SENIOR PHOTO TIPS – FOR THE GUYS
In getting yourself all prepared for your senior portraits photo session, it can feel overwhelming just to know which outfits to choose and how to look your best. In this blog post I will give you the first 5 tips of what I believe you need to get yourself prepared as best as possible.
In a next post I will continue the list. Here are tips numbers 1-5.
- Choose about 5 outfits. I highly recommend having various outfits to choose from during your senior photo shoot. This provides you with some options. Some items you might wear twice, like jeans with your football jersey and a polo shirt, or a button-down by itself and with a sweater over top. Bring five outfits and I will help you style them in such a way that we nearly double your looks.
- Variety of styles. Select outfits that cover the spectrum of formality: something formal, something casual, and a few outfits in between. And if you play in a certain sport or other extracurricular activity, bring along that outfits and other relevant props you may have.
- Variety of colors. Dark colors and long sleeves are the most universally flattering choices, but I’d also suggest binging something colorful (i.e something that is not black, gray, white, tan, or navy), especially if it’s close to your eye color. This is not a requirement, just something to consider.
- Keep it simple. Senior portraits are supposed to be about you, not your clothes. Although we talk about clothes a lot, the goal is for the attention to be on you, not what you’re wearing. So stick to solids or very, very subdued patterns. Avoid logos, words, and busy patterns. A stripe or two across the chest isn’t the worst thing in the world, but plaid is very distracting. One way to get away with a patterned shirt is to wear something that almost completely covers it.
- Plan your shoes, too.Your shoes are part of your outfit, mostly for the outdoor shots, so don’t forget to pair them up with your clothes. They won’t be in all your photos, but they certainly will be in some. Athletic type shoes can look a little sloppy–unless you’re wearing them as part of a sports uniform. For casual outfits, plain colored sneakers are a good alternative, as well as boots, loafers, and even moccasins, if they don’t look too much like slippers.
(Read more tips in a future blog post)