What should I wear?

We get this question all the time! Here are some great examples to start heading in the right direction! These are just places to start, make each example your own!


what to wear for your senior portraits session


Formal Wear

Whether your session is in a city, or in a park, formal wear is a perfect option for your session. We recommend for ladies bold colored, long flowing dresses and heels. Go as daring as conservative as you wish, but this is a chance to allow your personality to shine. For him, slacks, shoes, a tie and a jacket are a must. For the shirt, a solid neutral color works well. We can take the jacket off him like the example here, or keep it on for a more “formal” look.

The idea of your attire is to ACCENT your shoot, not for it to take over your shoot. Formal wear can be worn all year long, even in winter. Take advantage of this look, you’ll thank us later!

Say Yes To:

For Her - Long, flowing dresses. Heels. Matching & Coordinating Jewelry. Bold Colors (Stand out - Red, Burgandy, Navy etc)

For Him - Tie. Matching Shoes. Bold Neutral Shirt. Jacket. Belt. Navy and Black Suits work best as a starter.

Say No To:

For Her - Busy patterns on your dress. Dresses or skirts too short, it severely limits your ability to sit down and use more types of poses.

For Him - Bold, busy shirts. Bright colored and busy ties. Tan or off-colored suits.


Casual Wear

As with formal wear, casual looks good regardless of the location of your shoot. The idea here is to capture a slightly nicer look than what your daily “go to” is. This isn’t necessarily your “date night” look, but more along the lines of an impromptu night on the town, or perhaps even a Sunday family dinner. Be you though. If you wouldn’t wear this every day, then don’t wear it to your session.

For these outfits, we try and have you sitting down for an image or two, we can’t do some of these poses if you are wearing a short skirt and so forth, so just be mindful of that.

Say Yes To:

For Her - Jeans. Shorts. Bold, Neutral Tops. Sweaters, flannels, tank top etc are all appropriate based on the season. Cute shoes or boots. Fun, colorful jewelry to add that “pop” of color or drama.

For Him - Jeans. Khakis. Solid color tops (Mustard/Navy/Burgundy/Brown) Puffer vest, 1/4 zip jacket. Nice(er) shoes than your favorite pair of tennis shoes.

Say No To:

For Her - Busy patterned tops. Too low cut top (make sure grandma approves) Colors that don’t match his choices. Anything NEON.

For Him - Black shirts. Tank Tops. Cargo Shorts/Pants


Fun Wear

The idea here is PERSONALITY. This is where it gets to come out. Like scarves and long coats? Wear it! Want a few looks to remember your high school experience with (cheer, extra curricular etc) wear it!

Say Yes To:

For Her - Cute Shoes. Coats. Hats. Scarves. Chunky Jewelry. ACCESSORIES.

For Him - Be sure it looks clean and new. No need to wear your “lucky” jersey here. Get a nice new one.

Say No To:

For Her - Cheap looking shirts. If you’re going to do this for your shoot, go authentic.

For Him - Cheap looking shirts. If you’re going to do this for your shoot, go authentic.

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