it means changing leaves and rich oranges and reds. If you’re taking photos in the Summer then flowy dresses, stylish rompers with sleeves, and even white jeans and a solid-colored, fitted, short-sleeve shirt are great options. However, if you’re taking photos in the Fall or winter, consider a waffle knit cowl-neck sweater, jeans, and wedge boots.
Consider Your Footwear
When you’re planning your senior photo outfit, don’t forget to think about what you’ll wear on your feet. If your outfit sticks to the basics in terms of complementary neutral colors (white, tan, gray, khaki, taupe…etc.), you have the option to stick with nude shoes or sandals. This keeps the focus on your face. If you’re a “shoe person”, keep your outfit simple and add a pop of glam with some statement colorful heels. Think about a black shirt with white ankle pants and bold red heels. When you make one thing in your photo pop it makes sure that one area is the focus rather than competing with various areas all trying to steal the attention with bold colors or distracting patterns. If you’re a “sneakerhead”, picture a form-fitting white t-shirt with blue jeans and your favorite statement sneakers. Again, this allows the attention to go where you intended- the sneakers.
Plan Out Your Accessories
Another way to add a pop of personality to photos is to add accessories. As mentioned above, a statement necklace or earrings next to a solid color garment add a lot without distraction. In addition to a necklace or earrings, oversized hats are really popular. This is a creative way to express yourself while using the circular brim of the hat to draw the camera’s attention toward your face. Some people have oversized sunglasses or sunglasses in fun shapes they might want to add to a senior photo outfit. While this is great for a fun photo or two, keep in mind that taking away your eyes from the photo is never the goal.
Don’t Forget Your Undergarments
There is nothing worse than having the perfect outfit planned only to realize you forgot an essential behind-the-scenes piece. Trying on all of your outfits ahead of time will help you realize what undergarments you need. Nude-colored undergarments are usually the best, but trying on ahead of time assures nothing will be see-through. It will also remind you of any specifics including a strapless bra or even if you need socks.
Pick the Perfect Senior Photo Outfit
Now it’s time to dig through your closet and piece your outfits together. Lay them out as sets and then try them on. You’ll know right away if you like something together or not. If it’s a “yes”, put it in one pile. If it’s a “no”, move on and focus your energy on the sets that work. Lastly, if you follow these pointers the only thing left to bring is your smile. If you need help, I’m here for you! Contact me!
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