Finding a graduation look you love
Trying to find the perfect outfit to wear to graduation? You may be wondering what to wear to make the shapeless blob that is the graduation cap and gown look better.
I like to call the graduation attire a “glorified trash bag,” especially if your school’s happens to be a plain black cap and gown. For graduation pictures, I do my best to get a variety of combinations with the cap and gown so that it’s not just covering you the whole time! Most likely, we’ll do a few photos with the whole getup, but then we’ll alternate with just the cap, holding the graduation gown over your shoulder, etc.
Casual grad outfits and accessories
It’s always a good idea to pick one casual outfit and then something a little more dressy for the cap and gown pictures. I love that Kaydence chose to rep her future college for a more casual look with a college tee and jean shorts. You can wear your high school colors or future college colors. You can also wear anything that makes you feel confident, comfortable and cute!
Accessory ideas for your grad pictures:
Stoles and cords from your school (the colorful strings you wear for honor society, clubs, etc.)
A college baseball cap or bucket hat
A childhood photo
A family photo
Flowers you love
A decorated graduation cap (check out my tutorial for a removable one here!)
Your favorite record
If you play a sport, a ball or item from your sport
Shoes in a complementary color to your outfit
Kaydence brought a bouquet of yellow and white daisies along in remembrance of her grandmother, which I thought was so sweet. Accessories like this add a nice personal touch!
Another popular outfit idea for cap and gown photos is the classic “LWD” (little white dress) because it goes with anything and is easy to match to any color. Depending on the color of your cap and gown, you can choose a color that’s complementary to it. During graduation, you won’t really see it anyways, but for the photos we’ll do a mix of pictures with and without the graduation attire.
Even if you only choose one outfit, you can go to different locations and still get a variety of amazing photos with unique scenery! We started our session in Downtown New Albany, Indiana, and then we ended with golden hour at Falls of the Ohio State Park.
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Johanna Hribal is a color obsessed senior photographer for fun loving grads in Louisville, Southern Indiana or wherever you want to go! Find out more about your personalized senior portrait experience here. Fill out a contact form to get in touch about your upcoming event.