My goal has always been to give my clients photos that look and feel like them (and maybe even a little better)! Today I am sharing my best styling tips for senior girls to help with this goal!
I like to call my senior girls mini brides, because it is so true. You have been dreaming about your senior photos since freshman year, if not earlier! You know exactly how you want the photos to look and have it planned even before you meet with the photographer. And I LOVE it!
And It is my job to help you take those photos you have been dreaming of and make it reality!
Although every senior girl has experienced this excitement of senior photos, they quickly becomes stuck when it comes to styling their outfits. I am here to help and give you the inside scoop on what looks good on camera and what to avoid!
Here are a few of my favorite styling tips for senior girls to create dreamy photos that still look and feel like you!
1. Dress it Up!
This is your chance to do it up! Remember: there’s no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your portrait session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! Wear the beautiful heels and have your makeup done. It is not every day you have the opportunity to dress it up, so take advantage of it!
Dresses and skirts tend to look most stunning on camera because they really flatter the female body.
I love long, flowy dresses or skirts because they’re flattering on all body types. They look amazing on camera and bring extra movement and dimension to your photos. Maxi (or floor length) skirts and dresses will give us the best “twirl factor.” Cute, shorter cocktail-length dresses or midi skirts photograph beautifully as well.
If you don’t want to spend a ton of money adding a new permanent piece to your wardrobe, I have heard that Rent the Runway is a wonderful option because you don’t have to spend a lot to feel like a million bucks. Plus, you can send the outfits back when the session is over! Some of my clients love having an excuse to go shopping and purchase a new permanent piece (or two!) for their wardrobe –– and that’s okay, too! Whatever works for you!
I recommend that you bring multiple outfits to your session. Most of my clients have one look that is a little dressier and another shorter dress for a more casual look. This will give you lots of variety in your photos.
2. Wear Soft Tones
I always suggest that you wear softer neutral tones. Colors that are more pastle like blush pink, creams, white, baby blues, grays always look very feminine. This makes sure that the attention stays where we want it… on you! It will also make your photos more timeless, simple, and classy.
If your style is a little jazzier, don’t worry you can add to your look in other fun ways. But for the main pieces, I recommend wearing elegant neutrals.
Make sure you avoid wearing bright, bold colors. Colors like bright reds, oranges, bright pinks will often reflect the color onto your skin and the photos do not look as true to life. Also try and avoid fabrics with busy patterns. This makes the photos feel busy and distracting.
3. It is All in the Accessories!
Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can really help bring some extra dimension to your images.
Whether it’s a necklace, belt, bracelet, earrings, hat, or scarf, bringing an accessory or two can bring great visual interest to your photos, so choose one or two that don’t compete for attention when paired together.
For example, if you go with bolder earnings, you might want to choose a humbler necklace, or maybe even no necklace at all.
Make sure you are being consistent with your personal style. We want the photos to still show who you are. So, if you’re more like me and don’t love to wear bolder necklaces, go with a simple, delicate one and maybe a more chunky shoe.
Hopefully, by me sharing my best styling tips for senior girls this makes preparing for your session a little less challenging. And this will bring you one step closer to having those dream senior photos! At the end of the day, the outfits you wear won’t matter nearly as much as the fun we have together and the memories you make.
The style choices you make will definitely enhance your photos, but the most important accessory to bring with you is joyfulness –– which is the one that makes the biggest difference in your photos anyways!