What to Wear for Guys' Senior Photos

What to Wear for Guys


What outfits do I bring? 

  • With the Starring You session, you should bringing about 5 outfits. But don't stop there. Bring extra. This gives us a chance to mix & match, switch up accessories and really show your style. Bring a range of styles. Casual, dressy and something in between, like an outfit you would wear on a date.

  • Dress in layers. We say that a lot here in San Diego. It's really important to have layers and texture in your photos. Layers and texture add interest.
    • By simply adding a neutral color t-shirt under a button down, you've added a layer.  You can also roll up your sleeves.
    • Put on a  jacket or simply carry it. Include a plaid flannel tied around your waist. You can also wear that flannel open with your t-shirt.
  • A note about t-shirts. Be sure they are solid with no wording. You don't want to read "Vans" every time your look at your photos.
  • Proper fit. Lots of guys like to wear a button-down that is untucked. Be sure to choose a slim-fit shirt, even if you are a bigger guy. Boxy shirts make you appear to be wider than you are in places that you don't want to add width. 


  • Wear a watch. It is an easy way to add layers. Time pieces are classic and stylish. If you're a guy that likes jewelry, go for it. Earrings. Necklace. Whatever you call your style
  • Bring multiple pairs of shoes. You should have a different pair of shoes for each outfit. 
    • I do not recommend wearing flip flops with your casual outfits unless we are at the beach. Then choose a pair that is fairly new without scuffs on the toes.
  • Matching socks are a must. If you are wearing slacks, be sure to match your socks to your pants. Black with black. Brown with brown, unless you are wearing dress socks with a crazy pattern because your just that kinda guy.
  • Bring a belt. Belts are the  #1 forgotten item at a guy's senior photo session. Bring it. You'll need it.
  • Take the hair tie off your wrist. Maybe you want a man bun for some of your photos, but you don't want a hair tie on your wrist in your photos. You also don't want the indentation mark it leaves.
  • Try on your outfits. It's frustrating to get to your photo session, only to find out that your new favorite shirt doesn't fit the way you remember. Or that t-shirt got a little shorter and tighter in the wash. Trying everything on before your session also let's you see how well your pieces go together and that your layers look great too.


  • Cut your hair at least 2 weeks before your session. That gives it time to grow to that perfect length. It gives the skin on the back of your neck and your forehead, that was covered by your hair, time to tan. You don't want that white line showing in your photos.
    • If you are wearing a hat for your photos, we will do those last, to avoid hat hair.
  • Trim your facial hair. All of it.
    • Beards and goatees should be trimmed up nicely. Retouching scraggly facial hairs is quite the undertaking, even for a professional retoucher.
    • Trim your nose hairs. Yep, They can show in your photos.
    • Pluck any stray eyebrows. Unruly  eyebrows should be tamed. Any unibrow issues waxed about a week before your session, to aviod any bumps or redness.
  • Do you need make up? Maybe. If your skin has an uneven tone, such as ruddy cheeks or other redness. Then yes. If you are prone to blemishes, then yes. If you have acne scarring. Then yes. Professional make up is included in all of my photo sessions. Tami Mayhew of Classy Gal Glo is the make up artist for my studio. She will have your skin looking flawless in a snap. Don't worry guys. No one will know, unless you tell them. That, my friend, is the magic of professional make up.
  • Moisturize. Your face. Your elbows. And oh my gosh, moisturize those ashy knees!
  • Trim your nails. Make sure that your nails are trimmed and clean. If your photo session is at the beach, be sure to give your toes the same attention. 
  • Most importantly, be yourself. Your senior photos reflect who you are, not just what you look like. So when dressing for your senior photo session, be yourself.
  • Be comfortable. Being comfortable with your wardrobe choices will help you feel more relaxed and confident in front of the camera on your big day.

Here are a few ideas from Pinterest to get you thinking about what to wear for your spring photo session. Want more inspiration? Check out my Senior Guy Spring Fashion board.