What to Wear for Your Senior or Graduation Portrait

September 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

At Myles Studio Photography, it is my number one goal to bring out the best in you, creating photos that look natural and capture your personality.

One of the most important factors in creating a great portrait is deciding what to wear.  This can make or break your photo session. For photo sessions in our studio, we recommend to bring something casual and something a little more formal, and something just for the fun of it! 

Solid colors work well, and can stand the test of time. Try to avoid anything with a lot of patters, like polka dots or stripes.  Bright colored clothing can work and is even encouraged. But most importantly, wear something that is comfortable and matches your personality. You may also wear something that shows who you are, like a hat, scarf, or other type of accessory.  Another great idea is the use of props that show off an interest of yours, like an instrument or sporting equipment.

Graduation photo shootGirl's Senior PortraitA high school senior portrait session taken in studio at Myles Studio Photography Inc. Senior Portrait - BoysSenior Portrait - BoysDevinhad his senior portrait taken by Myles Studio Photography, both in studio and on-location at Cluett Schantz Memorial Park. Senior Photo Shoot Girls Senior Portrait SessionSamples of a in studio senior portrait session

For on location photos, choose an  outfit that matches the season with both color and style.  Warm colors in the fall, like brown and burgundy, cool colors in the winter, like blues and greys, and  bright colors in the spring and summer.  Remember, depending on the location, it may be difficult to change, so bring accessories can help create diversity in the photos.

Graduation Photo SessionBoy's Senior Portrait SessionBoy's Senior Portrait Session, taken on location on the New PaltZ Rail Trail.
 

For females, we recommend to have your hair and makeup professionally done.  But that is totally up to you.  If you do your own make-up, try to keep is simple.  As the saying goes, less is more. Be sure to bring a comb and/or brush as well.  Accessories like hats, scarves, and sunglasses also can add to the shoot. For footwear, we recommend shoes or boots. But again, if you're wearing jeans, sneakers can work.  Once you pick out your outfits, look at yourself in the mirror, and ask yourself, "is this the look I want"

 

Girls Senior Portrait - Cluett-Schantz Memorial ParkGirls Senior Portrait - Cluett-Schantz Memorial ParkRosemarie's Senior Portrait Session, taken at the Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park in Milton NY

Girls Senior Portrait - Private Horse FarmGirls Senior Portrait - Private Horse FarmSenior Portrait Session

Girls Senior Portrait - Minnewaska State ParkGirls Senior Portrait - Minnewaska State ParkHailey's high school senior portrait session taken in studio at Myles Studio Photography Inc.  

 

For boys and men, we recommend something formal like a tux or suit, or for boys, maybe a polo shirt. something casual like jeans, a T-shirt or casual button shirt, and/or something that he likes to wear often, like a sports jersey.  

Next, when your photo shoot is outdoors, neutral colors work well, like browns, blues, tans ect… But it does depend on the season.  For example, warm colors in the fall (think autumn leaves), cool colors in the winter, and more vibrant colors in the spring and summer.  If you can, new is better than used. (A good excuse to go shopping) Avoid sneakers and white or bright socks. 

  Boy's Studio Senior PortraitBoy's Studio Senior PortraitDevinhad his senior portrait taken by Myles Studio Photography, both in studio and on-location at Cluett Schantz Memorial Park. Male ModelModeling PortraitAn in studio portrait taken for modeling and acting. Boy's Senior Photo SessionBoy's Senior Photo SessionAdam Hovling's senior photo session taken at Myles Studio Photograhy in Highland NY.

And the most important advice is to have fun.  This is one of the most important events in your life. 

Girl's Graduation Photo SessionGirl's Graduation Photo SessionA high school senior portrait session taken in studio at Myles Studio Photography Inc. If you have any questions regarding what to wear, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at (845) 834-3480, or complete our contact form.     


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