Outfit tips for high school senior guys Portraits

The most common question I get as a photographer is, “What should I wear for my photoshoot?”.  Choosing outfits for your high school senior session doesn’t have be stressful.  Simple is better, and you probably have most of what you need already in your closet.  Here are some of my outfit tips for high school senior guys…


Choose Variety – You have the opportunity to wear different outfits for your senior session, so aim for variety. Bring outfits that are unique in color and mood. You’ll want the go-to outfit you wear on a regular basis AND something nicer from your closet that you wear for special occasions.

Fit Your Form – Fit is one of the most important aspects of choosing clothing for portraits. Skip anything that is too big on you – big boxy shirts might be comfortable but they will NOT look great in camera. On the flip side, if clothing is too skin tight it will look and feel uncomfortable especially for photos where you are sitting down.  Try everything on!!

Layer Up & Accessorize – Sweaters, jackets, vests, and even nicer sweatshirts are really great pieces to bring for layering which adds interest without being too overwhelming to the eye. If you’re into sunglasses, hats, shoes, etc. make sure you bring some of your favorites!

Avoid Too Much Pattern – Avoid busy and high-contrast patterns which are distracting for portraits. Solid colors or very simple patterns will work much better. If you have a patterned shirt you love see if you can simplify the look with a solid colored layer.

No-go On The Logo – Logos or graphics are definite “don’ts”. Unless it’s your college sweatshirt, sports gear, or something super special to you that you want to highlight for a few photos!


Trim Hair – This is not the time for drastic hair changes! I recommend a simple trim 1 – 2 weeks before your photoshoot.

Clean up facial Hair – Beards and goatees should be trimmed up nicely. Nose hairs should be taken care of. Stray or unruly eyebrows should be plucked.

Take care of Nails – Make sure that your nails (and toenails if you’re bringing sandals for any beach shots) are trimmed and clean.

Prep your Smile – Start whitening your teeth at home with whitening strips or whitening toothpaste.

Drink More Water – Start drinking tons of water right now if you don’t already – it will make your skin and hair look healthier in your photos.

Avoid the Sun – Sunburn and tan lines are difficult to retouch. If you’ll be outside a lot in the weeks before your photoshoot, keep the sunscreen handy to avoid weird tan lines or sunburn.

For more information on booking your senior photoshoot, visit my Senior Portrait page!  To book your session contact me!

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