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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.

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!!!



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.

prepping    resting

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.

on pointe      on pointe

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.


To continue to follow this story unfold, make sure to check non on our Facebook page

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.

senior hike

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

senior guy

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:

senior girl artist

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.

senior theatre student

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

senior theatre student

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

senior theatre student

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.

senior girl actress

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.

 senior musician

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


Playing with Flour

— 10/19/2016 by Monika Wertman —

dancer and wind

Playing with flour is something I have wanted to do for a while.  Last summer I had a senior in the studio who was enrolled in the culinary program at the local high school and we played with flour a little, yielding some great shots.  A few months later I saw an image that combined flour and dancers and I wanted to do something similar.  I love dance being a dancer myself and the mother of a dancer, so combining dance with flour is natural.

dancer and flour

The first order of business was to secure one of my favorite dancers I have worked with before, presenting me with a challenge as Nutcracker rehearsals have started.  It left us with a 5 pm starting time on a Sunday afternoon.  The second order of business was to find an empty, industrial space we could make a mess in.  One of my business associates offered the use of such a space.  At 5pm we had some natural light left that entered through a strip of windows to our left, but we were able to control the rest of the light and by the time we were almost done, the natural light was fading quickly.

dancer and flour

This was so much fun!  Maddie, my dancer, is a blast to work with.  She is beautiful, graceful and follows instructions wonderfully.  She had some of her own ideas that we incorporated as well.  But the time we were done, Maddie had flour in places she probably never thought were possible.  It was her dad’s birthday and they went to dinner after we finished the shoot.  I am sure that her hair was still lightly grey at dinner 🙂

behind the scenes


This shoot was one of those things I love to do.  Work with a lovely young lady who is open to trying something unusual, resulting in imagery that we are proud to display.  It also gives us a chance to play.  A chance to figure out what it takes to get a certain shot, so we can repeat it if a senior or adult wants to have the same experience.  Before we got into the flour, I tired some things with sheer fabric and the fan I have, to discover that the fan was not powerful enough for the effect I was after.

behind the scenes

As an artist, you do not wait to try these things with your clients, but in sessions that are arranged to try out new things.  As an artist, I draw inspiration from other artists.  I see things and wonder how it was achieved.  I know how to light things to get what I want, but some of the other effects, such as creating wind to achieve certain effects have to be explored on my own time table, not that of a client.

dancer and flour

I believe that these sessions during which we play and explore to continually build our portfolio is what sets us apart from the competition we have around us.  Wertman Photography has grown over the last few months, adding an additional photographer and a videographer to the team.  We have added equipment that needs to be explored and personally I am working on my masters in fine art, continually growing as an artist.

dancer and flour magic

When you hire us, you get a team of artists, not technicians.  You will work with people who understand light, movement, emotion and relationships.  This knowledge shows in our work.  Whether we work with athletes, create fine art for fun, photograph families, babies or weddings, we bring our knowledge with us and apply it all to creating memories for you that you will be proud to share with your friends and families for years to come.

dancer and flour

Call us today to book your unique session.  Tell us what you have in mind and we will be sure to get it done for you.  301-693-3021

dancer and flour

Vote for your favorite image for a chance to win a family session for up to 5 people, a $150 value.


Swimming and Action Shots

— 10/12/2016 by Monika Wertman —


Two weeks ago we had the pleasure of working with Alderson Broaddus’ swim team again. I was great working with the athletes we met last year and working with some of the new recruits.

The weather was much warmer this year than last and the sun was out the entire time we were there. More of the swimmers opted in to capture action shots this year as well. We used a different location for the team shots and I still worked in different areas of the campus. 19 of the 20 swimmers were able to attend the team picture and everyone was there for the head shots. All in all a successful trip.

male swimmer back stroke

What I enjoy most in working with these young adults is seeing the obvious connection they have as a team and their dedication to their sport. They are all very easy to talk to and very easy to get good pictures of.

male dive

Athletes as a rule are fun to work with. They love showing off their skills, their athleticism and in this case, how they have grown in one year.
When we get to work with a particular team year after year, it is fun to see how the athletes change, grow up and develop in their skill set.

male breast swim

It surprised me to see how these young men and women had changed in a year. They are, after all in college and at least the juniors and seniors are over 20. Yes, they are looking older and more mature. They are coming into their own in many ways and athletically this shows.

male fly swim

We have worked with a couple of other teams as well, but for me at least, being the mother of a swimmer, this is the most fun.

female back swim

If your child is part of a team, school or club, and you are tired of seeing the same pictures every year, please consider sharing this post with your coach and school. The images captured during this shoot have just been shared with the parents and part of the proceeds from the picture purchases will go back to the team to help them go to Florida for training in January.

male free swim

Every sports team raises money for gear, trips, entry fees and other assorted stuff. Why not raise funds this way? If you are interested please give us a call today at 301-693-3021.

female breast swim

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