How to Prepare for your Portrait:
-Wear clothing that makes you comfortable and reflects your personality.
-Have multiple outfits. Select a variety of outfits, as you desire.
-Coordinate your outfit from head to toe.
-Select 2-3 complementing solid colors in tones such as greens, blues, purples, Burgundies, khakis, black, navy and denim.
-Avoid large prints, stripes, busy patterns and bright colors- these overwhelm and create distractions in your image.
-Avoid clothing with wording on it except for example a school logo.
-A black shirt or top is always a good choice.
-Vary the style of your clothing, all one look gets boring. Vary the dress level, use some dressy, some medium and some casual.
-Make sure your clothing flatters you. If you think you have large arms, be careful of sleeveless styles, they can make your arms look fuller.
-Bring appropriate shoe, socks and a belt for each outfit.
-Each person in a family or group should be dressed in a similar color or tonal range.
-For family or group portraits, coordinating outfits is a good practice. Jeans or khakis and a white or black shirt is always a good choice.
-Be sure the clothes you select fit you properly, especially the collars.
-Short sleeves are OK, but long sleeves are best. Be sure to have at least 1-2 long sleeve tops.
-Dark clothes will help make you look thin.
-Traditional clothing styles will better stand the test of time.
-Medium to dark clothes look best with dark backgrounds.
-Medium to light clothing looks best on lighter colored backgrounds.
-Earth tones are best for outdoor portraits.
-If you are doing an outdoor Session, most locations do not have places to change. But if you wear a layer outfit, you can add or drop a piece for a different look.
-If traveling, bring all clothes on hangers. Be sure they are not wrinkled.
-If you plan on wearing a tie, bring an appropriate blazer or business suit. A shirt and tie without a blazer/suit doesn’t photograph well.
-For executive portraits, be sure your clothes are appropriate for your type of work and those they are cleaned and pressed. Gentlemen may want to photograph multiple ties; ladies may want to bring multiple accessories- I can help you select the combination that may work the best.
-Keep jewelry simple and to a minimum.
-Bring appropriate jewelry for each outfit.
-Most glasses glare! Some prescriptions more than others.
-Your best bet is to check with your optometrist. Most will loan you an empty pair of frames similar to yours for your photo session.
-It is amazing how many times someone will come wearing flowered underwear and not realize it is a problem until they go to put on their white pants! Or come wearing a white bra and put on a black sleeveless shirt. Please bring appropriate foundation wear for each outfit. Flesh colored is the best you could hope for. Also, if you need a strapless, have one available. Tucking straps down usually shows and looks bad. With today’s thin fabrics, you might want to carefully select these pieces so they do not give unsightly lines.
Clothing for Black and White:
-The black and white “glamour” look that is so popular is best with black clothing. The contrast between the skin and black is what makes them so dramatic. So bring some black, mild to wild Dark bottoms are also in order.
-Wear you hair in your normal style.
-Do not change your hairstyle in the days before your portrait session.
-If you want to get a haircut, scheduling it one week before your portrait session works best.
-A fresh shave is important for men neatly trim beard or mustache.
-Have hair care/styling products with you.
-Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. About like you might wear in the evening. Mascara should be clean and contain no clumps. So if your mascara is old and clumpy, replace it first. Avoid makeup with “sparkles” in it. When you move, it makes a nice shimmer, but in a photo, where you are still, it creates a little white spot that almost looks like a zit. Also avoid makeup with SPF in it. Although it is good for your skin in the sun, the SPF tends to create a shine. Using a translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color can control summer shine.
-Minor blemishes and scars will be removed by retouching so don’t worry about minor breakouts.
-Avoid sunburn and tan lines. Sunburn and peeling skin DO NOT photograph well!! Tan, Yes, Burn, NO
-Women keep make-up simple and natural, unless it is a high fashion session.
-Avoid makeup with sparkles and SPF. Have makeup available at session.
-Your nails will show in some portraits. Be sure fingernails and toenails are polished and not chipped.
Tattoos, Scars and Braces:
-Just let me know if you want tattoos to show or not. It’s that easy. Scars are not automatically retouched, but can be removed or softened at your request. Extensive work may have a slight extra charge. Braces? Don’t worry they can be removed in retouching. Don’t fight smiling, a braces smile is better than a dorkey holding back smile look.
Props are recommended. Bring props that are a part of you life personality and/or profession. For example:
Sports Equipment (bat baseball mitt, hockey stick, football, basketball etc.)
Pets (Please have a leash and toys to keep their attention)
Weather for Outdoor Portraits:
-Lets face it, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. If it rains, no fretting will do anything about it, we simply have to reschedule.
-Don’t worry about clouds they actually HELP! But rain falling is a problem! If it’s a morning session, I will call you if we need to cancel due to weather. Otherwise, we are on! If the weather is questionable call and we will discuss it.