What to Wear

If you’re uncertain how many outfit changes to bring or what to wear, think (The more, the merrier!) Bring a favorite from each season. You can never go wrong with simple black-and-white outfits, especially when accessorized.

Want more ideas? Here are tips you might find useful:

  • Dress comfortably. You are probably most comfortable in jeans, so be sure to bring a couple of pairs of flattering jeans. Jeans and a comfortable colorful shirt work great.
  • Bright, solid colors photograph best. Avoid shirts with patterns that are too busy. On the flip side, don’t overdo white and pastel colors, which can make you look washed out.
  • Black is timeless. Black clothes against a black background create a classic, timeless  look.
  • Bring varied clothing. Include clothes from different seasons. Longer-sleeved shirts photograph best.
  • Vintage is always in fashion. Check out Urban Outfitters for hot ideas or the latest trends.
  • Bring props that are meaningful. Whatever activities you are involved in (sports, music, hobbies) bring that stuff along. We want to show what makes you you.
  • Bring your sports uniforms and equipment. The more accessories and props you bring to the session, the more interesting the photos will be.
  • Formals and prom dresses provide lots of possibilities. They can go classic or a little out of the ordinary.
  • Bring a suit coat. If you are into dressing up in a suit and tie, wearing a suit coat with your jeans will give your portraits a cool urban look. This is especially true for guys.
  • Warm coats are cool. If you have a warm coat, bring it, even if it’s warm outside. Nobody will know by looking at the images.
  • Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Bring matching baelts, socks, shoes, jewelry, etc. If you have a favorite hat, bring it. Big jewelry and sunglasses are great.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • If you wear glasses most of the time, you’ll want to wear them in your portraits. Just have your optician supply you with empty frames for the day of your photography.

For girls:

If you plan to get a haircut before your session, schedule it for at least two weeks prior. You can change your hairstyle throughout the session if you wish, but have it styled when you arrive at the studio.

  • Go dark on makeup. To accentuate your favorite features, apply makeup a little darker than you usually do. One exception: avoid heavy, dark eyeliner because it makes your eyes look smaller, not larger. A little blush and lip color are perfect, but stay away from super shiny lip gloss, which may not look good in the photos. Bring your makeup for touch-ups.
  • Paint your nails (clear or neutral colors work best).
  • Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session to avoid burns or tan lines.

For guys:

  • A fresh shave is very important! If you have a beard or mustache, make sure it’s trimmed to your liking.
  • Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session to avoid burns or tan lines.
  • Try to have your haircut at least one week before your session to give it a chance to “fill in” a little.

A final tip:

Plan the outfits out several days in advance. This way, you will have time to check what clothing, if any, needs dry cleaning, ironing, or tailoring. . . see if you need to polish your shoes or sports trophy . . . or pick up a pair of cargo jeans, shades, or batteries for your iPod.
With just a bit of planning, you can help us capture the spirit and style of you, a one-of-a-kind, soon-to-be senior!