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Ashley {senior session} | State College, PA senior photographer

I like to think that I know what I’m talking about most of the time, but Ashley threw me when she pulled out her “jeggings.” When I raised an eyebrow and probably looked at her like she was speaking a foreign language, she was quick to explain that they’re leggings that look like jeans.

Ohhh. Jeans + Leggings = Jeggings. Got it.

Man, I need my seniors way more than they need me!

In addition to her vocab help, Ashley also brought along some awesome accessories, her super fun dog and her boyfriend who didn’t protest when I asked him to get in a shot or two.

Check ’em out, and as always, let me know what you think!


What to wear {Wardrobe Wednesday}

Great timing for a little outfit advice for senior guys from Morgan! Here’s what she has to say:

Here in New York, we’re smack in the middle of our high school senior portrait season (my favorite!). While we’ve featured wardrobe advice for the ladies before, it’s been some time since we’ve focused solely on senior guys. Why leave them out?

Whenever I meet with clients to discuss their senior shoot, we spend some time talking about what they plan to wear. What I often find with guys is that their wardrobe is still stuck in a more youthful stage: oversized T-shirts, well-worn and faded jeans, sports or college hoodies, etc. I want them to see themselves as young adults, just a year away from heading to college. The coming year will likely bring formal events, college or work interviews, campus tours, etc.

You know what they say about first impressions…

No one needs to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe. Not for a second. I never want anyone to buy something for a shoot that they won’t wear again. This is about looking good and making sure that your outfits say something about who you are. Think about what you’re wearing right now – do you love it? Are you happy when you put it on? Do you feel good when wearing it?

Let’s be honest. Your senior photo shoot will probably be the last time you’re really photographed until you get married someday. That’s just how it usually is. Be sure to wear something that you’ll look at 1, 5, 10, 20 years down the road and feel good about.

  • You can’t go wrong with one relatively formal look. Pick out a pair of dress or dark pants that you’ll get a lot of use out of – something that would look good with either a dress shirt, polo or graphic t-shirt. Try to find a shirt color that is complimentary to your eyes and skin tone. You can start with it buttoned up and with the sleeves down, then roll the cuffs and loosen a button for a more casual look. An undershirt usually isn’t necessary, but if you’ll feel more comfortable wearing one, just be sure the color is appropriate (black with dark shirts – white with white or lighter shirts). A v-neck is a nice option since you probably won’t even see it.
  • I’ll say it all day long – a dark pair of jeans is a MUST. You can wear ANYTHING with them.
  • If you want a more preppy look, polos with khaki pants or shorts totally works. Boat shoes or sandals can work, too.
  • Layers help you get more longevity out of your session outfits. In the second look, you can take some pics with the red plaid top, then throw on the sweater for a totally different look.
  • Are you more sporty and athletic? Go ahead and bring your favorite team hoodie or shirt. Often times you can find unique or more vintage inspired team apparel. If it isn’t something you see every day (standard jersey with a giant mascot or number on the back), it will have a more subtle and timeless look.
  • No matter what you wear, please be sure it fits you well. A lot of guys tend to buy larger sizes – maybe thinking it makes them look bigger? – but the opposite happens — you always look smaller and younger. If you can belt a pant or short and have extra fabric folding up, you definitely need to go down a size. If you need to, look for “athletic” or “slim/fitted” shirts.
  • As always, accessorize. Chunky watches, hats, cufflinks, sunglasses, etc – they all work and can add something to your look.
  • Don’t be afraid of some color. An all black/brown/grey wardrobe can get pretty boring.


what to wear for a senior photo shoot guys

Shopping Guide:


Everything was purchased from two stores – Express and Abercrombie & Fitch. While you can find examples of these types of pieces in so many places, I wanted to show that a trip to the mall doesn’t have to mean being dragged to every store in the place. You can get plenty of looks by just picking one or two places!


Look #1:

A&F Bushnell Falls Polo – $42 (comes in 10 colors)

A&F Classic Preppy Belt – $28

A&F Woodsfall Trail Shorts – $22

A&F Rugged Vintage Treads – $48


Look #2:

A&F Seymour Mountain Plaid Shirt – $88

A&F Adams Mountain Sweater – $68

A&F Slim Straight Chino – $39

Express Double Zip Boots– $158.00


Look #3:

Express 1MX Modern Fit Stretch Cotton Shirt – $59.00 (buy 1, get 1 50% off – comes in 23 colors)

Express Stretch Cotton Producer Pant – $69.00 (buy 1, get 1 for $39.90 – comes in 7 colors and machine washable)

Express 2-in-1 Reversible Leather Belt – $39.00

Express Dress Loafers – $108.00


Look #4:

Express Colorblock Hoodie – $59.90

Express Slim Fit Boot Cut Stretch Rocco Jean – $79.00 (buy 1, get 1 for $29.00)

Express Casual Suede Sneaker – $88.00


What to wear {Wardrobe Wednesday}

I am completely loving this idea! This week Lindsay came up with some fun suggestions for a back-to-school portrait session to mark your child’s next milestone.

