High School Senior Portraits

Styling Tips: How to Choose the Perfect Outfit for Your Senior Photo Shoot

— 03/10/2023 by Monika Wertman —

Senior photoshoots are an exciting adventure.

It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your unique style and personality while capturing memories that will last a lifetime. But with so many outfit options available, it can be daunting to choose the perfect look. In this article, we’ll explore expert styling tips to help you choose the perfect outfit for your senior photo shoot.

Understanding the Theme and Setting

Before selecting your outfit, it’s essential to understand the theme and setting of your photoshoot. The theme may be formal or casual, and the setting may be outdoors or indoors. Understanding these factors will help you select an outfit that complements the overall vibe of your photoshoot. For example, if your senior session is outdoors in the fall, consider wearing layers and warm tones to complement the natural surroundings.

It’s also important to consider any props that you will use during your session. For example, if you’re taking photos with a vintage car, you may want to wear an outfit that complements the car’s style and era. By understanding the theme and setting, you can select an outfit that complements the overall aesthetic of your session.

Choosing the Right Colors and Fabrics

When selecting your outfit, consider the colors and fabrics that will complement your skin tone and body type. If you have a warm skin tone, consider wearing earthy tones like olive, rust, or mustard. If you have a cool skin tone, consider wearing jewel tones like emerald, sapphire, or ruby. When selecting fabrics, consider the texture and weight of the material. For example, lightweight fabrics like chiffon or cotton are perfect for a summer session, while heavier fabrics like wool or velvet are ideal for a fall or winter session.

Dressing for Your Body Type

Selecting an outfit that flatters your body type is crucial for feeling confident and comfortable during your senior session. If yours is an hourglass figure, consider wearing a fitted dress or high-waisted pants to accentuate your curves. If you have a pear-shaped figure, consider wearing an A-line dress or skirt to balance your silhouette. It’s important to select an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident, regardless of your body type.

Think about the neckline and length of the garment you are pondering. If you have a shorter torso, choose a V-neckline to elongate your frame and if you have longer legs, consider wearing a knee-length dress to balance your proportions.

Accessorizing with the Perfect Shoes and Jewelry

Accessories can enhance your outfit and add a personal touch to your senior photos. When selecting shoes, consider the terrain of the session location. If you’re taking photos in a park or on a beach, consider wearing comfortable flats or sandals. If you’re taking photos in a more formal setting, consider wearing heels or dress shoes. It’s important to select shoes that are comfortable and complement your outfit.

When selecting jewelry, consider the neckline of your outfit. If you’re wearing a high neckline, consider wearing statement earrings or a bracelet to draw attention to your face. If you’re wearing a low neckline, consider wearing a necklace that complements the neckline. Select jewelry that complements your outfit without overwhelming it.

Hair and Makeup Tips for Senior Photoshoots

Consider using a professional for hair and make-up, since both are important factors during your senior session. It’s important to select hairstyles and makeup that complement your outfit and personal style. Consider the weather conditions and the overall vibe of your session before deciding on your hairstyle. If you’re taking photos outdoors on a windy day, wearing your hair in a sleek ponytail or a low bun may be the best option. Loose curls and open hairstyles will suit just fine on a calm day or for indoor pictures.

Make-up should be a bit more accentuated for your session as you will be lit by a combination of artificial and natural light. Stay away from shiny finishing sprays as they will make you look greasy in your photos and instead choose a matte finishing spray and matte lip colors. Your make-up look should compliment your outfit choices as well.

Tips for Guys: What to Wear for Senior Photoshoots

When selecting an outfit for your senior session, consider your personal style and the overall vibe of your photo shoot. If you prefer a more casual look, consider wearing a fitted t-shirt or a button-down shirt with jeans or khakis. If you prefer a more formal look, consider wearing a suit or blazer with dress pants.

It’s important to select an outfit that complements your body type and personal style. If you have a lean build, consider wearing slim-fit clothing to accentuate your frame. If you have a stockier build, consider wearing looser-fitting clothing to balance your proportions.

Tips for Girls: What to Wear for Senior Photoshoots

Consider your personal style and the overall vibe of your photo shoot as you choose your outfits for the session. Love a casual look, consider wearing a fitted t-shirt or a flowy sundress. If you prefer a more formal look, consider wearing a cocktail dress or a maxi dress.

Creating Multiple Outfits for Different Looks

If you’re unsure of which outfit to wear for your senior session, consider creating multiple outfits for different looks. You can select outfits that range from casual to formal or outfits that showcase different aspects of your personality. By creating multiple outfits, you can add variety to your session and capture different aspects of your personal style.

When creating multiple outfits, consider selecting pieces that can be mixed and matched. For example, a statement jacket or a pair of shoes can be worn with multiple outfits to create different looks.

Conclusion: Final Thoughts and Recap of Tips

Your senior photoshoot is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase your unique style and personality. By following expert styling tips, you can select the perfect outfit that complements the theme and setting of your photoshoot. From selecting the right colors and fabrics to accessorizing with the perfect shoes and jewelry, there are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect outfit. By selecting an outfit that flatters your body type and makes you feel confident and comfortable, you can create memories that will last a lifetime.

