Senior Photography Tips

Senior Photography from JCPenney Portraits
Senior Photography
Senior Photography
Senior Photography

Graduation Photos with your Personal Style

We do our best to capture each graduates' individuality and personality in their photos. Our studios offer a wide variety of senior photography packages and print options to suit different needs and budgets. Our customizable product options allow you to personalize your session with unique and classic effects that truly express what you feel. Exclusive photo card designs offer a personal touch to your graduation announcements, open house invitations, and thank you cards. To prepare for your graduation photography session, view our senior photography portfolio and photography background options on our site.

Outfit changes are available during your senior photography session. We encourage you to show your personal style with a casual outfit and something a bit more formal to add variety to your session. We have put together some basic tips to help you prepare for your photography session.

Formal/Informal Photography Ideas

Guys' formal attire could include a simple sport coat, dress shirt and tie, sweater or a 3-piece suit.
For girls, a formal dress from a special occasion, skirt, blouse or sweater.

Informal pictures allows for more variety - your clothing should reflect who you are! Ideas include: a casual outfit that suits your style, an outfit that includes pieces with today's latest trends, cap and gown, sports or cheerleading uniform, sporting equipment, letter jacket, art supplies, skateboard, musical instrument, or prom dress. And lastly, bring your parents, siblings, best friend, boy friend, or girl friend for group pictures that will last a lifetime.

Style Advice 

Your clothing choices should be simple in color and style. Avoid prints and patterns, they draw the eye away from the face. Plaids and stripes can be distracting. We'll mix in some full length photos for your session so consider what shoes you want for each outfit. Choose long-sleeved shirts and avoid bare shoulders or tank tops.

Light backgrounds go best with white and pastel colored clothing. Try to avoid light colors on darker backgrounds, this may overpower the image.

If your session includes some darker clothing choices, remember that dark clothing tends to look best on darker backgrounds. Dark colors are ideal for black-and-white photos as well as formal photography. Your photographer will suggest the best background for your outfits.

Hair and Makeup

Plan to wear your hair in a style that you are comfortable with or is natural to your everyday life. If you choose to wear makeup, keep it light, natural-looking and fresh. Guys should be clean shaven or have neatly trimmed facial hair. Although it's important to look your very best on this special day, avoid getting your hair cut less than a week before your session.