• Preparing for your portrait session can often be more difficult than taking beautiful portraits! Here are some tips for making the tough choices:


    Wear clothes that make you comfortable and reflect your personality.

    Bring multiple outfits. Select a variety of outfits as you desire.

    Coordinate your outfit from head to toe. You shoes will probably show, so make sure they are clean.

    Bring appropriate shoes, socks and a belt for each outfit.

    Keep the tonal range of clothing in the same group; don't mix lights & darks in the same outfit.

    Select 2-3 complementing solid colors in tones such as greens, blues, purples, burgundies, khakis, black, navy and denim.

    Avoid large prints, stripes, busy patterns and bright colors - these overwhelm and create distractions in your portrait.

    Each person in a family or group portrait should be dressed in a similar color or tonal range.

    For family or group portraits, coordinating outfits is a good practice. Jeans or khakis and a white or black shirt is always a good choice. Don't be afraid to put everyone in different shades of the same color.

    Earth tones, reds or blues are best for outdoor portraits.

    Dark clothing will help make you look thin.

    Be sure the clothes you select fit properly, especially shirt collars.

    Short sleeves are OK, but long sleeves are best.

    Traditional clothing styles will better stand the test of time.

    Bring all clothes on hangers. Be sure clothes are not wrinkled.

    If you plan to wear a tie, bring an appropriate blazer or business suit. A shirt and tie with no blazer/suit jacket does not photograph well.


    Wear your hair in your normal style.

    Do not change your hairstyle in the days before your portrait session.

    If you want to get a haircut, schedule it one week before your portrait session.

    A fresh shave is important for men. Neatly trim beard or mustache.


    Minor blemishes and scars will be removed by retouching.

    Avoid sunburn and tan lines.

    Women keep make-up simple and natural.

    Avoid makeup with sparkles and SPF.

    Your nails will show in some portraits. Be sure fingernails and toenails are polished and not chipped.


    Keep jewelry simple and to a minimum.

    Bring appropriate jewelry for each outfit.


    Props are recommended. Bring props that are a part of your life and personality and/or profession.

    For example:

    Musical Instrument

    Leather Jacket

    Letter Jacket

    Sports Uniform/Jersey


    Sports Equipment (lacrosse stick, bat, football, etc.)


    Hobby Items


    Pets (Pets are welcome, but please bring a leash and some treats!)