What to Wear for High School Senior Portraits
This may sound totally obvious, but your senior high school portrait should be all about YOU. Even though your family may be paying for it and even though they are the ones who want to send it out with your graduation invitations or give it to your distant relatives, the photos are not about them.
This is your moment, your image, your legacy, and you want it to reflect your style and personality. Think about what to wear for high school senior portraits.
Don’t Just Show Up… Plan
You’ve already learned through 11+ years of school that planning ahead pays off. So put some thought into your high school portrait way before your session date and you’ll ace it!
Consider location and your look:
- Where should you have your picture taken?
- If you want a very formal image, maybe you want to have a studio session.
- If you play sports, maybe you want to be on or near the field or court.
- Love the water? Maybe your portraits should be done at the beach.
- Want a natural backdrop? Try the cliffs, a hiking trail, or the botanical gardens.
- Most photographers – myself included – will be happy to take your picture in several locations so don’t feel bound to just one spot. Consider your options and then make your choices.
- What should you wear? Don’t wing this one either… these photos are going to be around awhile, you want to look good. Again, think about what you’re trying to say about yourself and pick clothes that reflect that. Here are a few tips:
- No logos – you are your own brand, don’t wear someone else’s!
- No huge graphics – you want people to look at your face so don’t distract them.
- Be comfortable – you want to be relaxed in your photos, so be relaxed in your clothes
- Be yourself – if you’ve never worn a dress or a necktie in your life, your senior portrait is probably not the time to do so.
- Try different styles – bring up to 3 different outfits to match the setting and your personality.
Here are some looks that I think work well for high school senior portraits. Take a look and feel free to call me if you have questions about your session. Click the images below to see the boards. Or visit my Pinterest Collection.
See the styles in action!
Click below to view lots of senior portraits taken with different outfits in different settings.