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!
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: Floppy hats, jackets, a twirly skirt or jewelry are all excellent 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.
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.
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!
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?).
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.