Central PA High School Senior Photographer, Karissa Zimmer specializes in High School Senior Pictures in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Hershey and surrounding Central PA.

What to Wear for Your Senior Session


You’re getting closer to graduation every day, and you may even have developed a case of senioritis. Senior portraits are the perfect way to commemorate this exciting time in your life, but choosing what to wear for your session can be a challenge. How do you express your personality while avoiding outfits that will look dated in the years to come?

To help you pick the perfect outfits to mark your high school graduation, we put together a few tips so you’re not staring at your closet helplessly on the day of your session!

  • Avoid bright colors

    We love color as much as anyone, but bright colors can distract from the subject of your photos: you. Some bright colors will even wash out your skin and clash with your surroundings. Instead, go with neutral colors or jewel tones (think gray, blue, and dark green) that flatter any skin tone and pair perfectly with both garden or park backgrounds and a more urban setting.

  • Choose from the clothes you own

    The best way to express your personality is through clothing you already own and love. While we definitely won’t stop you from buying something new, doing so means you run the risk of something not fitting or not looking right on the day of your session, and then you have to come up with a last-minute plan B. The perfect outfit for you looks like you. If you have a favorite dress or shirt, wear it!

  • Stay away from graphic tees

    You may love a certain band or movie right now, but who knows what your taste will be even five to 10 years in the future. While a solid T-shirt is a great casual look, a graphic tee or shirt with words on it can really date your photos or even create cringe-worthy images where only part of a word or phrase is shown. The only exception to this rule is a school T-shirt that shows off your mascot or an organization you participate in and love.

  • Show off your culture

    Even if you don’t wear traditional clothes from your culture to school, they can be a beautiful choice for your senior portraits. Whatever your heritage, clothing is a great way to express it and a timeless choice for your images. After all, your session is all about you, and what better way to show your personality than to celebrate your heritage.

  • Pick versatile—and comfortable—outfits

    When taking your senior portraits, your photographer will likely have you in a variety of poses, so make sure you choose outfits. that are comfortable and look good whether you’re standing, sitting, or even lying down. Constantly having to readjust can be annoying, and an overly tight or restrictive outfit really limits the amount of poses available to you. Never choose looking good over comfort—you can definitely have both!

  • Think about your underwear

    What you wear under your clothes is just as important as the clothes themselves. If you’re planning on wearing white, you don’t want brightly colored underwear that shows through your clothes or a bra that clearly shows through your blouse. As for guys, you don’t want your boxers peeking out from your pants or bunching up under your shorts. When you’re choosing your outfits for your session, try them on with underwear to make sure everything looks good and fits right.

  • Add a little variety

    Chances are you have more than one style, and your outfit choices should reflect that. Your best bet is to choose both a casual outfit (think jeans and a fun tee) and a more formal outfit, like a dress or suit jacket. You don’t want all your portraits to look exactly the same, and having different styles gives your images more variety and will give you even more photos to love.

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5 Reasons to Have Professional Senior Portraits Taken


You’re about to graduate and embark on a new journey in your life, whether to college or starting a career. High school graduation is all about leaving your childhood behind and moving into the next phase of your life as an adult. 

Professional senior portraits are the perfect way to mark this milestone in your life. These images give both you and your parents something to look back on in the years to come, as well as a way to share your excitement with friends and family about your accomplishments and the big changes to come in your life.

  • Capture your personality

    For your parents, senior portraits were probably a little more formal—a nice dress or shirt and tie in a photo studio. Today, however, professional photographers who specialize in senior portraits are able to create images that are closer to works of art. Through skillful lighting, posing, and editing, a professional photographer can help capture images that show off your personality and the things you love.

  • Celebrate your accomplishments

    You’ve worked hard to get to graduation, from studying for exams to participating in sports or other extracurriculars. You deserve to celebrate everything you’ve accomplished over the last four years of your high school career. A senior portrait session is a great way to celebrate all that you’ve done while looking forward to the future.

  • Remember this moment

    Graduation is a huge occasion, and while you may feel like you will remember it forever, you may be surprised how quickly you might forget the feeling. Photos are a wonderful way to capture not only how you looked, but your personality and interests. Looking back on your senior photos in the future will allow you to remember that unique time in your life years later.

  • Get the expertise you need

    Anyone can snap a few photos, but if you want someone to make you look your absolute best, you need a professional photographer. They can help guide you through poses and even facial expressions to help get images you’ll love. Plus, their skill in lighting and framing photos, as well as editing, will give your photos the boost they need to be truly memorable.

  • Make your parents happy

    While your senior photos are about you and your accomplishments, they also mark a huge moment in the lives of your parents as well. What better way to thank Mom and Dad for their support than to give them a memento celebrating how far you’ve come?

    Graduating from high school is an important milestone in your life, which is why it’s so important to document this moment. You deserve quality images that you can look back on for years to come and maybe even show your own children one day. A professional senior session is an investment in memories and well worth it. 

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Alexxa’s Downtown Harrisburg Senior Session

I am so excited to share Alexxa's Downtown Harrisburg Senior Session!  She just entered her senior year at Boiling Springs High School.  When Alexxa booked her senior session with me, I knew just the perfect location to suit her style.  She didn't want the typical "sunflower field" senior pictures that are common amongst high school senior girls these days.  I loved this about her! She is original and wanted that to reflect in her portraits. So, we did just that. We choose to start her downtown senior session in Shipoke, Harrisburg.  All the colors, textures and dimensions of the downtown Shipoke scenery were a perfect fit.  Later, Alexxa's choice location at the Capitol building proved to offer a beautiful result as well! Her outfit choices were perfect and the evening light was magnificent! Alexxa's fun and super easy going personality made this senior session one of my favorites!

Alexxa, what can I say? You killed it, girl! I absolutely loved working with you and you look absolutely stunning in ALL of your shots! Narrowing these down was truly a tough job. Thanks for choosing me to capture these memories for you! I hope cherish these images as much as I know your momma will!


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Summer might be over, but there is still time to book your senior session! I have a small handful of dates left for September & October, book now to make sure that you get on my schedule. Fall is a beautiful time of year to have your senior pictures taken in Pennsylvania. Mid-September through mid-October typically has favorable weather, perfect for photo shoots. Leaves will just be starting to turn and the trees will still be full and bursting with color! CLICK HERE to complete the contact form to book a senior session!

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Alex Class of 2017! | Mechanicsburg Pa High School Senior Portraits

Alex's 2017 Mechanicsburg Pa High School Senior Portraits.

Alex was just a few weeks shy of his 2017 graduation from Mechanicsburg High School when his awesome mama came to book his high school senior portraits with me.  So, we planned on a location that she knew she loved!  I am so glad to have had the opportunity to capture these memories before Alex embarks on his next big chapter in life. Congratulations on your graduation, Alex!



Contact me here to plan your 2018 Senior Portrait session! 


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Taylor is a SENIOR! :) {Mechanicsburg PA High School Senior Photographer}

This beautiful (senior!) girl is Taylor. I first met Taylor when I photographed her for the cover of Central Penn Parent magazine when she was in middle school. I've been blessed to work with her and her super fun family every year since her cover shoot! It's hard for me to believe she's going to be a senior already. Taylor is truly a one-of-a-kind girl who is beautiful on the inside and out! She's one of the sweetest teens I've ever met and had the pleasure of working with!

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