KSP Style Guide: Helping Create YOUR Perfect Look!

We decided a long time ago to focus on relationship building here at KSP. This is how we can best provide for you and help create beautiful photos and a memorable experience. So, we got to thinking. One of the biggest questions we're asked, and for good reason, is what to wear for your senior photos. Some people feel very comfortable picking out the perfect series of outfits for their session, while others...not so much.

So we went to one of the experts we partner with, Brandy Beatty from Indie & Dash (featured on our Kate's Favs page!) Brandy put together three sets of three outfits for the most popular body types...Athletic Build, Curvy and Petite. She also wrote out some tips to consider while putting together your wardrobe for your high school senior photos. All we can say is BRILLIANT! Take a look at these fashion forward ideas for the more athletic built girl.

Your waist and shoulder measurements are nearly the same. Do everything you can to accentuate or create the illusion of more curves.
— Brandy Beatty of Indie & Dash
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Let's break this down for the girls out there with a more athletic body type!

TOP >> Draw attention to your shoulders, arms, and clavicle. Off the shoulder tops can be great as they show off your shoulders. If you prefer to downplay shoulders, go for embellished tops or v-cut necklines. Open backs are great for you when the occasion allows. Remember balance is key! If you’ve picked a oversized top, grab a skinny jean, or legging!

BOTTOM >> Skirts and shorts can be worn in almost any length to show of your toned legs. Keep in mind sticking with dark colors, vertical stripes or A-lines will minimize area’s you don’t wish to emphasize.

DRESSES >> Most styles work. Lean towards anything that accentuates your waistline. Any length will work for your shape. Don’t shy away from patterns. Floral, stripes and graphics will give depth and character to a silhouette.


Next up are our girls with a more curvy shape. We want you to look and feel your best to bring out who you are, confident and beautiful, just as you are! Check out these stunning looks!

Your waist should always be well defined. Keep in mind balance is important. If you’re fuller on top, go for more flared pieces on the bottom to keep your proportions balanced.
— Brandy Beatty of Indie & Dash
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Here are Brandy's tips for girls with curves!

TOP >> Lace-up fronts will add attention to your assets without revealing too much. Pair with a Cami for more coverage. Rounded or v-neck line will also accentuate your shape.

BOTTOM >> Distressed cropped denim Jeans are totally on-trend. Look for jeans or pants that have a higher waist to accentuate your waist and define your curves. Skinny jeans and leggings will elongate you as well. Wide legged pants will work if they have a tie at the waist AND keep you cool. Make sure to pair with a fitted top.

DRESSES >> A-line silhouettes will pack a punch. If you’re petite, look for dresses that hit above your knee. add length by dressing in a monochromatic, dark tones. Black is classic, but don’t forget navy! If you're taller, go for a longer dress that is form fitting, nips at the waist, hugs your hips and falls loosely over the thighs. 


Last, but definitely not least, are our powerfully petite girls who are not to be overlooked. Take a look at these super simple yet classic styles that you can add onto and bring your personality to your wardrobe!

Keep your look sleek and chic. Avoid busy prints that will overwhelm your frame. Mixing solids works and subtle details can add personality.
— Brandy Beatty of Indie & Dash
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Here are more tips for you strong and beautifully fierce petite girls!

TOP >> Shirts and blouses that hit right at the hips. Make sure they’re not too long, or they’ll make your legs look smaller. V-necks or scoop neck tops help elongate your upper body. Fitted tops and jackets are your best friend.

BOTTOM >> Skirts will give you the illusion of longer legs. Shorts also elongate you by featuring your legs. For jeans go for fitted low-rise  in either skinny, boot-cut or straight leg cuts. 

DRESSES >> Accentuate your waist! Empire waists, sheaths, or shirt dresses that gather at the waist are perfect for a petite frame. Try dresses that hit a little above or at the knee and show some leg for ADDED length.

SHOES >> Wedges or heels will add the illusion of length to your legs.


We can't forget about hair, makeup and accessories. Sometimes, these get overlooked. For us, as your photographer, we want you to have a look that is complete, like you dressed from top to bottom and didn't just work on the middle part. For this section, we brought in a young and brilliant lady, Morgan Bates, who happens to be our Stylist Advisor here at KSP. Since Morgan is obsessed with everything having to do with fashion, and she recently graduated from high school, we thought she would be the best at offering her wisdom...which we're pretty sure you can easily apply!

 You can go for a simple & straight look...or, get out your wand and create a relaxed beach look with waves for days!

You can go for a simple & straight look...or, get out your wand and create a relaxed beach look with waves for days!

 Simple makeup is best for your senior photos...your clothes bring out your personality, while your makeup should highlight your features, not overwhelm them. For your eyes, stay way from too much eye liner (thick) or too much mascara (clumpy.) Not sure what eye shadow, blush or lipstick to use? Pop on over to a reputable makeup counter and let them suggest the perfect colors for your skin tone, as everyone is uniquely different.  We recommend you bring a translucent powder to your session, along with your lipstick for retouches and blotting.

Simple makeup is best for your senior photos...your clothes bring out your personality, while your makeup should highlight your features, not overwhelm them. For your eyes, stay way from too much eye liner (thick) or too much mascara (clumpy.) Not sure what eye shadow, blush or lipstick to use? Pop on over to a reputable makeup counter and let them suggest the perfect colors for your skin tone, as everyone is uniquely different. We recommend you bring a translucent powder to your session, along with your lipstick for retouches and blotting.

 Let's not forget about your ACCESSORIES! We notice this is usually very last on the list of things to consider for your session. For  jewelry , if you put them in a little bag, you can find your earrings, necklaces and rings much more easily. Speaking of  rings ...don't forget about them! If you love rings like we do, they can really add a statement or bring a simple elegance to your photos. As for  nails , we have to say, we get super sad when we see chipped nails or nail polish. There is no need to get a manicure if that isn't your thing, but do come with filed and clean polish-free nails if at all possible. For the Elle Woods type of girl, manicure colors are totally up to you. Pops of color are nice, but try to keep them in the pinks and nudes category. Blood red nails are an amazing statement, and a favorite for a night out on the town, but can be a little distracting for your senior photos.  And don't forget about your feet and toes . Have fun with color on your toes, but remember to lather lotion on your feet a few days leading up to your session, especially if you're going to wear sandals or be barefoot.

Let's not forget about your ACCESSORIES! We notice this is usually very last on the list of things to consider for your session. For jewelry, if you put them in a little bag, you can find your earrings, necklaces and rings much more easily. Speaking of rings...don't forget about them! If you love rings like we do, they can really add a statement or bring a simple elegance to your photos. As for nails, we have to say, we get super sad when we see chipped nails or nail polish. There is no need to get a manicure if that isn't your thing, but do come with filed and clean polish-free nails if at all possible. For the Elle Woods type of girl, manicure colors are totally up to you. Pops of color are nice, but try to keep them in the pinks and nudes category. Blood red nails are an amazing statement, and a favorite for a night out on the town, but can be a little distracting for your senior photos. And don't forget about your feet and toes. Have fun with color on your toes, but remember to lather lotion on your feet a few days leading up to your session, especially if you're going to wear sandals or be barefoot.


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Cheers, and keep cool this summer!