What To Wear

PORTRAIT ATTIRE

My first recommendation is to always wear something that you are comfortable in! If you are not comfortable, it will show in the portrait. Below are more recommendations!

Maternity Portrait

    • Outfit changes are welcomed and encouraged; feel free to bring along casual and/or formal attire. Shirts that are more form fitting to show off the belly work best!
    • A dress is comfortable and always a good look. Something that flows but still form fitting to compliment that beautiful growing belly.
    • If you would like to show off that belly in a casual way bring along a pair of jeans that do not have a large belly band, these tend to leave marks on your skin. A buttoned up shirt works well with this look.
    • If you would like to include family members in your portrait session, have everyone wear the same color or hue and stay at the same level of dressiness. You don’t have to match, just choose colors that compliment one another.
    • I am open to you bringing small props like baby shoes, stuffed animals, baby blocks, or your own maternity sash.
    • Along with that beautiful belly, your hands will play a large part in a maternity session; please make sure your nails are clear or recently manicured.

Newborn Portraits:

    • The simpler the better, meaning no clothes are really needed, most of the portraits will be done in the buff. I do have blankets, wraps and hats.
    • For family portraits with your newborn, I recommend clothing the little one in a diaper cover or nothing at all. If you choose to have your newborn clothed in something for family portraits, keep it plain. We want your newborn to be the primary focus so clothing with long sleeves and pants can swallow your little one up.
    • For sibling portraits, depending on the age, boys always look cute it just a pair of jeans with girls in a simple top or dress.
    • Fun accessories like a hat or bow adds a splash of color to the cuteness! I do have newborn accessories available.

 

Family Portraits:

    • COLOR COLOR COLOR!! Vibrant, bright colors make happy pictures! Wear the same solid color or a few slightly different hues of the same color works best. Or do something fun like the ladies wearing purple and all of the gentleman wearing blue.
    • Avoid mixing prints and patterns, it can be distracting and take away from the main focus, which is you!
    • Texture and layers photograph well and can add extra visual interest without being to distracting.
    • Wear clothes that are the same level of dressiness. Don’t dress up when everyone else is wearing everyday street clothes.
    • Feet may show in the portrait, so be sure to wear shoes that compliment the outfit you are wearing.
    • Dress children comfortably but in the same color and style as the rest of the group.
    • Everyone should match on their lower half; all jeans or all slacks. Women may wear skirts as long as they match the color and material as everyone else.
    • If you are a little nervous about color, start with a neutral base (greys, browns) and add colorful accessories like scarfs, shoes, and ties!
    • Props are welcome; keep it simple, location appropriate, and true to your families interests.
    • When extended family is included: Each individual family can coordinate their our outfits together. For very large groups, picking a single colored shirt for everyone can be easiest.

Childrens Portraits:

    • Bright and vibrant colors always look nice in photographs. While sometimes busy prints can sometimes take the focus away from the subject, it is fine on children.
    • Accessories can add personality to the look of an outfit, don’t be afraid to throw in a fun vest, chunky necklace, hooded jacket or hat when age appropriate.
    • Bare feet look more natural and relaxed for all ages. If they are going to wear shoes, watch for dirt and scuff marks that might be distracting. I recommend either going barefoot or with socks and shoes, avoid the ‘just socks’ look. For outside locations, we can slip shoes on and off if you like.
    • For outdoor sessions, the clothes should match the location and season; casual everyday clothes for the park and dressed up in something more formal for the in home session. If you aren’t sure, bring several outfits and we can look through them together. If we are meeting on location, we can always chat before the session, or look at your outfit choices before we begin.
    • For children under 1 years old, I recommend keeping it simple. Diaper covers look adorable on girls and boys 3-6 month old, while tutus or petti-rompers for girls and bow-ties, suspenders, or just a pair of jeans are great for boys 6-12 months old.

