So, have you been trying to figure out what to wear for your fall senior session? Well, have I got a treat for you. I’m starting a series to help you navigate getting those outfits together. I’m going to show you what my favorite looks the last few years are and why they work for camera and Senior photos.
When you are putting together your senior looks it’s important to consider what time of year you are getting them done in. If you live here in Missouri, you know that the weather is unpredictable. I just did a late September session and it was 95 degrees. When considering fall, even if it’s warm out, it looks a little strange to wear a sleeveless springy outfit if all the leaves have turned. Keep it in mind as you choose. Also, Senior portraits are special. Make sure your outfits are your best! My personal feeling is that you should go dressier than the everyday. Even if you are going to wear jeans, there are ways to dress it up and make it special.
Another aspect to consider in choosing outfits is how they will look together on the wall in a collage. Be mindful of the final product will look all together.
Okay, let’s look at three beauties that did their fall style perfectly…
Alex chose so well here. The fall tones are perfect for the time of year and for her skin tone. The scarves add beautifully and dress the outfits up a bit. She didn’t add too much other jewelry, but didn’t need it as the scarf is a statement piece. Although you can wear prints, solid colors are always a safe choice as prints can sometimes be distracting if they are too busy or add weight.
Alex’s last outfit is a patterned romper that says fall. To offset that it’s cooler out and she was in a shorts romper, she smartly paired it with dark nylons and knee high black suede boots. She did add earrings and the whole look works. Just a side note, as we begin photographing, I always look for places that are going to make the outfit shine. I love how the Stone and wood just looks like the outfit was made for this moment.
One trend I’ve been seeing over and over in the last few years is the giant shift dresses that have no waist. Although the look may be popular, please avoid it for your pictures. It tends to not be a flattering look in camera. A tiny girl looks like she’s lost in it and an average to above average sized girl will unfortunately look bigger than she is in it. Save that look for fun, not your portaits. With all the options out there, try and find something that has a waist to it. More fitted looks photograph the best.
Ellis choose a fitted jacket paired with dark jeans and a shirt for the first look shown. I love the choice of olive green here and I found it photographed so beautifully in the red leaves. She also wore some great ankle boots with this, always a great choice. I’m also in love with this wine color that has been really big the last few falls. Notice Ellis’s waist shows in it as the dress is made to have one. The off the shoulder makes it a little bit dressy. She paired the dress with a long necklace, which polishes the look off.
Next, let’s take a look at Lauren’s look. I remember this being such a cold day, but she knocked it out of the park with these looks. She chose a patterned dress, but the patterns on it are small black and white, so they don’t overpower her in it. The dress is an empire waist, but isn’t so loose that she gets lost in it. To dress it up, make it say fall a bit more, and pull in the waist even further, she paired it with a fitted black jacket. A pop of that wine color dresses the look up and says fall! She also wore high heel ankle shoes, which I recommend. A higher heel always lengthens the legs. She finished the look off with a long necklace and a pair of earrings.
You know you’re getting up there in age when you see the looks you used to wear coming back in style. Turtlenecks, higher waists, courderoy, and tights are all back. Lauren kept a polished look with all of it. The olive green color is in style and says fall. Solid black is always flattering, and the polkadot tights are a fun little pop of style.
Well, I hope that gives you an insight on how to pull together your outfits for your fall senior session. Stay tuned for the next installment in this series.