5 tips to look the best for your senior portraits

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for senior portraits. These pictures are tokens of your youth that you’ll treasure forever, so don’t you want them to be amazing? In order to ensure a top grade experience, there are certain considerations you’ll want to make before getting these photos done.


Not sure where to start? No problem! Here at Heather Ellicott Photography, we’ve been a part of so many senior portrait sessions that we know exactly what you’ll need to do before your appointment. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things to consider before getting your portraits taken.


  1. Clothes- Wear what works for you! Stick with solid patterns that will flatter your figure. Bright and colorful patterns may be your favorite clothing now, but when photographed it could appear busy and take attention away from your face. Choose simple colors that will bring out your skin tone and allow the focus of the picture to remain where it belongs: on you.
  2. Accessories- When choosing your jewelry, make sure to stay away from anything too gaudy. Simple, classic jewelry photographs the best. Steer clear from any hats or sunglasses, they will distract from your face. However, for a few of the poses it might be a good idea to incorporate certain items that have been important to you throughout your high school years. Perhaps some sports equipment, a camera, or even your best friend!
  3. Hygiene- Make sure that your personal hygiene is in order. Try to get a haircut in the weeks before your portrait session. Wear very light makeup, as any imperfections can be dealt with through retouching and you won’t want to risk excess makeup tarnishing your photos. If you’re a guy, consider a clean shave. Try to get these things taken care of the day preceding your session so that you’re well rested and ready to go when your shoot rolls around.
  4. Poses- Take care to look up some different poses before your portrait session. There are numerous different positions, and testing some out beforehand could save time. Figure out what angles you like and which positions really work for you. Your photographer will have suggestions and know poses that commonly work well, but the most important thing is finding a pose that works specifically for you, so do your research!
  5. The photographer- Finding a photographer that you are comfortable with can be difficult, but is a necessary aspect of receiving senior portraits you can be proud of. On the day of your portrait session, you will want to be comfortable and confident in the person you entrust to capture these once-in-a-lifetime memories. Make sure to research numerous different photographers and review their work so that you can be certain you have found the match for you.


With senior portrait season upon us, you need to make sure that you’re ready for that day or else you will have evidence of your lack of preparation for the rest of your life! Sleep well, pick out your clothes in advance, and make sure to relax. And if you’re looking for a senior portrait photographer you can trust in the Connecticut area, make sure to check out Heather Ellicott Photography!

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