Being a jeans/t-shirt kinda gal I struggle with this question pretty much on the regular. However, I’ve picked up a few things from fashion blogger friends over the years since I graduated. Use this guide to get the best results for what to wear for graduation photos!

CLOTHES

Avoid wearing large logos, overly worn and torn clothes and all white or all black. Think about outfits that reflective of your personality and style. Ex: Hats, scarves, lace, neck ties, fun shoes, jewelry are all layerable items that can add interest and texture to your outfit.

Flowing dresses and light colored clothes during the warmer weather and will photograph so pleasantly next to UT’s greenery and natural stone buildings. The UT campus around the south mall is so classic and natural that dressing up a little looks really nice on your grad cards. Think about having a little movement in your outfit and accentuating your best assets! If your session date aligns with cap & gown availability then let me know and we’ll incorporate it into the outfits.

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SHOES

If you plan on wearing heels, and they aren’t easy to walk around in, please consider leaving them at home because you won’t want to waste time changing shoes at each location! If you’re really into heels for a portion of your session, bring along a change of shoes in a bag and have a friend be your bag schlepper so we don’t have to worry about keeping up with it.austin graduation portrait photography, senior portrait photographer in austin, where to take senior pics on UT campus, what to wear to my senior pics

WHAT NOT TO WEAR?

Neon, solids, tight bodycon dresses, and anything that requires constant adjusting the whole session. We’re going to be moving around, utilizing different poses so make sure it passes the “sit test!” (sit on a chair, on the ground, etc. and make sure nothing shows!) Most of all, use your creativity and think of what feeling you want your photos to have.

Generically speaking, wear something you’re comfortable in, that “feels”representative of you and your personality and don’t require fussing and fidgeting all session. If you’ve booked the mini session, remember you only get one outfit so make it work!

ETC.

For those booking the full session I’ve created a Pinterest guide here so you can glean some inspiration. I get most of it from Stitch Fix’s inspiration gallery as well as subscribing to the service (affiliate link) which has been a life saver for a busy person like me! Personally, I follow/subscribe to two bloggers whose style and budgets align with mine. Style on Target (because who doesn’t love Target?) and my gal, Nicole at Writes Like a Girl.

On a personal note: avoid trying any new facial routines, self tanners or diets less than a week till your session. Any or all of these will make for an uncomfortable session!

If you have any questions after you’ve booked, feel free to reach out and I’ll be happy to point you in a good direction.

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Austin is a brunching town. An excuse to drink champagne before noon and act like a Portlandia skit? Brunch is a great way to cure a hangover, celebrate a wedding or just get together with old friends. It can also be a twist on the expected Saturday night wedding and serve donuts, pastries and champagne instead.  Below is a great list of the best places to brunch in Austin.

Takoba

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A classy but not pinky in the air classy kind of joint on the East Side. Takoba has recognizable, moderately portioned Mexican breakfast dishes and $1 mimosas or $7 carafes for those indulgent Sundays. The interior is small but the patio is great and dog friendly. They don’t seat incomplete parties so make sure your herding cats skills are up to snuff and corral everyone beforehand.

The Hightower

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What to order: The grit waffle, peanut butter, pure cane syrup, banana brûlée.

Everything seems to be opening on the east side lately – which makes sense when you see delicious, beautiful looking dishes like this arrive. The Hightower is great for larger parties and the brunch menu is extensive. Bonus: this cozy east side place takes reservations!

 

La Condesa

Fresh, Mexican style brunch in a chic, colorful and vibrant space downtown. The menu is far from basic but there is something for everyone on it! A well loved space, you can’t go wrong with.

Photo courtesy of Chicken Fried Everything

VOX Table

The price is approachable for these upscale brunch items. I ordered the stuffed french toast and it was DIVINE. Sweet, but not sickly so, creamy and delightful. The second time, I ordered the pork shoulder hash, with an egg on top. Also, $1 mimosas with slightly better caliber of bubbly! What’s not to love?

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I could go on, but my friend Amber wrote a much more comprehensive and well appropriated list of cheap mimosas and the best places. See her post here. Also, check out A Taste of Koko for more!

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What would you do if: an Austin windy cold front blows through at the last minute and your DJ got in a wreck the day and totaled his car and couldn’t get out to your wedding? You tough out the wind and laugh as whips your sash ribbons around, plug in your phone, play Spotify and say “oh well!” Audrey and Alex chose Heritage House in Dripping Springs for a brunch wedding and as my last wedding of 2016 I’m sad it will be my only time out there because the venue is closing!

These two LOVE brunch (who doesn’t?) so Dagar’s did the catering and Audrey’s pastry chef friend made the amazing cake!

The whole day was a sweet, laid-back, non-stress day that is so refreshing to come across in this crazy wedding industry sometimes. I can’t begin to tell you just how cool, down to earth and awesome Audrey & Alex are so I’m going to let the photos hopefully speak for me.

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Team wedding love: Wild Bunches,  Coordination: Cindi at Heritage House, Dress: Impression Bridal (exact), Men’s Warehouse, Target heels (something blue), Shoes: Converse, Decor designed and set up by bride’s aunt.

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To be honest, I was slightly panicked for the fist time photographing this McKinney Falls State Park proposal. As soon as I arrived at McKinney Falls State Park (very early just in case)  there was a 10 minute wait to get in. Ahh freak out!

What if my couple couldn’t get in? Price was counting on me to help pull off his surprise proposal to Natalie, having driven from Houston the night before just for this moment.

The Upper Falls were packed with large families, groups of college-aged kids enjoying the perfectly warm weather and without a lot of wiggle room for positioning myself, I thought for the first time I had bombed it with the location suggestion.

Fortunately, like when the clouds part and the sun shines at just the right heavenly moment, the crowds dissipated and Price was able to get down on one knee and surprise Natalie with a beautiful ring. I lucked out without a single person in the background and Natalie had no idea I was there for them!

After deciding to check out the Lower Falls we were able to get in a few portraits after that I hope they enjoy for many years!

It was so much fun meeting these two and I’m so glad our state park proposal went perfectly.

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