The back-to-school season is more than just about stocking up on notebooks and pencils; it’s about capturing the essence of a fresh start. What better way to commemorate the beginning of an academic year than with a stunning photo session? But with so many style choices out there, deciding what to wear can be overwhelming. No worries though, I compiled the perfect style guide for your back-to-school photoshoot!
1. Comfort First
Before diving into specific styles, remember that comfort is key. Opt for outfits that feel good, fit well, and allow flexibility. The more comfortable you are, the more naturally your confidence and personality will shine through in the photos.
2. Classic Neutrals with a Pop
While vibrant hues can be catchy, classic neutrals like whites, blacks, greys, and tans offer a timeless appeal. To add some excitement, pair these neutrals with a single pop of color – think a bright scarf, a colorful pair of shoes, or a fun accessory.
3. Patterns in Moderation
Patterns can be a great addition to your outfit, especially if they reflect your personal style. However, it’s essential to balance them out. If you choose a patterned top, pair it with a solid-colored bottom to avoid clashing and to keep the focus on you.
4. Layer It Up
Layers not only add depth and texture to your outfit but also versatility. A cute cardigan, a trendy jacket, or a fun hat can make your outfit more dynamic and allow for various looks during the session.
5. Accessorize Thoughtfully
Accessories can elevate an outfit. Consider items that resonate with the school theme, like a stylish backpack, geek-chic glasses, or even statement earrings. But remember, less is often more. You want the accessories to complement, not overpower.
6. Footwear Matters
Shoes can make or break an outfit. Think about the vibe you’re going for. Classic loafers or ballet flats exude a preppy look, while sneakers can give a more laid-back, casual feel. Make sure they’re clean and in good condition.
7. Hair and Makeup – Keep it Real
For hair and makeup, aim for a slightly enhanced version of your daily look. This isn’t the time for a dramatic makeover. The goal is to look like the best version of yourself!
8. Themed Props
If you want to add a fun twist, consider incorporating school-related props. This could be a stack of books, a globe, or even a chalkboard with a quirky message. Props can add context and a playful element to your photos. I do have some of these available upon request but you are welcome to bring your own as well.
9. Coordinate, Don’t Match
If you’re doing a group or family photo, coordinate outfits without being overly matchy. For instance, choose a color palette and let everyone express their style within that scheme.
10. Remember Your Environment
If your photoshoot is outdoors, consider the surroundings. For a green, park setting, avoid green outfits that can blend in. For urban settings, urban chic styles with a bit of edge might work best.
In conclusion, your back-to-school photo session is a celebration of a new chapter. Let your outfit be a reflection of who you are at this moment. With these tips in hand, you’re all set to make a lasting impression. Smile and strut with confidence, and let your photos tell the story of the incredible year that lies ahead!
My 2023 Back to School Ultra Mini Sessions are now available to book! Head here to book your session, space is limited!