One of the most frequent questions I get when getting ready for a senior photo session, whether it's in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Anthem, or anywhere, is what to wear.
This comes from girls and guys alike ... as well as their parents.
Here are a few of the tips I offer for senior guys:
- Be comfortable and true to yourself. You don't want to spend the hour in clothes that don't fit well or don't feel like you. The clothes you choose should be something you'd pick out to wear, whether it's for a casual event or something a little dressier.
- Bring a variety of outfits. I always recommend a casual outfit, an outfit that's a little dressier, then maybe something fun like a sport uniform or jersey, or a shirt or hoodie with the logo of the college/university/military or other endeavor that comes after high school.
- Casual outfits: There are a lot of casual looks that look great in senior photos. For starters, denim goes with everything and complements just about ANY backdrop. Flannels, polo-style shirts, long-sleeved henley-style and rugby-styled shirts are all good options. Shorts are OK but I always recommend at least one other choice that includes jeans or other style pants.
- Dressier options: Long-sleeved dress shirts are great choices. It's best to avoid busy patterns and pinstripes. Some guys opt to add a tie (necktie or bow tie) and jacket.
- Fun choices: If you play a sport or have a hobby, this is the chance to showcase that. Whether it's a football or baseball jersey, we can incorporate that into your session. Excited to go to NAU next year? Wear an NAU shirt or hoodie.
- Don't forget the shoes. Your shoes WILL show in the full length photos. Make sure they're consistent with your outfit. It's also fun to treat them as an accent if you have shoes in a bold color or style. And don't forget to wear the appropriate socks.
- Know what to avoid: It's best to stay away from neon colors, name brand tags, or logos. Those are all distracting and take away from YOU. They also don't lend themselves to a timeless photo.
- Think about your location. Your outfit should complement your setting. Jeans and a casual shirt look natural in the desert. If you're downtown, getting a little dressed up fits right in. Also, think about the colors and how they'll look at your location. If you're every in doubt or unsure, I'm happy to help you out.
A few final tips:
- If you're wondering when to get a hair cut, about a week to 10 days before your session is best.
- If you usually have a clean-shaven face, be sure it's shaved just prior to your session.
- If you have any questions or concerns, just ask!
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