Underrated Photo Session Accessories Pt. 1 | Lauren Beesley Photography | Auburn Opelika Senior Portraits

Since I've been photographing people for years, I've learned a few things about what works and doesn't work for photos when it comes to outfits and accessories. And as your friendly neighborhood photographer, I'd love to pass some free tips your way!

Over the years, I've noticed that people often put a lot of thought into their outfits for their session, but don't follow through by completing their look with the right accessories. This inspired a few ideas for how I can help my clients look their best - one of which is this blog series! Over the course of the next couple months, I'm going to feature a different type of accessory that can really up the game for your family or senior pictures!

First up, HATS. If you're like me, you might not actually wear hats on a regular basis. I'd say most girls/women don't, since they tend to ruin a good hair style after wearing them a while, and then it's awkward to take them off when you go to a place where it is no longer acceptable to wear hats. Which is a shame, because there are some seriously cute ones out there begging to paired with an awesome outfit. Which is whyyyyy a family or senior portrait session is the PERFECT time to wear one! Here's a few examples using a pretty plain felt hat in two different colors, used in two different sessions.

We started Emily's session without it to keep things simple (we were also trying to get her sweet but curious dog to cooperate, and battling a bit of wind), and no doubt, I do still love these images:

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But THEN we added the hat and BAM:

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TOTALLY different vibes coming from these photos! Emily is obviously beautiful in both sets of photos, but the second tells a little more of a story. Notice Emily didn't add any other accessories, necklaces, bracelets....just a hat!

At a later session, I brought the same style hat in a different color with similar stunning results! Where Emily's hat added a wanderlust/hippie element, in Maddie's senior rep session, the hat added a touch of elegance and refined style. Not to mention it added the perfect pop of color to her black outfit, and coordinated PERFECTLY with her earrings! Check it out!

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So when you're planning your family and senior photo session outfits.....be sure you dress from head to toe! Stay tuned for more blog posts on other fun accessories you might not have thought to wear in your photos!