How to Prepare for Your Portrait



Have you ever looked at pictures of your parents that were taken when they were in High School and cringed when you saw what they were wearing (puffy sleeves, plaids…you know what I mean)? Chances are that they were wearing something that was fashionable and chances are that the only thing that you notice about the picture is what they are wearing.When you prepare for a portrait, you want to be the focal point of the image, not your clothing.


Timeless styles have earned that title because they make the wearer look poised and elegant. 

Everyone loves a good fashion risk. Trends are fun, but you will never regret sticking to classic pieces for a professional portrait.

The camera sees things differently.  Stripes, plaids, florals and logos that look great most of the time are visually distracting in a photograph. They will dominate an image and should be avoided. Solid colors are always best. If your portrait session is outdoors, choose colors found in nature!

Clothes that are baggy will make you look bigger in a photograph. On the other hand, anything that is too tight may confine you and make you look uncomfortable. Necklines are important.  V-necks and simple collars that flatter the face look the best on women. Men's dress shirts should be fitted properly. If you wear a tie, make sure that your collar isn't too loose or too tight. Unless you are being photographed on the beach or at a formal party, you should consider wearing something with sleeves. If you would like to have standing and seated portraits, practice sitting in the outfit that you plan to wear. Can you sit comfortably? Does the outfit look good when you sit down? Short dresses and fitted suits can present challenges when you sit down. A longer dress with pockets offers lots of options and is always fun!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              



The day of your portrait session is not a good time to experiment with a new hair style. Wear your hair the way that you do most of the time. Trim your hair if necessary, but do not be too excessive.

When it comes to make up, LESS is always more. Some people have their make-up applied for them, but remember, the Duchess of Cambridge did her own make up for her wedding to the future King of England!

Never worry about blemishes. I will take care of those for you.

If you have a heavy beard, plan to shave shortly before your photo session.

If you wear glasses, glare can present a problem. It is best to either forgo glasses or to wear frames without the lenses. 





Do your best to get eight hours of sleep on the night prior to your photo session. This is the best beauty tip that I can give you! 

And, most importantly, know that you are going to have a great time! 




 Murphy's Law says that your favorite outfit will be at the cleaners or at the bottom of your laundry pile. Try on and hang up everything that you want to wear the
night before, and America's Next Top Model will have nothing on you on the day
of your photo session.


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