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Whether you're comfortable having portraits taken or feeling a little awkward, these tips can make a big difference!  Preparing in advance will make your session easier, give you confidence and help create some great photos.

What should I wear for my photos?

Best shirt for graduation photos - men

Choose the right shirt:

The photos we take usually show your neckline, so it's important to plan what you wear on photo day.  You'll find a gallery of photos below that might help you decide.

For graduation photos, the gown has a v-neck that does not cover casual clothes like t-shirts.  Guys traditionally wear a shirt & tie, and ladies usually bring a tank top or other low-collar shirt that won't show.  If you are non-binary or want to try your own look that's no problem - what you wear is up to you! 

For professional headshots, choose an outfit that reflects the impression you're hoping to make.  A good rule of thumb is to be slightly more dressy for your photo than you will be in the workplace.

For casual and family photos, just plan ahead for the look you want.  Darker colours and solid or subtle prints are classic and will stand the test of time.  Try to avoid distracting elements like bright colours and bold patterns, as well as anything with text (unless perhaps it is a significant part of your photo). 

Best shirt for graduation photos - women

Details that matter:

Get yourself ready the way you would for a classy event or a nice dinner. 

Think of being a wedding guest, not a member of the bridal party - you could pay for a professional stylist, but you certainly don't need to.  You might plan a haircut a few days in advance; and of course shower and shave or do your makeup. 

Since you'll probably give these photos to your parents, it may also help to think about what they'd like to see.  (Hint: you want them to be happy!)

Have fun with it!

Professional photography can be serious - but it doesn't have to be too serious. 

If you like, personalize your portrait with accessories that mean something to you!  That can be something simple like your favourite book or hat, or over-the-top ideas like jumping clowns or live chickens!  (Yep, that happened.) 

There's no pressure of course - you will get a great set of photos either way - we just wanted to let you know that your ideas are welcome!

Check out a few ideas other people have had on our 'Fun Ideas' page! (Note that pets are welcome at our studio, but not at other locations due to allergy concerns.)

Thanks for visiting! We look forward to seeing you soon.


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