kara hendricks

Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, Phoenix, & Scottsdale, AZ


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January 8, 2023

College Seniors


Curious What to Wear for Guys Senior Pictures – What to wear for senior pictures is a hot topic!  I get asked all of the time “What should I wear for my senior pictures?”  So lets talk all things senior outfits…

So today we’re talking all about the guys and senior photography tips for them!  No girls allowed!!!

When I was in high school Senior Pictures were not a thing. You basically sat in a studio, hair and makeup done by yourself and you had a black drape around your shoulders. For Senior guys they all had the same black jacket. Boring. Nothing special. Nothing unique. Nothing that stood out. All of us, exactly the same.

Today’s Senior photo sessions are about the Senior. It showcases their hobbies, their interests, their personalities and it makes the session…Unique!  I love helping with the styling for the senior session and guys are no exception! They can have fun with multiple outfits and accessories just as much as the gals!


I like to have a consultation with the Seniors and their Moms in advance of the shoot. First, we discuss their hobbies, their likes, their interests and if they are involved in any sports and or clubs at school. With the info from both Mom and the Senior I start suggesting ideas for clothing options and send them my handy Styling Guide. I also show them some ideas from Pinterest for inspiration. It’s important to get professional help with styling from your photographer to compliment the background you’ve chosen and to enhance your features.

1- Mom’s Outfit!

The first outfit is usually what Mom wants and that is typically a nice clean cut look and most of my Moms choose a suit or more formal look. We tend to use this look first as it is usually not something that they typically would dress in. We make this portion short and to the point.

2- Senior Guys Outfit

The second outfit is the fun option. This second choice is the one that will bring out their personality. This is the outfit that the Senior Guy has the most input on from colors to styles to overall look. For some it may be khaki pants and a polo shirt for others it may be jeans and a nice t-shirt.

4- Add Something Fun

Add their favorite sneaker or converse shoe and maybe a hat or something fun like a jacket, to their senior outfit.

5- No NEON!

I like to also suggest that they do not wear anything neon as it leaves a terrible color cast on them  – a photographers nightmare when editing!

6- Don’t wear clothing with tags/logos/large pictures

I suggest not to wear clothing with name brand tags or logos and nothing with large pictures. You will want these images to be classic and stand the test of time. These images with their personality outfit will get you the most sincere smiles and they will probably be the ones they brag about, the ones that make their cover photo on FB or Instagram.

7- Wear what reflects an interest/hobby or sport!

Now the third outfit is usually the one that reflects their interests, hobbies and or sports. A sports uniform, a band or orchestra uniform or a club jacket can be in this 3rd option.

See what my other senior guys wore during their sessions:

8- Truck or Cars

If they don’t do a sport or club maybe they want their car or truck in the shot. Suggest outfits that compliment the color of their vehicle.

Make sure to include your Senior Guy in the planning of his outfits so he will start to get excited for the shoot. If the Senior guy and Mom go shopping for the session outfits – I like to suggest they send me image of what they are looking at and I can help guide them in ones that will work.

Senior Girls usually already know what they are going to wear months, sometimes years prior to their session. But Senior Guys most of the time do not care… first. So the main way to make it about them and make it comfortable is to well……make it about them!


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