The Ultimate Senior Portrait Checklist: What to Wear, Bring, and Expect

Your senior year is a time of celebration and reflection, and what better way to commemorate this milestone than with a stunning senior portrait session? Whether you're eagerly awaiting your senior portraits or just starting to plan, we've got you covered with the ultimate senior portrait checklist. This comprehensive guide will help you prepare for your session, from wardrobe choices to props and everything in between.

High school seniors standing in the creek, holding hands and enjoying the refreshing water on a sunny day.


1. Classic Outfits: Start with a few classic outfit options. Solid colors and timeless styles work best, as they won't overshadow your personality or distract from your natural beauty. Think about outfits that reflect your personal style while keeping it elegant.

2. Variety is Key: Aim for a mix of casual and dressy outfits. Bring options like a formal gown or suit, a casual everyday outfit, and something that showcases your hobbies or interests. This variety will ensure a diverse range of images.

3. Color Coordination: Coordinate your outfits with your chosen locations. If you're shooting in a natural setting, earthy tones and pastels can complement the surroundings. In urban environments, bold and vibrant colors can pop against the backdrop.

4. Avoid Logos and Busy Patterns: Loud logos and busy patterns can be distracting in photos. Opt for clean, timeless patterns or solids for a polished look.

5. Accessorize: Don't forget to accessorize! Hats, scarves, jewelry, and even meaningful items like family heirlooms or sports gear can add a personal touch to your photos.

6. Comfortable Shoes: If your session involves a lot of walking or standing, bring comfortable shoes to wear between shots. You can change into your dressy shoes for the actual photos.

Friends from the senior class enjoying the natural beauty of the trail in Pittsburgh.
A group of high school seniors walking together on the trail, capturing a moment of camaraderie and friendship in nature
High school senior posing elegantly on the trail against a backdrop of trees and sunlight.


1. Makeup and Hair Touch-Up Kit: It's a good idea to have makeup and hair products on hand for quick touch-ups between shots. Blotting paper, lipstick, and hairspray can be lifesavers.

2. A Trusted Friend or Family Member: Having a supportive friend or family member with you can provide encouragement and help with minor adjustments like fixing your hair or holding accessories.

3. Props: If you have any props that represent your hobbies or interests, bring them along! Whether it's a musical instrument, sports equipment, or a favorite book, props can add depth and personality to your photos.

4. A Positive Attitude: Your attitude can make or break a photoshoot. Come with a positive mindset, and be open to trying different poses and expressions. Relax, and let your personality shine through!

High school seniors posed confidently on a picturesque creek in the greater Pittsburgh area.
High school seniors exploring a creek along the trail, as they dip their hair in the water.


1. Preparation: As your photographer, I will guide you through the process, so don't worry about knowing all the poses. I will help you look your best and capture your unique personality.

2. Multiple Locations: Be prepared to move to different locations during your session. I will likely have scouted out several spots to capture a variety of backgrounds, but we will plan that all prior to our session at our style consultation.

**3. Weather: **I f your session is outdoors, be prepared for different weather conditions. Bring layers or accessories to stay comfortable, and trust your photographer to make the most of the conditions.

4. Fun and Creativity: Senior portrait sessions are not only about capturing your image but also about having fun and being creative. Don't be afraid to express yourself and share your ideas with your me! I love making the session unique to you!

5. Patience: Portrait sessions take time, and the perfect shot may require some adjustments and retakes. Be patient and trust the process.

your guide to prepare for senior photographs in the pittsburgh area

Your senior portrait session should be a memorable and enjoyable experience. By following this ultimate senior portrait checklist, you'll be well-prepared for your session and ready to create lasting memories of your senior year. Remember, this is your time to shine, so relax, be yourself, and let your personality radiate through your photos.

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