Tips For Better Portraits

Beautiful portraits take careful planning! The clothing you choose is important to the success of your portrait.
The guidelines below will help you make some important decisions when planning for your portrait session.

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  •  Simplicity is best!   Choose timeless clothing instead on clothes that are more “trendy”.
  •  Solid colors are best. Clothing in medium to dark tones of blue, green, brown, gray or burgundy are pleasing choices when being photographed outdoors.
  • Avoid large patterns, logos on clothing and bright colors.  They will draw attention away from the face. ¾ length or long sleeves are recommended.  Bare arms can sometimes overpower the face.  It is okay to dress small children in short sleeves.
  •  Coordinate your clothing from head to toe! Be sure to select appropriate shoes and stockings for your clothing style.
  •  Darker clothes tend to minimize body size and light tones tend to emphasize body size.
  •  Necklines are important. Turtlenecks or V-necks are flattering provided neither is exaggerated in style.  A V-neck or scoop neck
    is best if your neck is short and your face is full.  A turtleneck or high necked shirt is more flattering if your neck is longer and
    your face is slender.
  •  Due to glare and distortion, glasses should be removed during your session.  Or, if you prefer to wear them, you may want to have the lenses removed.
  •  It is best to wear your usual make-up.  Styling your hair and applying make-up at home is the most convenient, but feel free to bring what’s needed for touch-ups.
  •  Remember to keep jewelry simple and avoid wearing a watch to the session.
  •  Men should be clean shaven or facial hair should be carefully groomed. Haircuts for men and children should be done about one or two weeks before the portrait session. Women should be photographed whenever they are happiest with their hair in relation to the time it is cut and styled.
  •  For small groups, it is important to dress everyone in the same style of clothing. Also, keep garments within the same tonal ranges.
    Do not mix light and dark tones together.
  •  Always make sure your clothing is neatly pressed! If necessary, change into your shirt once you arrive at the location for the portrait session.
    This will eliminate those seat belt wrinkles!
  •  The “window of opportunity” with children can sometimes be limited. All children have different and unique personalities. You may consider having a portrait of each child individually in order to capture those special qualities of their personality. It is always best to do the grouping that is most important to you first and then follow through with the other groupings for the portrait session.
  •  On the day of the session, it is best to resist the urge to tell your child to smile or “say cheese”.   Simply say, “we are having our portrait taken and it will be fun!”  This seems to work the best and provide for the most natural expressions.
  •  Most importantly, remember to relax and have fun during your portrait session.  Sherri will work patiently with your children to put them at ease and make the portrait session fun for them!
  •  Remember, pre-planning is the best way to put your mind at ease that all will go well on the day of your portrait session.


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