What to Wear- Denver Senior Photographer

May 16, 2018

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How are you feeling?  Hopefully with each new post you are feeling more and more confident about your senior session.  If you have missed the last few blogs about getting ready for your senior portrait session then click here to see the other tips and tricks I have been giving the last 2 weeks.

Today we are going to talk about what to wear.  This is a tricky one and probably the one that seniors (and their parents) spend the most time (and money) thinking and worrying about.

Here is part of my senior welcome packet that you get when you book your senior session with LiLo Photography.

I suggest bringing 3-4 outfits for your senior session.  A dressy outfit.


A casual outfit (or 2)

Something that represents you.  Do you have a favorite band?  Wear the shirt.  Are you in a sport….bring your jersey or uniform.


Think in terms of layers.  Wear a shirt and then put a jacket, vest, tie or scarf over the top.  Accessorize!  Bracelets, earrings, necklaces and shoes always help to add pops of color and interest to the photos.

Other things to think about.  What is your favorite color?  Is there a certain color that really brings out your eyes?  Wear that color!  Not sure about good colors?  Ask your mom or friends!

Guys:  find a pair of pants/jeans/shorts that you like and then pick out 2-3 shirts that go with them.  Then you can quickly change your shirt and we can move forward without having to stop for a lengthy change.  Don’t forget about your feet!!  Make sure you have shoes that aren’t dirty, gross or old.  Wear some converse, boat shoes or leather flip flops to make sure that your shoes don’t detract from the photos.  And leave the super baggy clothes at home!  Make sure you don’t look sloppy.

Ladies try not to wear anything that is really short or shows cleavage.  Think about a strapless bra so you aren’t having to constantly adjust the straps or make sure they aren’t showing.  Remember that you might be sitting, laying, squatting and kneeling for the pictures and you want to make sure you can do that in your outfits so you are comfortable and you don’t have anything showing!  Practice sitting, bending, laying and squatting in front of the mirror to be sure that your outfit works.  Other tricks for you girls….wear a cami and some shorts/spanx under your clothes.  That way you can change quickly and modestly!  I have a tent that I bring to help with changing but the faster you can change, the more time we have to take pictures!

I also suggest bringing something to change up your outfit without you having to completely change clothes.  For example, bring a hat, jacket or scarf to add to your outfit.  It will make the pictures look different without having to spend tons of time changing your clothes.  The more time you spend changing, the less time you have for pictures.  So it is best to maximize your time.

What NOT to wear.  Trendy things.  You want to keep it simple and timeless.  You don’t want to look back at your pictures in 10 years and laugh about what you are wearing.  Don’t wear tight or revealing clothes (ladies)…..make sure you can move around comfortably in what you are wearing.  If you are going to wear high heels or shoes that are tricky to walk in, you might want to bring some flip flops for walking and then switch to the cute shoes when we get to our picture location.

Light and airy colors are always nice.  Black and baggy clothes tend to make you look formless and therefore heavier than you are.  So if you are concerned about your weight, wear something more form fitting and then wear a jacket or shirt over the top to make you feel more comfortable.

Most importantly.  Wear something that you love and that makes you feel comfortable.  The more comfortable you are, the better the pictures look!  I am always here to help.  Feel free to text or email me pictures of your outfits and I can help you narrow it down!  Bring lots of options to your session and we can go through them when you get there and I can help you decide what will photograph the best.

Have more questions???  Send me an email or text!!  I can’t wait to see what outfits you come up with.

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I'm Lisa (aka LiLo), your new favorite branding strategist and brand photographer.

It's frustrating and defeating when you can't seem to create content that engages your audience. It can cause imposter syndrome and leaves you feeling like you are constantly on the hamster wheel making zero progress. I am here to help you create a vision, teach you to use your voice, help you craft eye-catching visuals and walk you through how to show up confidently and consistently in your marketing without feeling overwhelmed. Which means you will have more time and will be making more money without second guessing yourself! I can't wait to help you unlock the power of your brand.

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