Senior Photo Outfits & Ideas

I get it. You've had years and years of school photos. You sat in front of a camera, the photographer told you to smile, and you may or may not have followed directions. Senior portraits with me are different. You have time and advice to make a photo that you might actually like. So how do you choose clothing that compliments your personality and looks good on camera? I've seen many outfits through the years and I'm happy to guide you through decisions.

We do not limit your number of outfits. However, our time together is valuable, so spending time changing fifteen times means less time creating portraits. Most clients choose 2-3 outfits. Often, one outfit is more formal and one outfit is more casual. Some seniors bring a costume or sports jersey or family heirloom leather jacket.

Yes to accessories, your style (whatever that may be), and yes to being comfortable. Express yourself.

Be true to who you are.

With that said, it's wise to avoid super bright colors that reflect onto the skin (fluorescents). Avoid big logos or words that may only show part of the graphic on camera.

Senior Portraits Outfit Ideas by Lenka Vodicka of Lenkaland Photography | Nevada City Photographer

Can I bring a friend?

Adventures are more fun with friends. You don't need an assistant, but it can be helpful to have another person to help you look your best. I am careful to adjust anything that I notice, but I'm also paying attention to the camera, light, and scene. You don't need a stylist, of course. But it might be a good time!

Can I do hair & makeup?

You can definitely schedule hair and makeup before your session. Make sure that you communicate with your specialists so that you have a style that reflects you. We are happy to refer a few names of hair and makeup artists that can help you look your best. You do not need any fancy hair and/or makeup, of course. You're beautiful just the way you are :)

Can I be creative?

Of course! We love creating sessions that are uniquely you. We can even add after-effects that bring your story to life. Lightsaber? Magic Wand? Firebending Avatar? We enjoy challenges that inspire us alongside you. Let's create magic. We can make these images the highlight of your session, or simply an image or two for fun.

Can I bring props?

Yes, props are welcome! We love showcasing what matters to you. Whether it's a guitar, a basketball, a car, or any other treasure, bring it along so we can incorporate it into an image or two. If you have a special idea for a concept session, such as a band photo or sports photo, let me know so we can plan ahead.

Remember the shoes

We do walk around on uneven surfaces and/or grass which may be wet or muddy. If you want fancy shoes in your photos, we recommend slides or slip ons to get from spot to spot. Then you can change into your fancy shoes for the photograph. Of course, we believe in comfy everything, so if sneakers are your style, feel free to wear them which whatever you like. Shoes can be an expression of your personality too. Wear your favorite kicks, or cowboy boots, or flip flops. All styles are welcome here :)

The Adventure Begins


Plan Ahead

We usually wander and explore. You will not want to carry four bags overflowing with twelve outfits. And we may find ourselves away from an easy place to change. I recommend layers, such as a tank top, so you can change efficiently. Having one or two bags to carry your options and accessories will let us discover more places to create cool photos.

We got this. I work with you so you feel comfortable and look great. I am happy to answer any questions!

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