style guide for seniors


Your senior photos are big deal! I'm thrilled that I can be a part of capturing you at this big point in your life. Now that we've settled on a location, it's time to put some time and thought into your look for the day. If you follow the tips and suggestions below, we'll have a fun session and your photos will be beautiful!

Your look

Your senior photos say a lot about you.  Carefully consider how you want to portray yourself. Think about how you want people to not only remember you, but how people will see you in your freshman year of college.

Your location. If the location we've selected will be in a field or at the beach, there will be some wind, so something with movement, like a maxi, or a flowy top will be beautiful. Likewise, if you wear something very short, you'll be fighting it blowing up during your entire session. On the other hand, if your photos are in downtown area, a sparkly gown, jeans and boots or a short dress can have an urban feel.

The time of year. Definitely wear clothing that matches the season: if you wear boots and a sweater in July, you'll be hot and sweaty; likewise, wear a sundress in October, and you'll freeze (and both will show up in your photos!).

Plan ahead!! When planning your wardrobe, think about what will make you feel special. Don't just grab whatever's clean!

Do it up a little! It should definitely be a step up from what you wear every day. If you need to, go shopping!

some tips

Hair + makeup:

  • Make an appointment to have your hair and makeup done professionally the day of your session. It's not a requirement, but it will definitely give your photos a more professional look.
  • Schedule your hair + makeup 3 hours in advance of your session (add time if you have to travel far to the stylist).
  • Longer hair looks best at least partly down in photos. 


  • #1, wear what makes you feel special and comfortable.
  • Wear well-fitted clothing. Not skin tight, but clothes that fit you well. Take some full body selfies and find out what you like best.
  • NO NEON colors, anywhere (including your nails!). They will overwhelm your photos and be a big distraction.
  • Your socks, shoes, boots will be in your pictures, so be sure they reflect your style and also work with the rest of your outfit.


  • No wrinkles! Make sure your clothes are ironed and on hangers. Wrinkled clothes won't be photoshopped!
  • Glasses…consider removing them to avoid glare in your photos. 
  • If you're stuck, bring a few options and we can decide together.

text me snaps of your outfits

This makes a huge difference! Sometimes what you think looks great together (and it probably does!) may not look as great on camera. When seniors take me up on this offer, it really makes a difference in the final result. Take some full body selfies of you wearing your clothing, and I'll glad to tell you what I think will look best in your photos. I love styling clients for the camera, and this is part of the package when you get a photo session with me!

other randoms...

Be on time so you’re not rushed and you have time to freshen up, change clothes, etc. beforehand. I often have other things on the schedule, and if you’re late it will cut into your session time, which equals less photos and options.

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I usually post sneak peeks, links to blog posts featuring session, etc. If you follow me, I can tag you on your photos/sessions!

I’m so excited to see what kind of pictures we can make together!