I’m looking forward to shooting at the “Mr. Tux” Fashion show to raise money for Exeter High School’s Junior Prom and it got me thinking about clothing. I thought it would be fun to start everyone thinking about what they will wear for this up and coming Senior Portrait season or the look they would like!
Over the past 10 years of doing High School Senior portrait sessions I have found what has worked for wardrobe and what has not and WHY. When you sign up for a High School Senior Session included is a free consult to ensure you have a great time and your portraits will come out the way you envisioned them. During the consult we choose a location that best brings out your personality. The second step is to coordinate your clothing color and style with that location to get the best look for you! All but two sessions in the images below, were done at the beach, so you can see the diversity we can get just by having this consult first and planning your look! This session is all about YOU and you don’t want it to look like anyone else.
Coordinating colors and texture within your clothing to backgrounds will create a cohesive piece of art. You don’t want to look plastered on a background! Certain colors work better in different environments and we go over that in your consult.
Patterns are usually NOT a good idea. I say usually, because ninety percent of the time they will not be chosen by you as a favorite or a piece to put on the wall. The solid colors either with or without texture are the best choices. This allows for diversity in background and the image won’t look “busy”. Patterns also take away from your FACE, and this is not the goal of a portrait. The examples below are ones of color and texture coordination either to blend or create contrast from the background. I have provided black and white versions of the same person, in the same outfit so you can see how the simplicity of clothing can create more diverse looks for YOU. Please view the images below to get a good idea of what I’m talking about.
I have two DO NOT’S for a portrait session. Strapless tops are a don’t, your arms will look larger than they are and nobody wants that. Well guys might, but they probably don’t want to wear a strapless top either! If you have a dress you LOVE and its strapless lets talk and work out a way for you to wear it by adding another layer, we can work it out, just let me know ahead of time. The other rule of thumb is no shorts. This again, can be broken given the right situation and preparation ahead of time so you know what to expect.
I will be doing a post later that will include bringing your passions, what ever they are, to the session to be photographed and part of your senior portraits. I love the integration of any passion you have like musical instruments or sports or dance. This is a great addition to your session to capture what you are all about during this amazing time in your life. Examples will be shown for this concept and talked about in a post coming soon! Those sessions are SO FUN I can’t wait to share them with you too.
I hope you enjoyed the basics of planning your senior session so you get the most out of your time and capture who you are accurately and creatively.