Braydon is a Sam Barlow High School track and cross-country running star. But more than that he’s a tie-die fashionista!

Believe it or not,  that tie-dye fashion trend that first gained popularity in the 1960s, has made a powerful comeback in recent years. This vibrant clothing style has found its way from music festivals to runways, and now it’s even adding color to high school senior pictures!

Braydon is all in when it comes to tie-dyed apparel. “Most of my closet is filled with tiedyed clothing,” he admits. So when it came to choosing clothing for his senior portraits, it made a whole lot of sense that almost all of his outfits were going to be tie-dyed.

If you are familiar with my work, you know of my strong belief that the best senior portraits show off a high school senior’s individual personality and style. One of the key reasons tie-dye works so well for high school senior pictures is its ability to convey a sense of individuality and self-expression. Senior year is a time of transition and self-discovery, and the swirling patterns and bold colors of tie-dye can help seniors stand out and showcase their personality in a fun and unconventional way.

Braydon wanted to combine his tie-dyed style with a background that represented his home state of Oregon.  As a result, we began his senior portrait session at Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint near Corbett, Oregon. Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint offers stunning panoramic views of the Columbia River and the iconic Vista House.  The viewpoint is at the edge of an exposed ridge along the Columbia River Gorge, so it often cool and windy. As a result, Braydon chose comfort and decided to wear a red, yellow and tied died hooded sweater.

But, tie-dye is incredibly versatile and can be styled in numerous ways. Whether it’s a classic t-shirt, a flowing dress, or a trendy hoodie, there are endless options for incorporating tie-dye into a senior photoshoot.

So when we dropped elevation en route to Latourelle Falls, Braydon went with a black, white and blue tie-dyed hooded.  Latourelle Falls is a popular destination for portrait sessions in the Columbia River Gorge as it provides many opportunities to photograph seniors on a nearby bridge with beautiful historic architecture, at viewpoints with the waterfall in the distance, and even at the base of the waterfall itself.

We also took some time here to photograph Braydon in his high school track uniform. (Unfortunately Braydon was unsuccessful in his petition for Sam Barlow High School to adopt tie-dyed uniforms for its track and cross country teams.)

Finally, we visited Horsetail Falls, to which Braydon brought a more formal rainbow of color. His multi-colored tie-dyed button up collared dress shirt and dress pants. provided a striking contrast with the waterfall and the surrounding rock walls and staircases.

The tie-dye fashion isn’t just a fun fashion trend, it’s a fantastic choice for high school senior pictures.  Are you ready to bring some color to your high school senior portrait session?  Whether you are into tie-dying, or have your own unique trend, I can help you incorporate your personal style into your senior portraits.  Learn more at!

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