of clothes to choose from! That way we can choose what
will be most flattering, provide the best variety, and what will
look best with the backgrounds we're using. I recommend
bringing something like twice the amount of outfits that you
think we will probably use.
Bring a variety of colors and styles, and vary the
dressiness of your clothes. Bring some more formal clothing
(prom dresses, a suit), some casual clothing (jeans and shirts), and
clothes in between. Bring sports uniforms if you have them.
And, trust me, your mom really wants you to bring your letter
Bring clothes for all seasons - no matter what
season it is. Think about layers. Try to come up with as
much variety with each outfit as possible - for example, wear a
leather jacket with a cool top underneath, for shots both with and
without the jacket. Bring sweaters, turtlenecks, hoodies, and
jackets or vests with furry hoods, etc. These types of
clothing can be very flattering and can help put the emphasis on
What to avoid: stripes and bold plaids (they don't
photograph well and don't flatter anyone); sleeveless tops (most people
prefer photographs of themselves with sleeves). Make sure the
outfits that you bring flatter YOU! Some recent styles are too
baggy or too tight or low-cut to be flattering. It all shows, so
put your outfits on & look in the mirror ahead of time to be sure they
are flattering for you.
Darker colors minimize body
size. In general clothes in solid colors tend to be more
flattering and easier to work with. That said, you should
bring clothes that fit your personality, so if you never wear dark solid
colors don't start for your senior portraits.
Please bring clothes grouped together hanging on hangers - we
won't have time to iron and wrinkles will show!
Plan and bring accessories and shoes that go with your outfits.
Necklaces, earrings, rings, hats, scarves, shoes, etc. I recommend putting
your accessories in plastic bags and hanging them on the hanger with your
outfit, so you will be able to quickly change and keep everything together.
My sessions do have a time limit. Most seniors can easily
fit in 2 to 3 outfits within a 1 hour timeslot, but it's important to be
organized and plan ahead. That way you won't waste too much time changing.
It is trickier to change clothes when we're out on location, but it's pretty
easy to add and remove layers, so think about ways you can change your look even
if we don't have a decent place to change.
Pinterest! It's easy to find ideas for
outfits for all seasons.
Don't change your hairstyle or cut your hair just before
your session. You could get a trim & style by your hairstylist but
don't make any big changes! You will want to look like yourself.
Bring your hair care tools with you: brushes, hair spray,
curling, flat iron, etc.
Avoid self-tanning lotions -
they can make your skin color look unnatural in the photographs.
Avoid sunburns! Sunburned and
peeling skin does NOT look good in photographs and Photoshop cannot fix that.
If you always wear glasses,
consider going to a glasses store and either have them remove the lenses
from your frames for your sessions, or ask to borrow a pair of frames in a
similar style. I try to avoid glasses glare as much as I can, but it's
not always possible. Removing glare from glasses is not covered in my
Again, you want to look like
yourself! Don't go crazy with the makeup. I recommend wearing
only a little more makeup than usual, like what you would wear for a night
out on the town.
Even if you don't usually wear
lipstick, bring colored lip gloss or lipstick in natural colors. Lips
without anything on them are hard to see in photographs. (Even I wear
colored lipgloss for pictures, and I never do any other time.)
Avoid makeup with sparkles and
glitter in it. It shows up as bright white spots in the images.