What to wear for your senior portrait session. Always such a daunting question, right? A lot of seniors seek my advice on this, so I decided to put together some tips to hopefully make it a little easier!
With up to 3 outfit changes, we can really do a lot of variety. I usually recommend doing two casual and one a little more dressy. It’s good to start with the basics clothing wise and build from there.
Guys: Start with a pair of dark jeans, a clean pair of sneaks and a solid tee. From there you can add button downs, blazers, sports uniforms…For your more dressy look maybe bring along a pair of leather shoes which can be added to the blazer and jeans combo for a totally different look.
Patterned tee’s are great with a pair of shorts. If you’re into music, bring along your favorite band tee.
Color is good! Just try and stay away from colors that are close to your skin tone.
Girls: Start with cute a pair of skinny jeans and a solid tank. From there you can throw on a denim jacket or a flowy top, switch from wedges to sandals or flats and there you have two totally different outfits. Dresses are cute, too. They require little fuss and are easy to accessorize.
If you are in sports, dance, gymnastics, if you play any instruments…Feel free to bring as many props as you wish!
Really, there’s no set rules to this stuff, these are just some tips to help you along the way. Above all, you just want to be you and be comfortable!!
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Getting to hang out with Mila is always a treat. She’s such a loving and happy little one, and she’ll chat with you about pretty much anything. After we hit the merry-go-round we got to talking about Kennywood, and she convinced me that I TOO want to ride the flying elephants. How does she do it? I don’t know how her parents say no to her…seriously. We walked around Phipps and played along the flowers, and getting toward the end of the shoot, she invited me to lunch. I love this girl. I was ready to drop all plans, but I figured I should be responsible. Next time, Mila ;)
How lucky am I to photograph Gina and Joe again, as they await their second baby boy! Gina is beautiful, elegant…just all around stunning (Joe, you ain’t so bad yourself!). They beam with love for each other and are amazing parents to little Giuseppe. Lil Giuseppe was there to join in the fun, too. I think he’s pretty excited to be a big brother, but I don’t know how he’s going to feel about sharing cookie time with mom with his little bro. ;)
It was a pleasure to meet Becky and her family and friends. The spirit at brunch was jovial, and everyone was so happy to come together and celebrate this lovely woman. Her advice on living a long happy life: don’t think about age, just live :)
The Pittsburgh Young Leadership Board made the 2014 Hearts & Hopes fundraiser a true success. I had the opportunity to shoot last years event, too, and it’s so exciting to see the wonderful turn out they get. The donators were invited to come and mingle, dine on an array of donated food & sweets and join in on a Chinese auction to win some awesome things (like a giant basket of wine!). I’m really honored to be able to capture Hearts & Hopes – congrats to the YLB for putting on such an incredible event.
So photographing in the snow was a little chilly, but it was also really awesome and magical. Samantha is a senior at Lincoln Park Performing Arts High School and the dancer in her shows not only in the arabesque, but in her poise, too. Every photo turned out elegant and perfect, with little help from me! We trekked around the city and Pitt Campus which lent us some beautiful backdrops as the snow fell. Can’t help but gush over these photos.
Congrats, Sam! I’m counting on you to make me famous one day :)