When more than one person is photographed clothing can make or break an image. The face should be the most important element in a portrait.

What to Wear

     Choose simple styles. Clothing does not have to match but remember to stay in similar color tones. Warm or cool colors work great. Avoid overly bright colors and large patterns which can be distracting. Ladies Wear ¾ length to long sleeves if possible, bare arms draw attention away from the face. Be aware of your shoes. They will be seen in full length portraits. Casual clothing compliments outdoor environments. Jeans, khaki shorts, Tee shirts and bare feet or sandals are a popular trend in today’s candid, lifestyle portraits. Avoid clothes that wrinkle easily.

Hair, Nails and Makeup

    Ladies, wear your makeup as you normally would and avoid glittery powders and dark lipstick. If you would like a new look, have your hair and makeup done before the day of your session and make sure that you are happy with the results. Pack a hair brush and extra makeup. Beautiful jewelry adds to a portrait but avoid large bulky earrings and necklaces as it will take away from your face. Wear a subtle color on nails. Bright colors can detract from the overall image. If you are thinking about a casual lifestyle portrait with sandals or bare feet, a pedicure is a worthwhile investment :)

    Gentlemen should have their hair cut one week prior to the session. Nails cleaned and filed. Hands are often seen in these portraits. Sometimes the face can appear oily and cause an unflattering shine in a photograph. I prefer to use a very subtle powder that absorbs the oil.  If you tend to have a beard shadow by mid-day, schedule your session in the morning when you are clean shaven or shave one hour before the session. Beard shadows show in a photograph and cannot be digitally removed. Be aware of your shoes. They will show in a full length portrait. Bring lip balm.

Eye glasses that turn dark in the sun can create problems with studio lights. If at all possible bring glasses that are not light sensitive. Please call me in advance if you do not have regular lenses.

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