What to Wear for Senior Photos

That is the question. What do you wear for senior photos? I'm hear to answer the question that is on every senior's mind. With a mix of favorites from your closet and new loves that you find at your favorite store, will we have you looking your fashion forward best.


Wear Jewelry 

Jewelry is an easy way to add layers and texture. Bracelets, necklaces, earrings are all must-haves. Be sure to bring different jewelry for each outfit. Or at least enough pieces to change out one or two with each outfit.

Bring several pairs of shoes 

You should have a different pair of shoes for each outfit. And change it up. Flats with this outfit. Booties with another or a sassy pair of block heels with jeans or a dress. Going to the beach? Bring along at least one pair of shoes to carry as a prop while you walk along the sand.

I do not recommend wearing flip flops with your casual outfits. Sandals are a better option. If flip flops are "you" then opt for a newer pair that fits nicely and isn't scuffed on the toes.

Flesh colored underthings are a must 

Not matter the color of your outfit, wear flesh colored underthings. You don't want to be at your photo shoot, only to find out that in the sunlight you actually can see the color of your panties through your dress.

Also, bring a strapless bra. Extra straps are distracting. If your outfit needs a strapless bra, bring one. Unless you are wearing a bralette that is made to be seen, keep it hidden. Simply tucking in the straps of your regular bra doesn't work. It causes the cups to gap in awkward ways.


How many outfits do I bring? 

With my post popular session, 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 for your photos. Layers and texture add interest. Look at the outfit in the photo above. She is wearing solid color top, that has a tone on tone pattern. It has texture. Her scarf is plaid and colorful. It adds a layer. The hat gives another layer and something for her hands to do. It frames her face, bringing your attention to her eyes.

Another way to add a layer is socks peeking above boots if you are wearing a dress.  Even having a cuff in your jeans with your booties adds texture.

Put a jacket or kimono over your dress in spring and summer. A flower crown in your hair. A plaid flannel tied around your waist.


Try on your outfits

It's frustrating to get to your photo session, only to find out that your new favorite dress isn't as long as you remember. Or that super cute top 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 and jewelry look great too.

Iron your outfits. Wrinkles will show in your photos. 

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 and have fun! You only do senior photos once. It's a special occasion. Treat it like one. Go shopping with your mom or a friend or both. Make a day of it. You'll be glad you did.

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,

Shawna Parks