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When it comes to what to wear for college graduation photos, the answer has a lot to do with how you want to use, display and share your pictures. I recommend a bit of attire mixing! There are three basic looks that I generally always photograph:
These photos are really nice to have for your post-grad life, ready for professional use on social media, resumes, and portfolios.
I spend a large majority of graduation sessions in this look, because it’s flattering, and it clearly says “graduation photos.” (This is also a great time to pull out any other special items you may have brought.)
This is what I’d consider the “full attire” look. It looks incredible, and it captures the excitement and joy of graduating. I typically have students put the gown over their shoulder. I may take a few photos with the full gown on, but not a ton, so keep this in mind when you’re choosing what to wear!
Ladies, you really can’t go wrong with a simple dress or skirt! Why? Dresses are easily the most flattering outfits out there, and the cute Spring ones are usually pretty comfortable. The style and colors you choose can take your photos in a formal direction, or in a fun, free and celebratory direction! Just make sure you’re comfortable in whatever you select, because you will likely be doing a fair amount of walking. (Hint: If you don’t love walking in heels, wear flat shoes and change into heels later.)
Dresses that follow your figure or simply have a cinched waist such as a fit and flair are some of the most flattering for graduation pictures. Boxier, shapeless dresses can add extra bulk, so instead, try your favorite sundress or that formal dress you love! The important thing is to make sure the dress length is the same as (or shorter than) the length of your graduation gown. A fitted outfit also helps minimize the volume of the already bulky school-issued gown, which we’ll try to incorporate in a much more attractive way than actually wearing it.
Since these are graduation photos, consider matching your outfit to your school’s colors. (Although I totally get it if your school’s colors are not particularly flattering to your skin tone.) If school colors aren’t for you, a simple black, white or cream-colored outfit will be perfect! You could always bring in your school colors with your shoes and/or jewelry selection. (And nude or beige heels always look great with a white dress!)
Guys, your graduation outfit is quite simple. Just choose your favorite dressier clothes! (I know you have some.) Or wear what you would (or did) wear to impress the person of your dreams on a first date.
Are you in slacks and a button down? Iron them. If your clothes are a bit more casual, throw them in the dryer with a damp cloth for a while, then hang them up immediately after they dry. Doing this will keep your clothes from looking too stiff and uncomfortable, but nice enough to show your grandma – who really wants a printed graduation photo of you to brag about.
These are truly some of my favorite photos to take! We can lean into the fun and joy that each and every one of you has when you’re together, and create some natural, candid and posed photos to remember these days and these friendships forever. Here are a few things to consider before showing up for your group portrait session:
Chances are, most of you know these things already, but hopefully these tips serve as reminders, or give you a jumping off point as you prepare for the big day! Have fun, enjoy the opportunity to dress up, and remember how special this time of your life is.
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