Do’s and Don’ts When Selecting Outfits for Your Senior or Graduate Photography Session

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Preparing for a senior or graduate photography session is an exciting journey filled with anticipation and creativity. One of the most crucial aspects of this process is selecting the perfect outfits that will not only reflect your personality but also enhance the overall look and feel of your photos. To help you navigate this task with ease and confidence, I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide of do’s and don’ts when it comes to outfit selection for your upcoming session.


  • Coordinate, Don’t Match: Choose outfits that complement each other in terms of color and style rather than wearing identical outfits.
  • Express Individuality: Encourage your senior or graduate to wear clothing that reflects their personality and style.
  • Consider Location: Select outfits that are appropriate for the chosen photo shoot location and match the overall vibe.
  • Layer for Versatility: Opt for layered clothing to add depth and interest to the photos while allowing for easy outfit changes.
  • Accessorize Thoughtfully: Use accessories like hats, scarves, jewelry, and shoes to add flair to the outfits without overpowering them.
  • Choose Solid Colors: Solid colors tend to photograph better than busy patterns, so opt for solids or subtle patterns to avoid distractions.
  • Mix Textures: Incorporate a variety of textures into outfits to add visual interest and dimension to the photos.
  • Think Timeless: Select outfits that won’t look outdated in a few years, ensuring your photos remain timeless and classic.


  • Avoid Logos or Busy Patterns: Logos and busy patterns can be distracting in photos, so steer clear of them.
  • Skip Neon Colors: Neon colors can cast unflattering tones on the skin, so it’s best to avoid them for photography sessions.
  • Overlook Fit: Ensure clothing fits well and flatters the body to avoid any unflattering bulges or awkward bunching.
  • Forget About Comfort: Choose outfits that your senior or graduate feels comfortable in, allowing them to relax and enjoy the session.
  • Matchy-Matchy: Avoid overly coordinating outfits that look too uniform or matchy-matchy, as they can lack personality.
  • Overdo Accessories: While accessories can enhance an outfit, too many can overwhelm the overall look. Keep it balanced and simple.
  • Ignore the Weather: Be mindful of the weather on the day of the shoot and dress accordingly to ensure comfort and practicality. If inclement weather occurs, have an open conversation with your photographer regarding re-scheduling, per their professional recommendation.
  • Leave Everything to the Last Minute: Plan, lay out, and iron outfits well in advance of the session to avoid any last-minute stress or wardrobe malfunctions.

Collaborate with Your Photographer: When selecting outfits, don’t forget to collaborate with your photographer based on the session locations. Your photographer can offer valuable insights into what colors and styles will complement the surroundings and create the desired aesthetic for your photos. If you’re seeking new fun and timeless attire for your session, I often recommend checking out Abercrombie, Aritzia, J Crew, Coco The Shop (local Columbus, OH boutique), and Thread.

Ready to Capture Stunning Photos? Now that you know the do’s and don’ts of outfit selection, it’s time to book your photography session and create unforgettable memories! Reach out today to schedule your session and we’ll do a happy dance together!

In conclusion, thoughtful outfit selection can elevate your senior or graduate photography session, ensuring timeless and stunning photos that you’ll cherish for years to come. So, keep these tips in mind and get ready to shine in front of the camera!

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