Your senior photoshoot is booked, and it’s time to start thinking about how you want to look and what your want to wear so you can start preparing!  Where to begin?

I’ve written an entire Senior Portrait Style & Beauty Guide for my clients, and here just a couple of my favorite wardrobe, skin, hair & makeup tips from that guide to get you started!


Choose Variety – You have the opportunity to wear different outfits for your senior session, so aim for lots of variety! Bring outfits that are unique in color and mood. Think of both the special pieces you might not wear often because they’re impractical for day-to-day use, AND the go-to outfit you wear when you want to feel good. This is your chance not only to show your personal style, but also to go all out and dress like a movie star! You might even want to go shopping. borrow, rent ( or make your dream outfit!

Fit Your Form – Fitted clothing works best for photographs, especially along your top half (flowy skirts are fabulous but try to find tops that are more snug). Skip that billowy blouse or anything with large loose sleeves – while they look flattering in person, they will not look great in camera. This applies to all body types!

Layer Up & Accessorize – Cardigans, jackets, vests, scarves and wraps are great pieces for a flattering layered look. Simple jewelry and hair accessories will help complete each outfit. If you’re feeling spunky a cute hat or pair of glasses will be fun for a few!

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 find a patterned piece you fall in love with try to 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 or sports gear for a few fun photos!


Drink More Water – Start drinking tons of water right now if you don’t already – it will make your skin and hair healthier, and you’ll feel better!

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

Cover Roots & Get Trimmed – This is not the time for drastic hair changes! If it’s been a while since your last haircut, get a trim 3 – 7 days before your photoshoot. If you dye your hair, touching up your regrowth 3 days before your photoshoot is ideal.

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


Trust the Professionals – I recommend starting with professional hair styling and makeup application at the studio! Our team is trained & skilled at making you look and feel amazing before your photoshoot. If you don’t normally wear make-up, you’ll be amazed by how a talented artist can give you a polished look without overdoing it. Conversely, if you want to go full glam, they know how to apply makeup in a way that highlights your best features, yet leaves you still looking like yourself. It’s a delicate balance that an expert can handle best!

It’s all about the EYES – Eye makeup should be applied slightly darker than you want it to actually look. Neutral eye colors (taupes, browns, grays) will look best. One or two coats of mascara is a must.

Avoid Frizzy Hair – If your hair is frizz prone, schedule a professional conditioning treatment at a salon, or start using a deep conditioner at home. Use products that minimize frizz and hairspray on all those little fly-aways!

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