Here in Chapel Hill area we have 3 major universities - UNC, Duke University and NC State Univertsity - which together with many beautiful parks, make this region great for portrait photography. But whilst location very important, there are other facts that will greatly impact the results of your portrait photography session.
It's important that the photographer plays an active role in what his/her client wears for a photo shoot. Clothing, believe it or not, will play a huge role on how your images look at the end.
It's smart to avoid shirts with logos, loud looking colorful graphics and or cartoon characters. Bright colors take away from the subject and should be avoided. Earthy tones are the way to go. If you must wear some type of pattern, choose a striped short with light colors, light blue and white for instance. Larger stripes photograph better than very thin stripes.
If photographing with another person, or if it's a group, it's key to coordinate. See, I said coordinate, not match. That means, choose colors from the same colors palette, but not the exactly same outfit for everybody. For instance, everybody wearing jeans and white shirt. This was very popular years ago, nowadays it's just old fashioned.
Seniors should bring more than one outfit. Depending on the length of your session, two or three outfits is recommended. One casual outfit (jeans and shirt), another a little dressier and you can try something more 'crazy' (for a lack of a better word) for your third outfit. Seniors should always try to incorporate a little (or a lot) of their hobbies or passions into the shooting.
If you play football let's take some shots in uniform. If you're a ballerina, get dressed and do some poses. We can even do some high key studio shots in your ballerina attire. How fun would that be? Drum sets, martial arts, geek stuff. Bring it on and we'll make it fun!
Don't forget accessories. Shoes, belts, jewelry add that extra spice and ties it all together.