Look Your Best for Portrait Day

Let’s face it: You look great without us. But everyone can use some tips to help shine in front of the camera. Take a minute to review the following, then show up ready to ace picture day.



Plan your outfit in advance so you can make sure it’s clean and wrinkle-free on picture day. For ideas, visit our Pinterest style guide and check out the “Picture Day Style” boards.

Consider your background color and choose clothing that complements it.

Wear sleeves to keep the focus on your face, not your arms.

Opt for solid colors or small, simple patterns that pop against colorful backgrounds.

Avoid loud patterns, slogans or logos. Be you, not a brand!

Avoid green. (Our green screen will turn your green shirt white in post-production.)

Choose colors that complement your eye color and skin tone. For example, if you’re a redhead with fair skin, blue will really bounce. If you have brown eyes, bring them out with a brown sweater.



Don’t make any drastic changes to your hair’s style or color the week of picture day. (Trims are okay a day or two in advance.) Then style your hair so it’s out of your face—your yearbook photo is about you, not your ’do.



Get a good night’s sleep the night before picture day to look fresh and free of dark circles. Blemishes are no big deal: Our fancy retouching artists can brush them away. It may be tempting to tan, but you’re better off au natural. Sunless tanning can look orange under our lights and nobody wants to be remembered for a sunburn.



There is no facial expression in the world more stunning than a natural smile. Don’t be afraid to practice yours a few times in front of the mirror, and remember to show your teeth, since closed lips can look awkward. If you’re feeling nervous in front of the camera, try thinking of something funny or happy and let it show in your face.