Wardrobe Tips for Winning Senior Portraits

It getting to be that time of the year again and the most asked question I get is "what do I wear for my session?" Well. choosing the perfect wardrobe for senior portraits can be a fun and exciting experience. And it doesn't have to be hard. Here are some tips to help you create a stylish and timeless look for your senior portraits:

Start with solid colors: 

Solid colors are classic and timeless and look great in portraits. Choose colors that flatter your skin tone and complement your eyes and hair.

Avoid busy patterns:

Busy patterns can be distracting in portraits and take the focus away from you. Stick to simple patterns or solid colors.

Mix and match: 

Mixing and matching pieces can add interest and texture to your photos. Try pairing a solid top with a patterned skirt or vice versa.


Accessories can add a lot to your outfit and help you express your personality. Consider adding a statement necklace, a pair of earrings, or a scarf to your look. These items shouldn't be the focus of the image but complimentary pieces to your outfit.

Consider the location: 

Think about the location of your photo shoot when choosing your outfit. If you're taking photos outdoors, consider wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a jacket or sweater in case it gets cold.

Dress for the season: 

Make sure to dress appropriately for the season. If it's hot outside, wear lightweight, breathable fabrics. If it's cold, opt for layers and warmer fabrics.

Be comfortable: 

It's important to feel comfortable and confident in your outfit. Choose clothes that fit well and make you feel good.

Keep it timeless: 

Remember, these photos will be around for years to come. Avoid trendy or faddish clothing that may look dated in a few years.

By following these tips, you can create a stylish and timeless look for your senior portraits that you will love for years to come.

Ryan Nolan is a portrait and headshot photographer based in Steubenville, OH with 15 years of experience in the business. 

If you want to learn more about R Nolan Photography or are interested in booking your senior session feel free to contact me.