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As your Austin senior photographer these are my 5 best tips and suggestions for what to wear for your senior portrait session. We know the task of outfit coordination can be daunting, right?!  We totally want you to rock your senior session with wearing the right outfits, so without further ado, here are our top tips for what to wear for your senior picture session:


#1 Bring a Variety 

We want you to have a diverse selection of awesome images to see at your Premier View and Choose Session! Bringing a variety of clothing styles is highly recommended! You’ll have an unlimited number of outfit changes during your three (3) hour session, so go ahead and bring multiple outfits!

We start with our in-home studio portraits first. During the studio portion of your senior pictures we will focus on any sports you play. Bring any uniforms and gear you use for your sport. If you play an instrument this is the time to bring it with you! If you have a formal gown or prom dress we’ll photograph that in-studio as well. We suggest you bring a couple of casual outfits, two or three dressy outfits, and at least one trendy outfit. Since we’re in Texas I personally love to see some western flare at sessions from time to time, so bring those cowgirl boots if that’s you!

If you’ve already chosen a college to attend bring a t-shirt from that school along too! If you haven’t selected your college just yet, don’t worry! We can always do college t-shirt portraits later, during your Spring Cap and Gown session. If you’ve chosen a path other than college, such as the military, we will incorporate that into your session. Remember, everything we do at Affinity Fotografie is about YOU! It’s your day, your way! 

#2 Make Awesome Color and Pattern Choices 

Your choice of color will play a big part in showing more variety in your images. Choose colors you love as well as colors that look great on you! In my time as an Austin senior photographer I have come to realize that if you feel confident in your outfits, you will look amazing! Solid colors work great for close -up portraits, and we’ll definitely want to get a few of those! With solid colors, the focus will be on you rather than on your outfit. Select colors that enhance your skin tone and bring out your eyes! Try to avoid stripes as they don’t always translate well on camera. For patterns we usually suggest you limit them to accessories. For example you may want to include a beautiful patterned scarf into your session. 

#3 Choose Clothing in which YOU Feel Confident 

When selecting outfits always choose the ones that make you comfortable and feel confident! Again, if you feel confident in your outfits, you will look amazing! If you feel less than confident in your outfit choices it will show in the final images. The most important thing to remember when selecting what to wear to your senior pictures is that you should feel 100% confident in your outfit choices! If you can see through your clothing be sure to bring the appropriate underclothing to wear beneath it. 

#4 Be Organized 

Clothing should be pressed and on hangers. The camera will see the wrinkles! Pre-select which accessories and undergarments (don’t forget the appropriate undergarments) you would like to wear with each outfit. Place accessories in Ziplock bags and attach the bags to the hangars with their respective outfits. This will make the changing process quicker and leave more time for photos.

Glasses- If you wear glasses regularly we definitely want you to include them in some of your senior pictures. We do highly recommend that you remove the lenses from the frames before your session. This way we avoid the glare! If you can’t safely remove the lenses from your frames we suggest borrowing a pair of frames only from your eye doctor. Your eye doctor may loan them out as long as you return them promptly after your session. Check with your individual eye doctor’s office a few weeks in advance for their policy on loaner frames! 

#5 Bring Props 

Are you a cheerleader? Are you in the marching band? Do you play soccer, softball, or any other sport? Bring props! Bring your pom-poms, your musical instrument, your sporting gear, and anything else that pertains to your unique interests and hobbies! Do you live on a ranch and love horses? We will include them in your senior portraits, because props can really bring the photoshoot together! 

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