What to Wear for Your Senior Pictures

It can be overwhelming to try and figure out what will look best, make you feel like a fashion model, and what will match your location and time of year for your senior portrait session! I wanted to write these helpful little tips to give you, the busy senior, some advice on what to wear so as to help you not stress out so much. You've got enough on your plate. ;) A good place to start is with the clothes you already have that you love; the ones you save for that special day when you need a little extra something, and figure out what it is you love about them! Here's a few more tips to try and pick that perfect outfit for your senior session!

Make a Mood Board

Is it your booties that you wear on the first day of school to clickity-clack down the hallways and announce your presence? Is it your dark blue lined dress that you only get to wear once or twice a year to special occasions? Figure out what it is about the clothes that you like, and make a mood board on Pinterest or in a folder on your laptop and keep pictures that remind you of those clothes, shoes, and accessories! Having a visual representation of your style will help you decide what to wear, how to accessorize, and what time of year would be best for your senior pictures. 

Senior photos at Lincoln Park Zoo

Light & lacy?

Senior pictures in Wicker Park Chicago

Or sweet & simple?

Get Inspiration From Your Friends

A lot of the time, we dress similarly or have the same taste as our best buds. I like to wear a lot of black, loose flowing, and floral patterned clothing - one of my best friends and I accidentally match almost every time we see each other! If you have a friend whose clothes you adore, ask if you can raid their closet and borrow some! Or if one of your friends has a pair of shoes or a jacket you really like, ask them where they got it and take a look around the store.

Find Other Pictures You Love

I keep a folder on my computer of all the pictures I took in the last year that I'm absolutely in love with, and use them to help guide me in my future photo taking adventures. To make this work for you find a few photos (10-15) that you've had taken of you by your friends, other photographers, etc., and put them into your inspiration folder. Soon you'll have a collection of some outfits that speak to you that you can show your photographer to ask for advice on!

Try Them Out

If you have so many options of outfits that you love and don't know which one will be the best choice,  try them out! Wear them out to school, to the mall, to your friends house, and see how each outfit makes you feel. Beautiful? Strong? Feminine? Try out your outfit ideas for a week or so and see which one makes you the most excited to leave the house. That might be the one you want to wear. :)

Katharine Hannah

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.