Here’s what she has to say:

Well, it’s that time of year!  The summer festivities are winding down, you’ve been shopping for both new school wardrobes and supplies, and you will be sending your kiddos back to school any day now, if not already.  This is a great time of year to make a tradition out of getting your children’s portraits taken.  Yes, they will be getting pictures from a school photographer soon, but those don’t even come close to capturing your child’s personality as they embark on another year of their journey to adulthood.  I’ve noticed many photographers offering Back to School Mini Sessions, so I thought a post featuring a nostalgic take on back to school portraits would be helpful. 

I wanted to give this wardrobe a throwback “old school” vibe, and the Children’s Place had some great classic looks already put together!  I noticed many stores had already-assembled outfits for you to browse, and that can be a great resource if you are short on time or sleep-deprived from caring for a newborn per se.  J  Both outfits have a great mix of textures and layers, and as we’ve shown time and time again, you can never go wrong with blues.  If this isn’t your style, the sky is the limit.  This is really about capturing your child at this specific moment, so let their personality dictate what direction you go.  I’m sure you already have some great options available from your back-to-school shopping.

You can create a really cute styled session around this theme using some great vintage finds.  The antique school desk below was purchased at an auction by the owner for $5.  If you aren’t up for perusing auctions, garage sales, or antique stores, Ebay had a surprising number of these for sale, just be prepared to pay hefty shipping costs.  Of course, Etsy is a great place to shop for all things vintage and shabby chic – that’s where I found the great globe, chalkboards, and books.  The seller of the books actually sells different sets arranged by color scheme, so you could really go crazy coordinating!  Apples a-plenty can be found at your local grocer.

Are you planning some fun back to school pics for your kiddos?  Head on over and share them on our WW Page, we’d love to see what you came up with! 



Shopping List

Boys outfit – Children’s Place

Girls outfit – Children’s Place


Erika {State College, PA senior photographer}

Earlier in the afternoon before Erika’s session, I drove around scouting potential new locations, and I stumbled on this weird abandoned garage missing a roof. I kept thinking that it would be amazing right before sunset, so I kept an eye on the sky during her session. We popped over there at exactly the right time, and I was thrilled to find that my hunch was correct! The light turned a cool location into an extraordinary one.

These are just a few of my favorites of the lovely Erika. Enjoy!


What to wear {Wardrobe Wednesday}

One of the things we always talk about is how to adapt these Wardrobe Wednesday posts to fit your own portrait session. Particularly with the family outfit suggestions, we try to illustrate that when done correctly, your outfits should work together as a group, but also well in pairs and individually.

It’s one thing to say “You can put this together, subtract this, or add this,” but I’m a visual girl, so I thought I’d show you!

I recently had a portrait session where my client e-mailed me photos she took of her own clothes to get my feedback as part of her pre-session consultation. Most of these items are basic wardrobe staples that you can find at your favorite clothing retailer, if not in your closet already. For these reasons I’m not going to concentrate on where to shop as much as illustrate how well the pairings work and why.

Michele sent me the image of her daughter’s dress on the right, which she said was purchased at Forever 21, and the following four photos:

She had checked out previous Wardrobe Wednesday posts and knew to pull colors from the dress for the rest of the family, so she was off to a great start! I suggested the outfit on the left for her son because the light blue vest in the outfit on the right was too close a shade to Dad’s button down.

The only problem it posed was that three people would be in khakis, which would be a little too similar, so I suggested she wear a white skirt. She worried it would get it dirty while sitting on the ground — definitely a valid point — and asked if her husband could wear jean shorts. That would be a little too casual in my opinion, so we settled on a denim skirt for her, and that was the missing piece! They looked incredible!

Okay, so because they did such a great job, lets pull them into smaller groupings and you can see how all of the outfits still work even in pairs or individually.

And, even better? Look at how great the different images look together, too! Which makes for an awesome wall display. And isn’t that the whole point of a portrait session? So you can warm up your home with incredible images and even better memories!

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