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preparing for your session | What to Wear

Selecting the Right Location: You might think "what am I going wear" would be your first question regarding your Senior Pictures. However, your first decision should be all about the location!  The location choice of your session is completely up to you. Try to think outside of the box. Think what you want as the backdrop to your photos. Are you wanting more of an urban, country or PNW vibe? I encourage you to brainstorm unique locations that you might have special access to that most people don’t, or places that just have a lot of meaning to you and your family. Spend some time on this…


Hair & Make-up: Have your hair and make-up done professionally. Unless you are a hair & make-up guru (which I am surely not... Ha ha) go pamper yourself, it will make a huge difference in your photos. For the longest time I never did this, until my wedding photos, now any family session we have I get my hair and make-up done professionally and it makes me feel 10x more confident during our sessions. Don’t forget to bring lipstick/gloss for touch ups!


Nails: Be sure that your nails are manicured nicely and either left natural, French manicured, or painted a pale pink. Try not to go too bold.

Outfits: Bring all of your outfits on hangers with all accessories attached to them. This ensures that you can change outfits quickly without taking up too much of your session time.

Bug Spray for spring/summer month: There is always a chance we might end up in a field with tall grass and in large natural area where mosquitos decide to join us.

The “DO’s” of choosing your outfits

DO choose outfits that are earth tones, neutrals, or soft pastels - These colors look best in combination with our style of photography. When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments, and especially compliments green grass and trees... So basically Washington…

If you love bright colors, the best way to incorporate brighter tones is having one or two outfit pieces that POP of that color. We want the attention to stay on you and your beautiful face, not the bold colored outfit.

DO dress in layers - It adds depth and texture to your outfit.

DO accessorize -  Hats, scarves, kimono-vest, headbands etc.

If an outfit change is apart of your session - Girl’s dresses/skirts are always fun and a good change from pants.

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The “Don’ts” of choosing your outfits

DON’T choose outfits that have large text, logo’s, graphics or patterns.


DON’T wear anything strapless. - Unfortunately, strapless dresses and shirts always create a “roll” where your arms meet your torso. They also cause you to look unclothed for close-up photos. If you find something you love that is strapless, try to find some type of sweater to wear with it.