what to wear



ahhhh… this is the fun part! we encourage you to bring SEVERAL outfits, and we will help you to select the best ones for your session. for example, if you choose the lookbook session we recommend bringing at least 6 outfits (or more). we may not get to them all, but it will give us a great idea as to your style and ‘look’ so that we can give you the best experience possible.


  •  we do NOT recommend clothing with high contrast between items. for example, a black shirt with a white skirt. your eyes are naturally drawn to the area of highest contrast in the image, which in this case would be the skirt (making your hips look larger than they are). your focus in portraits should most often be your face, and high contrast clothing detracts from this while making parts of your body appear larger (the ones covered with the light clothing).  pair lights with lights, and darks with darks.
  •  be conscious of parts of your body that might make you uncomfortable.  for example, if you are uncomfortable with the way that your upper arms look, avoid sleeveless and strapless shirts and dresses as they will make your arms appear larger.
  •  group your outfits together ON HANGERS.  clothing in a bag or laid over your arms will become wrinkled, will not look good in your portraits, and cannot be fixed after the session.
  •  VARIETY!  be sure to bring a variety of outfits to show all of your looks.  it’s always a good idea to bring long-sleeved options even when being photographed in the summer.
  •  TANNING – while a little color is nice, be sure not to overdo it for your session.  tan lines are not attractive (if you have them, best to avoid outfits that show them).  also – too much color will make you appear larger in your portraits (especially in your face) as the color removes the highlights and shadows from your skin. Skip the spay tan- most have a tendency to photograph orange unless an oompa-loompa is the look your going for! Your natural skin tone is YOU and BEAUTIFUL.
  •  fingernails – they show!  we recommend having a manicure prior to your portrait session and to stick with neutral colors. Over the top colors & designs can be distracting in your portraits.





MAKEUP (this part is just for girls!)

makeup is probably the most critical part of your portrait session. even if you do not regularly wear makeup – or don’t wear ‘much makeup’ – you need the appropriate amount applied for your portraits to look their best. based on the application, makeup can make you look ‘natural’, ‘glamorous’, ‘sophisticated’, and more.

Photography By E. provides a make-up artist we continually work with that can provide you with the perfect look for you. Its the prefect start to the most amazing photos of you that you will cherish for years to come.



your hair should reflect YOU, and your own style. senior portraits are not a time to try new ‘looks’ for your hair that you do not normally do. any cuts or color should be done at least a week prior to your session to ensure they look their best. also, you can change up your hair during your session – add accessories, pull it up, curl it (time permitting), and more!