WHAT TO WEAR?
It's natural to be nervous about getting your photo taken but we will do our best to make you feel relaxed and have fun. If you have any questions about the session please call our office and we would be happy to discuss your thoughts and plan ahead with you. Listed below are a few basic suggestions regarding clothing and session planning. We look forward to working with you!
Avoid large prints, patterns or bold stripes that can distract the eye from the subject and draw attention. Avoid really tight grid or herringbone patterns which have a moiré effect on the camera.
Dress from head to toe. We may be inspired to take some full length shots so it's better to be prepared.
Plan to wear a hair style with which you are comfortable. Avoid new cuts or styles.
Use hair spray for fly away hairs or it can be costly to have them retouched.
Choose a professional suit or outfit with a classic look. Suits should fit you well and be a dark neutral color like navy, blue or gray.
Shirts should also fit well, be a solid, neutral color and long sleeves are best. If you prefer a short sleeve or tank top, bring a blazer or sweater to put over it for some additional options. Shirts that include a buttoned collar should be fastened.
Necklines should be at a respectable height. V-necks can accentuate the neckline. Turtlenecks can tend to make people look like they have no neck.
Choose a tie with a subtle pattern and a tone that is a medium between the shirt and jacket. Avoid shiny or reflective ties.
If you plan to wear a button-down shirt without a tie, it's best to wear a jacket or sweater of some kind to layer the look. If you prefer only a button-down shirt, choose a dark color, unbutton a button or two and make sure we can't see your undershirt beneath.
Avoid bold, distracting patterns or colors unless you plan to layer them with a plain blazer or sweater.
If you have a beard or mustache, make sure it is neatly trimmed otherwise a fresh shave is a must!
Normal makeup is fine. Our lights do not need any extra makeup.
Don't forget about your nails and toe nails if you plan to do more casual portraits.
Choose small, simple and classic jewelry. Avoid reflective or flashy items. Earrings shouldn't dangle more than an inch from your earlobe.
For groups of 3 or more, select 1-3 colors (keeping them all solid). One of the colors should be neutral such as tan, white, black or jeans (something everyone can incorporate in their ensemble).
People should show their individuality while still blending with the group.
If you want everyone in a similar color, make sure they are all similar shades of the color. If everyone is wearing light blue and someone has a navy shirt, that person will stand out.
Try to stay away from too much white.
If you wear glasses, wear them for your portrait. It can be very hard to tell until you are in the studio whether your prescription will cause reflective glare. You can completely eliminate any potential problem by making arrangments to borrow a pair of empty frames (without lenses) in your frame style from your optician. Glass glare is costly to remove.