Studio Tips

Dressing for your portraits

Clothing: Simple garments in medium to dark tones of brown, grey, burgundy, green or blue are good choices. Because darker clothing is slimming, it is often a good choice for close up, full length or three quarter length portraits.

Proper clothing coordination is especially critical for family group portraits. You don’t want any individual to stand out because the clothing is too light or bright as compared to the rest of the group.

Clothing that is too tight or too loose will not hang properly and may have too many folds or creases. Avoid clothing with words, small straps, logos, stripes and loud patterns. Dress from head to toe – many poses will include your feet. Note: tan lines and sunburns can not be fixed without expensive artwork.

In general, we recommend long-sleeve garments, as bare arms call attention to themselves and will overpower the face. If feet are to show in the portrait, assure that shoes and stockings are keeping with the visual intent of the portrait. (black socks with black pants)

Hair: Wear your hair the way you like it best. If you plan to have a haircut, try to schedule it at least one week before your portrait in case you are not happy with the results. Men should be clean shaven or facial hair should be carefully groomed. Five o’ clock shadows can not be retouched.

Make-up: We recommend that you wear your make-up no heavier than you would for an evening out. Even if you don’t normally wear make-up, we recommend a light foundation or powder to reduce shine and even your skin tone. (Powder is great for gentlemen too, and no one can tell you are wearing make-up, we promise.)

Hands and Feet: Trim, file and remove old nail polish from your nails. Lotion prevents your skin from looking ashy and dry.

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