Preparing for Your Portrait Session
Our goal is to create an heirloom portrait that presents you at your best, and will be proudly displayed as wall art in your home. Part of our planning includes guidance in the selection of your wardrobe. Heirloom quality demands a timelessness and style that transcends fads. The portrait is about you. If you are sitting for a group portrait, the relationships are also important. The following suggestions support this philosophy.
Your clothing options vary, with respect to the type of portrait we are creating. That said, there are some generalizations that are applicable. Simple solid colors are preferred. Patterns and large logos detract from the overall portrait. Avoid mixing light and dark tones that compete for the viewer’s attention. Short shorts, skirts and tight skirts can complicate and limit the posing opportunities.
Formal portraits of individuals and families dictate a conservative strategy towards simplicity and style. Long-sleeved black clothing directs the eye to your face, the essence of the portrait. This is particularly good with relationship portraits of couples and families. For women and girls, sleeveless and spaghetti strap blouses work against us, drawing the attention away from your face.
We do a lot of group and family photography on the beach. A family portrait on the beach creates a lasting memory of a special time and location. Even with the relaxed beach environment, attention to wardrobe is important. Moving the style up a notch on the “formality scale” creates a stronger portrait. It is never wrong to go with the guidelines already mentioned. In addition, the beach offers an opportunity to expand the wardrobe “palette.” Jeans or khaki pants or shorts can be coupled with white, light blue or pastel shirts and blouses. While shorts, other than cut-offs, work okay, they should be discussed.
Professional portraits including executive, staff, headshot and publicity photographs follow the general guidelines already explained. Depending on the circumstances, professional attire or uniform is appropriate. As your portrait photographer, we will create photographs that project your professionalism, confidence and character. Your wardrobe should reflect the image of your profession. Again, solid colors and conservative styles are most appropriate.
Lifestyle and personality (senior) portraits support a broad range of styles and colors. We will discuss your interests and personality to select a palette and style that reflects, “who you are.” We want you to be the center of attention. If you have a hobby or interest, let’s discuss it. Props can add that extra bit of detail to your “story.”