LaDuke Photography - Eugene Senior Portraits – Tips, Tricks & What to Wear!

April 05, 2021

Hello Seniors and adults responsible for the aforementioned seniors, thanks for checking out LaDuke Photography! I've been taking senior portraits since I was a senior myself back in 2005, by now I know a thing or two about how to get portraits that are fun, personalized and not awkward. I'll even help you figure out what to do with your hands. That's the number one request, aside from requests to swap heads and bodies for things like pineapples or pitbulls.

In order to help things go as smoothly as possible I’ve compiled some tips and tricks you can use to prepare for your session. If you come prepared you'll either be on your way quick - or if you're having a great time you'll end up with plenty of poses and backdrops to choose from.


When you book your session let me know what you’re into.  Are you involved with any sports or clubs at school? Do you have a cat, dog, horse or turtle that your photos will be incomplete without? What do you enjoy doing outside of school? These are all things that we can use to make your photos unique to you. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever have another opportunity like this to do a photo session that so boldly encompasses exactly who you are. Do you love hunting and fishing? Are you captain of the volleyball team? Have you been doing something crazy like pyrotechnics your whole life? These things are an important part of who you are, why not include them?

What to wear:

  • Avoid strong patterns (plaid, paisley, overly floral blouses, etc). They can be distracting. If you want to wear patterns layer them under a jacket or blouse.
  • Avoid BRIGHT colors. Neon hues will reflect off of your face making you unnaturally colored. Bright shoes or pants are a better choice.
  • Darker colors such as black, navy and dark green are generally regarded as slimming. Shirts with 3/4 or long sleeves are also considered flattering if you are self conscious about your arms.
  • Light colors such as white/beige or light grey can dominate the photo and make you look ghostly if you are already pale or they will make you appear orange if you have tan skin. – Pair them with a some additional colors for best effect.
  • Bring 3 different shirts, jackets or dresses. If you can dress in layers it will add variety. Don’t forget letter jackets and sports uniforms.
  • Accessorize! Sunglasses, bracelets, scarves and hats all personalize your ‘look’. Pay attention to how your shoes go with your outfits – they will be in some photos.


Less is more. Wear it light and natural for your session. Go easy on the eye make up especially. Skip the glitter, it will reflect light and leave you with shiny little spot marks. Some eye make-up has a certain ‘shimmer’ which is okay, but body glitter and lip gloss tends to reflect light unevenly. Consider bringing a matte or transparent face powder to cut down on shiny skin.

Gentlemen - if your skin is red or sensitive moisturize, don't shave right before your session or even consider a little make up.


Don’t stress over posing, you might practice your smile in the mirror that morning, but otherwise I’ll help you pose once the session begins. The general rule is, “If it feels awkward, you’ll look awkward.” Always look for a comfortable natural feeling pose as close to what the photographer suggests as you can. If you have some poses that you know you like let me know and we'll make sure we include them.

As far as locations go, if you have a place that is special to you like the high school track, your favorite park or your family’s own backyard speak up. I’ve got a ton of great local suggestions.

The day before your session & morning of:

  • Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated makes your skin vibrant and fresh and will ward off dehydration headaches.
  • Get a good nights rest the night before to avoid tired eyes.
  • If you aren’t feeling well please reschedule – You need to feel your best to look your best!
  • Eat a small meal and bring a light snack prior, it will help stave off hunger but not leave you feeling bloated.

I realize this is a lot of information to digest, just take a deep breath and know that I am here the whole time to help you out. Let’s go out and have some fun while taking memorable senior portraits that you will be proud to show off!

Contact me today to book your session!

Lacey LaDuke Photography

Call me: (509)954-3885

Email Me: [email protected]


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