What do I Wear to a Photo Shoot?

It’s time for your senior pictures! You may be asking, what do I wear? What do I bring? Well, don’t worry, because we are here with a Senior Photo Shoot style guide!

Follow the tips below to get the most out of your Senior photos!

Keep your outfits visually simple
Solid colors and simple patterns look best on camera! Avoid busy patterns and large logos or words. Textured fabrics such as cotton and wool are great options, stay away from silks or satin.

Have an outfit plan
Your number of outfit changes will depend on which session you choose. Always plan out your outfits ahead of time and bring extra ones! You may change your mind once you see the backgrounds and sets in person.

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Don’t be afraid to be diverse with your outfits
You may be tempted to just bring your favorite everyday outfits, but be sure to bring something a little dressier. Variety is key!

Apply your makeup normally
Powder, eyeshadow or lipstick with glitter or shine may cause a reflection from the flash so try to stick to matte finishes. Matte powder is your friend! Bring it with you even if you did your makeup, you may need to reapply to avoid shine.

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Stick with hairstyles you know
Your hair needs to be styled in a way that you are comfortable with, so don’t try a new hairstyle for your shoot. If you need to get your haircut, try to go at least a week in advance to give your hair time to adjust and look normal.

Pay attention to details
Check your nails for chipped polish and go with simple colors that won’t distract from your outfits. Try to avoid going out in the sun for long periods of time right before your shoot. Nobody wants sunburns or tan lines in their senior pictures!


Hats, belts, jewelry, shoes, props… these items can be very important. They help show off your personality and make your photos all about you!

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Senior Pictures: Wear Your Personality!

Leonard’s has a huge Senior Photography branch. It is fun for me because I get to go to a ton of the shoots and get a glimpse of people’s personalities. Part of capturing that personality is the clothing these students wear. The way we dress and present ourselves tells the world around us something about us. If you dress very causally, you may be more laid back, or if you like some of your shots to be in your prom dress or a suit, you may be more formal and appreciate a classic look.

The thing I find interesting is how similar the fashion can be! This could just be that people have very similar tastes, or it could be that people like to play it safe.  We live in a time where being eclectic is celebrated. Combat boots, black lipstick, flowy tops, high waisted jeans, a throwback to the fashion of past generations. All of this is in style, which is exciting! When I come across someone with their own look, I take note and find a way to show off their pictures because they tend to look so confident in their photos! This may be because they feel like they are truly being themselves. Here are a few examples:022 038 646

So Seniors (or Juniors who are soon to be seniors), all I ask is that you wear what makes you feel the best about yourself! And it is okay if your look is outside the box. Your fashion can show your personality, so when it comes to your style: Be loud. Be daring. Be bold.