How to Stay Stylish for Senior Portraits
By Kalin of The Divine Presence
This is a refreshing perspective on clothing, with encouraging words on staying true to yourself. High school (and beyond) can be such a challenging time, and the pressure to follow along with the current trends can sometimes be overwhelming. It is important to be comfortable in the clothes you wear -- whether or not they are in line with the latest trends.
Senior year, what an exciting time, right? Senior portraits are so important to remember that special time in your life, and it's important to make sure that you don't regret your hairstyle, outfit choice and etc years later! When picking your clothes, you not only want to make sure everything goes well and accentuates your natural beauty, but you want it to reflect your style -- whether you choose a frilly sundress or old cowboy boots! After all, these portraits are OF you and FOR you!
First off, you need to make sure your outfit isn't too tight or too baggy. Tight clothes often reveal everything that we don't want them to, but you also don't want the clothes to be so baggy that you can't see your shape. Portraits can make you look a bit different than you do in real life, sometimes making you look smaller or bigger, all depending on your clothing choice! Ill-fitting clothes can also be a HUGE annoyance during longer photoshoots - who wants to be tugging at pants all day long or pulling the neckline of a dress up? Here are a few standard tips to keep you looking your best!
Selecting Pants That Are Flattering
You should be able to grasp handful of fabric on thighs, knees and groin area. This will make different poses and etc much, much easier.
Your pants need to be loose enough so you can bend down, jump, etc without the pants/jeans riding too low.
You don't want to have to constantly be tugging on your jeans or pulling them up during the shoot! These issues will be annoying, and are a sign of a bad fit.
Picking Out Flattering Shirts
You should be able to bend over without revealing too much chest. If it doing so does reveal too much, you can try adding a layering tank, or even a tube top, underneath for coverage.
Like the pants, having to worry about a neckline that is exposing too much would become quite an annoyance during a longer photo shoot, and may even limit how you can be photographed (you need to make sure you can do more than one kind of pose).
Shirts should not crease in-between chest. This is a tell-tale sign of a poorly fitted shirt!
Your shirt should loose enough for you to grasp fabric on your stomach area. Tight clothing can make the most petite person in the world look larger, and vice versa for baggier clothing.
Make sure your clothing doesn't show all of your lines from undergarments, etc.
Choosing Flattering Dresses/Skirts
The same rules apply for dresses as for shirts. Additionally, knee Length and below is typically best so you don't have to be quite as careful during the different poses and moving around during the shoot. If you decide to wear something shorter, try pairing it with a pair of shorts or leggings underneath! They won't be visible for photos, but they make moving around much easier!
You should be able to bend down, squat, jump, etc without the waistline riding down or revealing too much upper-leg.
Make sure you can grasp a handful of fabric on the thigh area of the dress/skirt. Just like with tighter shirts, dresses/skirts can cause unflattering lines.
Stylish Makeup + Hair
As for makeup/hair, keep it simple! Senior photos are for showing who you are at that point of time. Don't stray to far from your personality and what you normally wear! It's always good to wear a bit more makeup than you would on a normal day because different lighting and such can make you look washed, but don't go overboard!
Sparkles and glitter are typically not a good idea because it can look like dry skin or dandruff. Pack a little makeup bag with you for the shoot so you can remove or add more if needed and do touch-ups!
Your Style Should Stay True To Yourself
I know how hard it is to remain true to yourself, especially during high school years and later on! We get so much pressure from everyone, especially us girls, to mold ourselves into what the world wants us to be. I know that I've gone through so many phases, so many styles, so many changes, and it is extremely hard and confusing! Use this time to get to know YOU better! God created you to be the person that you are; don't change yourself because of society's standards and desires.
Make your own rules! Don't worry about modeling yourself after someone else when taking these photos, use it as a time to show off your own personality, as fancy, quirky or casual it may be.
Think about bringing something special with you to make the senior photo shoot even better. If you play an instrument, ask if you can incorporate it! If you have a passion for a certain era of the past, add a vintage flair. If you have a passion for something, show it off and make it your own. Make these photos something to be proud of, something that shows your individuality and passions.
As someone who is so passionate about modesty and being different from the world, I know how difficult it is to hear people's laughter and mocking. I've been teased a lot, and I would be lying if I said it got easier! The only thing that keeps me from caving in is the fact that I know God gave me these convictions and passions for a reason, He made me different for a reason!
No matter who you are, God made you into the person that you are today, tomorrow and 10 years from now. Those people only criticize because they are insecure about themselves. They have problems, just as we do. They have insecurities, just as we do. Remember to stay true to yourself no matter how hard it may be.
And I'm not just talking about for senior photos. :)
About the Author: This is a guest article from a Kalin of The Divine Presence. Kalin originally wrote this as a teen living on a small farm in Tennessee with her five older sisters and one younger brother. She was homeschooled, loves to write, and enjoys spending time with her animals.
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