Senior Portraits

    • Wear layers and textures, button-down or collared shirts work great
    • Try to avoid black or white shirts. Wear bright colors or earth tones (purples, greens, blues, brown, and deep reds).
    • Don’t be afraid to wear a striped or patterned shirt. I normally discourage it but for senior portraits it can help display your character and personal style!
    • Props are welcome; keep it simple, location appropriate, and true to your interests.
    • If you’re going for a casual look, a nice pair of jeans is the perfect complement.
    • Accessories are fun and easy to remove to switch up your look; scarves, high-heals, hats.
    • Bring hairspray, pins, and your make-up for touch-up.
    • Girls, even if you do not normally wear make-up applying a matte foundation will help even skin tones.
    • If you normally wear glasses, they should be part of your portrait. I’ll control the reflections to the best of my ability by adjusting your pose, but sometimes it’s impossible to completely eliminate glasses glare. If you have thick lenses or have had severe reflection problems in the past, you may want to ask your optometrist to loan you a frame with no lenses for your portrait. Or if you’ll feel more comfortable being photographed, wear contacts.
    • If you have braces, we can do a variety of pictures of you smiling and not smiling in order to give you a good selection to choose from.

Business Portrait

    • Choose a simple classic styes, this will not look dated as styles change.
    • Wear mid-ranged and darker colors. Solid colors such as blue, brown, gray, red, and green are best for both men and women.
    • Avoid busy patterns, large amounts of white, and very bright colors. You want to draw attention to your face and use your clothing as a frame.
    • Wear a simple classic style
    • Suits tailored from structured fabrics such as wool or linen work well. Single breasted suits or jackets tend to lay better when you are sitting for a portrait.
    • Avoid fabrics that winkle easily.
    • Women with long hair should choose a jacket that is a different tone from their hair, otherwise the hair and jacket tend to run together when photographed.
    • If you prefer casual clothes, scarves, hats or small props, please bring them along.

Headshot Portrait

    • Wear a solid color shirt. Prints and patterns do not photograph nearly as well, and may take away from the focal point of the headshot which is your face. You can stick to a basic white or black.
    • Decide what type of neckline accentuates your features. If you want to elongate your neck, wear a v-neck. To show off your collarbones, wear a scoop-necked shirt. If you are large chested, make sure you wear a higher neckline.
    • Bring several choices of shirts with you to the photo shoot. This will give you options. Sometimes, what looks good in person does not look as good in print and vice versa. Therefore, you will want to have options and be able to change your look.
    • Resist the urge to wear accessories. In terms of a model headshot, less is more. You want your headshot to be simple, elegant, and representative of you.
    • Wear makeup, but don’t overdo it. You need a nice base that will photograph well, but you still want to look like yourself in the headshot.

 

Additional Things to Consider:

  • If you normally wear glasses, they should be part of your portrait. I’ll control the reflections to the best of my ability by adjusting your pose, but sometimes it’s impossible to completely eliminate glasses glare. If you have thick lenses or have had severe reflection problems in the past, you may want to ask your optometrist to loan you a frame with no lenses for your portrait. Or if you’ll feel more comfortable being photographed, wear contacts.
  • If you have braces, we can do a variety of pictures of you smiling and not smiling in order to give you a good selection to choose from.
  • Jewelry should be kept simple, wide-plated gold and silver necklaces may cause too much of a glare a become a distraction in your portrait.
  • You want to look your best, so pay a little extra attention to your grooming before your portrait session. If anyone needs a fresh haircut, have it done about a week ahead. Also, It is best to wear your hair the way you normally do.
  • Men, if you have an afternoon or evening appointment , you may want to shave mid-day to avoid the “five o’clock shadow” look. If you wear a beard or mustache, they should be neatly trimmed.
  • Ladies, avoid deep V-necks. You may not feel comfortable in certain poses if you wear this type of shirt.
  • Apply make-up as you normally would, an even foundation that matches your skin tone, mascara and a touch of lipstick. Feel free to bring along a powder compact to eliminate any shine.