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What to Wear for Graduation Photo Shoots

September 27, 2023

Graduating from high school or college is a significant milestone in your life, and what better way to commemorate it than with a graduation photo shoot? These photos will be cherished for years to come, so choosing the right outfit(s) is essential to make sure you look your best. As a photographer who has captured countless graduation moments, I’d like to share some tips on what to wear for your senior graduation photo shoot.

Don’t feel like you have to compromise your unique style or personality to dress for your session. Choose an outfit that showcases your personal style!

Classic Cap and Gown:

The traditional cap and gown are a timeless choice. They symbolize your academic achievements and are a must-have for any graduation photo shoot. Make sure to wear them with pride and confidence even if it’s just for a couple for shots!

Dress for Success:

What you wear underneath the cap and gown matters too. You’re the star of the show, solids photograph best and keep the attention on you! A solid-colored dress can make you stand out.

Accessorize Wisely:

Accessorize to your comfortability and aesthetic! A fun wristwatch, a pair of pearl earrings, cute necklace or bracelets, or a tie can add a touch of personality to your look.

Comfort is Key:

You’ll be posing for a while all over campus, so choose clothing that is comfortable and allows you to move freely. Ensure that your shoes are comfortable for walking and standing. Even better, bring a pair of designated walking shoes!

Personalize with Grad Stole:

Consider the color of your stole when choosing your outfit, it can compliment or enhance your outfit.

Hair and Makeup:

Such a fun expression of who you are! I always recommend lip color for all the ladies to avoid looking washed out. If you’re ever going to wear a little lipstick, today is the day!

Props and Mementos:

Bring along any props or mementos that have special meaning to you, such as a favorite book, musical instrument, or sports gear. These can add a personal touch to your photos.

Location Considerations:

Think about the location of your shoot. If it’s outdoors, be mindful of the weather and dress accordingly. Layers can be a great option for versatility.

Coordinate with Friends:

If you’re doing group photos with friends, coordinate your outfits to complement each other. Matching colors or themes can make for cohesive and memorable group shots.

Remember, your graduation photos should reflect your unique personality and style while celebrating your academic success. Consult with your photographer to ensure your outfit and location choices align with the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. With the right attire and preparation, your senior graduation photo shoot will capture the essence of this important moment in your life for years to come. Inquire today about scheduling your senior photos with Sophie Rose Photo! Congratulations on reaching this incredible milestone!

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