Rather you are graduating from High school or College, graduation is one of the biggest mile stones in a person’s life next to marriage and kids. It’s a time to show off your success and, for some, they are the first in their life to graduate with a diploma/degree.
So you are approaching graduation, your so excited about your graduation session but as it gets closer you wonder, what do I do to prepare for it? What do I need to bring with me? It’s a special moment in your life and you want to look your best because. Well, pictures capture a special moment your life. You want to be prepared!
Have no fear, I will go over what I recommend to my seniors/graduates to do to prepare for their graduation session.
First off let me say men and women are so different, therefore preparation is different.
Preparing for your session:
What to wear:
What you need to bring with you:
As a photographer, I get asked “What colors do I wear?” or “How do I know the colors will work together.” WELL!!! I HAVE THE ANSWERS FOR YOU!
Let's start with WHAT NOT TO WEAR!
I advise against wearing solid black shirts or solid white shirts with blue jeans.
First off it causes a lot of contrast issues with skin and the environment. For example, when you wear just a solid white t-shirt with blue jeans the colors that are around you will reflect on your face and t-shirt. That is why you sometimes will see the green, blue or orange colors on your face and shirt.
When it comes to solid black colored t-shirts and blue jeans, it causes the colors around you and your skin color to be washed out.
When doing outdoor pictures, it doesn’t look good. It gives a very blah and lazy feeling.
THIS doenst mean you cant wear solid black or white shirts, you just need this added to it:
Some suggestions for those that would like to wear all black or all white shirts is to use contrast. What I mean by this is pick two other colors to implement into the wardrobe. For example, Let’s take a family of 4: 1 boy, one girl, one mom, one dad. The ideal outfit set for all white shirts with blue jeans would be:
-Dad: White t-shirt with a red plaid button up shirt wrapped around his waist or on but unbuttoned
-Mother: Nice white t-shirt with a green plaid scarf
-Son: White t-shirt with a green plaid button up shirt wrapped around the waist or on but unbuttoned
-Daughter: Nice white shirt with a red plaid scarf.
Here is a mommy and me session I did where their outfits were perfect and had that color contrast! (I stole my suggestions from this very session):
If you substitute the white shirt for the black shirt; it would work the same. You need some color contrast to add to the outfit.
NOW on to color schemes for Fall and Winter (as they do go hand in hand):
During the Fall and winter months, you want darker colors but still colorful. Most people when they think of fall and winter they see dark oranges, reds, blues, yellows, and greens. But you don’t have to do solid dark colors to have a fall look. You could add off-white, or a small amount of a light color to offset the dark colors. It is always best to mix and match; no two outfits should look the same.
I usually advise to pick two colors and create your outfits from those colors. Throwing in other colors that match is ok as long as the two colors you choose are the center of attention.
YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH LAYER’S. What does this mean? Add a scarf, add a jacket, layer your shirts or add a long beautiful necklace. Layers always look beautiful for fall pictures.
I use Pinterest a lot and came across Kate Lemon who is a photographer based out of Boston. She created a combination of outfit ideas. I love how these color schemes flowed together and wanted to share them with you. These are just ideas on color combinations for fall and winter pictures!
(the link to her blog is
Lastly, I wanted to demonstrate some of the color schemes my own clients have used for fall. I have to say, you all are talented and can make an outfit come together beautifully!