Clothing is a great way to help show your personality and sense of style! But knowing what to wear as a guy for your senior pictures can be difficult. Here are a few tips and tricks I have learned as a senior photographer that have helped my clients look their best.
It’s easiest to start with what NOT to wear. Whenever possible avoid neon colors and multiple types of patterns in one outfit (i.e. plaid shorts with a striped shirt). Don’t wear clothing with logos or text as these can distracting and difficult to read.
Plan multiple outfits for your senior pictures. Try picking a casual outfit, a dressy outfit, and a fun/hobby/sport based outfit. This is a great way to have variety, and show off your interests or sense of style.
Most clients plan one outfit for every 20 to 30 minutes of their senior session. I never limit outfits, but remember that the more time you spend changing your outfit is less time we are able to be shooting.
When planning outfits make sure to consider the location of your senior portraits. Choosing outfits with colors that clash with those of the existing environment will fail to make a cohesive looking portrait.
Think about the time of year. The light yellow-green of spring, deep greens of summer, and red-oranges of fall make for very different color pallets. Consider the season your senior portrait session is taking place when you are picking your outfits.
Plan your outfits down to your shoes, socks, and a matching belt! This might mean you bring extras for each outfit, but details matter when it comes to senior photos!
If you want to wear your glasses in your senior portraits, think about popping out your lenses or borrowing empty frames from your optometrist. This is the best way to avoid glare or distortion that eyeglasses can cause in portraits.
Bringing along props that illustrate your activities and interests is a great idea. Feel free to bring items such as sports equipment, uniforms, instruments, your favorite books, and outdoor hunting or fishing gear. We want to showcase what you love! So if it is dirtbikes, cars, or your giant pick-up truck, bring it along! These photos are all about you!
Still sure where to start? When in doubt check out my What to Wear Pinterest board for inspiration!
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