10 Things NOT to Wear – Senior Portraits

Curtis Hixon Park Senior Photo
example of what to wear

What you wear on your senior session is a way to say who you are and what your style is. So what you wear is an important piece of the process when it comes to senior photos telling your unique story. And just as important as what to wear is what you NOT to wear on a senior session!

After years of photographing seniors, I have learned what looks good and what doesn’t look good in senior photos. Here is a list of the top 10 things NOT to wear for your senior photos:

The NO NOs

Wrinkled clothing You want to make sure your clothes look their best in your photos so make sure you iron them prior to your session. Wrinkles make it appear as though you did not care or take the time to prep for your session.

Tight Clothing You want to make sure your clothes fit properly. If your clothes are too tight they may be uncomfortable which can result in photos that are the best. Plus, tight clothing will limit your posing capability.

Oversized Clothing The opposite of tight clothing is clothing that is too big and you don’t want that either! Oversized clothing can be trendy but it doesn’t allow you and your shape to be seen and you could get lost inside the clothes.

Too Trendy I love a good fashion trend but super trendy clothing will date your photos. So make sure you use trends sparingly or mixed with more traditional pieces so your photos look good many years from now.

Too Old You want to dress your age so make sure to choose clothing that is appropriate for a teen. Sometimes moms can try to influence what their daughters wear and force an item from their closet. Just make sure you are wearing clothing that is age appropriate for you.

Crazy Patterns This does not mean you have to wear all solids! NO! But it does mean to choose patterns wisely. Make sure the pattern doesn’t overwhelm you or take away from you as the subject of the photo.

All the same color Your absolute favorite color could be purple but make sure that every piece of clothing for your senior shoot is not purple. Choose different colors so that your photos show variety.

All the same style of clothing Just like with color, you want your outfits to be a good variety. So don’t wear all dresses or don’t wear jeans and just switch the top for all your outfits. Mix it up and bring a dress, a jeans or pants outfit, a skirt, etc.

Colored or patterned undergarments There is nothing worse that seeing the undergarment through the clothes! Make sure you choose nude and remember to bring the appropriate undergarment for each outfit.

Brand Logos Your shoot is about you not a specific brand so make sure you are wearing logofree clothing.

The Looks to Strive For

Class of 2023
Tampa Senior Spokesmodel
University of South Florida
Tampa FL Senior Portrait

Check out some Class of 2023 Seniors

Alyssa – Hyde Park Tampa Florida

Sierra – Curtis Hixon Park Tampa Florida

Gabby – Downtown Dunedin Florida

Tampa Florida Senior Photographer

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February 6, 2023



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