25% off your Senior Session Fee during July 2020

— 07/09/2020 by Monika Wertman —


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Are you ready for the most unique SENIOR PICTURES?

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Book your session before July 31, schedule it later.

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Check out our senior’s page here.

Ready to have fun capturing great photos of all that makes you special?

Fill out the form below to find how to take advantage of this special offer!

Be a Client for Life

— 04/16/2020 by Monika Wertman —

We want you as a Client for Life!!


While we have always had this option of purchasing a client for life membership, we only offered it when you booked your wedding with us.  Well, it is time to change that!!  So here it is, a chance to sign up for this exciting opportunity with an easy monthly installment plan.  As a client for life subscriber you receive first dibs at specials and subscriber only print and product exclusives.

Please see the photo below for the family CFL program and its two options of signing up for it.

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The other option within the program is designed for business branding clients.  Since our branding collections are all inclusive, the client for life program builds onto the collections to keep your brand updated on an annual basis while making it easy on your pocketbook.

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From now until April 30, 2020 you will receive a $35 print credit when you sign up for the family CFL program and 5 additional photos with the subscription to the branding CFL program as a Thank You for joining!

Please fill out the form below indicating which Client for Life subscription you would like to start, and yes, you can do both, and we will contact you to schedule a Skype consultation to answer any questions and to finish your registration.  We will also get you scheduled for your first session later this summer when we get to capture all of your precious moments again.  WE look forward to working with you on a regular basis and to ensure that all of your photography needs are met each and every year!

Calling all Class of 2020 Seniors

— 04/15/2020 by Monika Wertman —

Calling on all current Class of 2020 Seniors.

Please fill out the form below to participate!  We want to hear from you!

We want to create something special for you and need to know how you feel about the current situation, what makes you sad, what are you celebrating, what do you wish you could do?

All feelings are valid and any ideas you may have about what you may like to help you celebrate your senior accomplishments in a non-traditional way will be considered. Just contact us and dump your thoughts, wishes and ideas.


During the first week of May we will announce what we will do for you and draw a lucky winner from those of you who participated. You do not have to be a current client, but you will need to have participated through either our Facebook post, Instagram post or the form below.

Let’s celebrate you in new and unique ways!  We are here to help and want to hear from you!!!



Gift Cards for Sessions or Artwork

— 03/27/2020 by Monika Wertman —

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Gift cards for sessions or artwork are a great way to support our business during these times of social distancing!  We are restricted in how we can work with you, but you can still secure that you will be able to use us when this is all over!  Whether you are a new client or a returning client, we can send you a gift card virtually to keep you safe.  You may use the gift card now to purchase wall art from a recent session to send to a loved one, such as a parent or grandparent.  Our labs are on top of safety during this virus and your order will arrive directly from there, ready to hang on any wall you want to decorate.  We will gladly create a mock-up of the space you want to fill to show you what it will look like in your space.  Just send us a picture of your blank wall and we will create the look you want.  We will to also be happy to consult with you via Skype to figure out sizes and finishing styles.

Here is a sample of what two canvases or metals can look like hanging side by side: room mock up, pictures on wall

For those of you who want to work with us at a later date but want to take advantage of your tax return or other pay-outs, purchase your certificate now and use it later.  We can set up a Skype consultation to discuss your plans and get you on our calendar in July, August or September after this virus runs its course.

Whatever your pleasure and comfort level, we are here for you to bring a bit of sunshine and joy into this odd time we are muddling through together.


Searching for Senior Reps: Class of 2021!

— 11/05/2019 by Monika Wertman —

We are looking for 4 outgoing, fun, active seniors to join our Senior Rep team!
If this sounds like you, we’d love for you to send in an application here!

Attention Class of 2021! Wertman Photography is looking for 4 Senior Reps to join the team!As a Senior Rep, you receive a Free Session, Referral Cards and Digital Codes, and SpecialInvitations to Promo Shoots. With your referrals and a great social media presence, you could earn free Graduation Cards, Gift Cards, Print Credit, and more! Things we like to see in applicants: Outgoing, Positive Attitude, Involved with School Activities, Comfortable in Front of a Camera, Exciting Social Media. If this sounds like you, ask us how to apply.

Thesis Work with Dancers

— 04/16/2018 by Monika Wertman —

Thesis Work with Dancers


As I am continuing to pursue my Masters degree in photography, I have entered the thesis zone.


I have been working with 4 young and talented young dancers for the last few months and as I gather more and more images that will eventually become a book about the life of dancers, exploring what it takes to be committed to this wonderful and challenging art form, I get to play with one of my favorite things of all time.  Dance.

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These were captured while I worked with the help of my wonderful parents to get the lights situated correctly behind the scrim.

In this latest shoot with 3 of my 4 dancers at the Maryland Theatre, we played with silhouettes (my 4th dancer had just had a change in schedule and could not join us that day, but luckily she is back to having that week day open again).


We all had fun. i always give these athletes and artists a chance to be creative with me and try new things, and give me their ideas.

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It makes for a more interactive and fun shoot and the images always show that.

Then there are a few shots of jumps, and poses.


We also played with shadows which required me to climb into the rafters along the side of the stage.

And lastly and shot from above for the shadow, but creating a dilemma for me as I am not sure if I like the black and white version better or the soft color.


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