Memorable portraits take careful planning. The goal of any fine portrait is to direct the viewer's attention to the subject's face. The proper clothing and accessories can make or break a portrait.

  • Clothing Style & Accessories:

  • Keep clothing simple. Solids and simple patterns work best. Bold Stripes, plaids and prints can be distracting from your face.
  • For a formal look, choose mid tones and deep tones.
  • For a casual or romantic look, choose light colors.
  • Wear long sleeves whenever possible. Bare arms and shoulders can draw attention away from your face.
  • Scoop necklines and v-necks flatter fuller faces and shorter necks.
  • Turtlenecks and higher necklines flatter slender faces and long necks.
  • Keep jewelry small and simple.
  • For groups, choose similar color, patterns and styles. This will create a greater sense of togetherness.
  • Most Importantly though, you want to choose clothing that suits your personality!
  • It is always a great idea to bring in personal items to accent the occasion or things that have special meaning.
  • Hair and Makeup:

  • For Men, it is generaly best to have your haircut one week prior to your sitting, this give a little time for some hair to grow back and avoid a "too short" look.
  • For Women, there is no set guideline, when you feel your hair looks great, its a great time!
  • Try to keep makeup to a minimum, a natural look normally photographs the best.
  • Hairstyles can vary wildly, and while some may distract from your face, they are part of what makes you unique.
  • Children's Portraits:

  • It is best to plan around the youngest children. Plan around naptime, and have them eat just prior to arriving at the studio.
  • Don't forget to bring snacks, drinks, and toys to help them be happy and have fun.
  • With newborns it is best to decide beforehand if you would like them awake or sleeping for the portraits.
  • Be Flexible: Having your child?s portrait taken can be a great experience, but things don?t always go as planned. Sometimes children are just not in the right mood to get that perfect photo, schedules are running behind, or food gets spilled on the new outfit. If you are upset or feeling stressed the child will easily pick up on that. Be prepared to take things in stride, no matter what the situation.
  • It is always a great idea to bring in that special toy or item to be used in your portraits.