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The Worst Mistake to Make for Your Senior Pictures And 3 ways to Fix It

What is the worst mistake you can make when planning for your senior pictures?

Wearing the SAME type of outfits over and over!

The clothing can really make a big difference to your senior portraits. If you wear the same type of outfits, for example, all sun dresses, all jeans and t-shirts, all baggy sweaters, etc.. There will be no variety and won’t show off all the facets of your personality.  If you want to look great and get great images, follow these 3 steps.  

1. Write down 10 things you want your senior pictures to say about you.  Here are some examples:  happy, fun, silly, positive, playful, carefree, dramatic, bold, smart, serious, eclectic, edgy.  

2. Once you determine what personality traits you want to bring out, look at different styles and colors. What can you do to change up your outfits and still be yourself?  Create idea boards on Pinterest to help keep track of potential outfits.  

3. Use your senior photographer as a resource.  The best photographers will send you a “What to Wear” guide to help you decide outfit styles you like.  They will also consult with you before your session, go through your outfits with you and collaborate with you to decide what will look best.  If you still are torn on your session day, bring all the outfits you are considering, and you and your photographer can decide together which to wear.  

Most senior sessions include 3-5 outfits. Here’s a few ideas to get a variety.  

1. Casual jeans or shorts paired with a t-shirt or casual top or sweater.  Add converse or sandals. Try a ponytail or messy bun.  

2. Casual dress or skirt and blouse with wedges, sandals or sneakers.

3. Jumper, dressy trousers or more formal dress with heels or sandals.

4. Add a favorite jacket, jewelry, hat or sunglasses or feature your musical instrument, sport or pet.

5. Mix things up:  collar, no collar, V-neck, square neck, short sleeves, long sleeves.  Dark colors, bright colors. 

What to wear for your senior pictures.  Four outfits is a good number.
Senior Session with 4 Outfits
What to wear for your senior pictures.  Four outfits is a good number.
Senior Session with 5 Outfits
What to wear for your senior pictures.  Four outfits is a good number.
Senior Session with 3 Outfits

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