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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.

client for life program

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!!!



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.


Thank you for a great year

— 12/23/2016 by Monika Wertman —

We had a great year working with so many of you!  It was fun and exciting and sometimes a bit more challenging than expected, and we got awesome images.

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Here is a quick look back over the last 12 months, highlighting some of our favorite shots from this year.

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This year we got to play with newborns, expecting moms, brides, fun seniors and awesome families.  Several of you were repeat clients and we love you for it!  Some of you were new to Wertman Photography.  We want to thank you for putting your trust in us!

bride , groom and best man couple


family interaction

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business shots

dancer and flour dance from the wings

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senior tuba player engaged couple

fun with couples


sisters fun at the museum

sleeping child

Here is wishing you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and fun time with your family and friends.

brother and sister

Enjoy the look back over the year and come join us again in 2017.


Fun and Talented High School Seniors

— 12/02/2016 by Monika Wertman —

We had some fun and talented High School Seniors this year.  For the first time ever, we also had seniors late into fall, which made for an interesting journey into colors, leaves, cool weather and locations.

Here is looking back at some of the fun we had and some of our favorites from this year.  We spanned the interests these young adults had as well, giving us an opportunity to play with some new ideas as well as explore what makes these students tick.

There was Jake, a Criminal Justice major at our local technical high school.  He also plays lacrosse but plans to go into law enforcement so we reached out to our friends at the police to arrange for some unique photos.

senior law enforcement

Jake also loves his pooch, so we incorporated his pet into the session as well.

senior with pet

Showcasing both his love for his major in high school and his love for lacrosse led to this image:

lacrosse senior

Then we had Amanda who plays several sports, balancing her love for sports with her academics and who had several ideas of what she wanted out of her session, something we always discuss in our consultations and implement as much as we can, giving it our own unique twist.

senior girl soccer softball

Amanda is a very pretty young lady and we felt that we should showcase that as well as her athleticism.

senior girl

And then we also created a composite for Amanda as she is also in the marching band at her high school.

senior composite

One more as it is our favorite from this session:)

senior softball girl

Another male soon-to-be graduate we worked with this fall wanted to go hike to Wolf Rock, described to us as a walk, that turned into quite an adventure as I discovered that wearing heels was not very practical as we had to actually hike up a mountain for this session.

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This young man also had his own ideas and we took advantage of what nature supplied.

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Another one of our girls this year is an artist and we showcased this both in studio and out at a local park as well as downtown.  Here are some of our favorites from this lovely young lady’s session:

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senior girl artist

senior girl artist

Jimmy is a theatre student at our local Performing arts high school and was a lot of fun to work with.  His session was off the cuff, as he did not originally want to get his senior pictures done and followed mom’s lead when she made him do it.  We had a lot of fun improvising his session and got some great shots out of it.

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The following image is at the old YMCA building downtown he used to swim at as a child.  Sweet memories.

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And this in the back of Barbara Ingram School of the Arts, his high school.

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Another favorite from this fall is the following sweet gal, also a theatre student at BISFA, Bailey, who was wonderful to work with.  Her acting talent was very apparent and we had a hoot working with her.

senior girl actress

Our local theatre was gracious and let us use the space for the first half of our session.  The folks at the Maryland theatre are always great to us.

senior girl actress

We then travelled up to Bedford, PA for outdoor pictures and a place Bailey’s family is very fond of.  We love exploring new places and this one was a gem.

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senior girl actress covered bridge

Our last senior for this fall is a young musician, also at BISFA.  He plays the tuba, sax and flute and is a very enthusiastic musician who was open to great ideas and willing to give everything I suggested a try.  This was a treat for us as he was the first classical musician I had ever worked with and the first one who plays wind instruments.  This session was a fun adventure.

tuba senior musician

tuba senior musician

yes, we had to play with the smokey feel of a club.

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great textures in our alleyways downtown

sax senior musician

and who can resist the sax?

I hope you have enjoyed our look back at some of our favorite seniors from this year.  Please vote for your favorite image.  The winning senior will receive a magnet of their favorite image and you will be added to a drawing for a free family session for up to 5 people just for voting.  What could be better?

Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we can customize a session of any kind for you and yours.  We will be glad to work with you.  301-693-3021


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