Tips for Senior Photos

July 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I am always being asked, “What should I wear for my senior photos?” Well, I am the first one to admit that I am not a fashion expert. So, when someone asks, my response is usually “whatever you want.” I realize the answer is not much help. But, the point I am trying to make is “be yourself, be comfortable”. These are your senior pictures. I look back at my own and laugh. (It was the 80’s). I want to see your personality shine through in the photo session.

Tips for Senior Photo Sessions

With that being said, keep these few tips in mind.

1. School Requirements

Most schools have specific guidelines to follow regarding yearbook photos. The guidelines may require you to use solid colors for clothing choices. In most cases, the photo must be a head and shoulders picture with minimal jewelry or other distracting clothing items. Bring the school’s information with you; I can use the guidelines to take the right photo.

2. More Than One Outfit

From your favorite blue jeans to formal attire, bring more than one outfit. Personally, I like to see someone with a minimum of four different outfits. As you are picking out the different sets of clothes, remember you want to be comfortable in your choice.

The clothing items should be:

  • Clean with no stains
  • Wrinkle
  • Without rips or tears unless the item is your favorite stressed jeans

The smallest flaw can show up remarkably well in your final photos.

If the clothing item is new, make certain you like the way you look. Being uncomfortable in an outfit will show up in the photos. Bring different jewelry items and foot attire to make your outfit complete.  

3. Bring Props

Feel free to bring props. The items show who you are at this point in your life.

  • Favorite books
  • Sports trophies and medals
  • Varsity jacket
  • Musical instrument
  • Movie memorabilia
  • Collections
  • Hobby Related Items
  • Hunting Gear
  • Flowers

Even if you only want one photo taking with the item, bring it. You should be proud of your extracurricular activities and interests.  Just keep in mind, the prop items must be legal and in good taste.

4. Your Beloved Pet

I am an animal lover. So, I have no problems taking your senior photo with your pet.  So feel free to have your photo taking with your dog, cat, ferret, or pet pig. I am willing to travel to your location for larger animals. I have done several photo sessions with horses. I have not done anything with pet tarantulas or snakes. But I am always willing to try something new.

5. Bring Music

Bring your favorite music. I know, the request may sound strange. I always have the radio going during a photo session. I have found music helps relax everyone. You are welcome to change the station or bring in your own type of music to listen. Just remember, I am old, try not to shock me too much.

6. Make Mom Happy

Okay, I know this may not seem like the type of advice you want. But let mom help pick out one of your outfits. You may consider yourself as an adult. I can almost guarantee as your mom (or dad) watches you get your senior photos done, they are picturing the first day of kindergarten. And, do not be embarrassed if your mom cries, I have seen that before too.

Well, I hope these tips help. If you have any other questions regarding your senior photo session at Rebecca Caesar Photography, please contact me.



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