What should I wear?
Simple, plain outfits always photograph best. In general, darker colors and long sleeves are preferred. The attention should be on your face, and long sleeves help eliminate distractions created by bare arms. The clothes should say something about who you are, but without being dominant.
For most portraits, solid colors have a more timeless quality. Also, denim is almost always a great choice. Other good colors would be navy, greens, browns, reds, black and darker blues. Avoid pastels, pinks, yellows and other pale colors for color portraits, unless you are at the beach.
How about a group?
Solid colors within the same color family are most appropriate. Work for balance, harmony and color coordination. Try placing your clothing side by side and see if any particular article “jumps out” at you. If it does, it will dominate all the more in your portrait and take away from the overall beauty.
Any makeup tips?
Keep your makeup natural and fresh. Eye shadow should be applied lightly and with care, since the center point of interest in a fine portrait is the eyes. Also, bring your makeup with you in case touch-ups are required. Avoid tan lines and sunburns.
What are the guidelines for facial hair?
A man with a beard or mustache should just make sure it is neatly trimmed.
How do we keep the kids in line?
It isn’t necessary to “train” your children to smile for the camera. We always have fun with children, and much prefer the easy, sunny smiles that come naturally! Do try to limit outfit changes, though. Changing clothes can become very frustrating for little ones (and for you, too).
Can I use special items from home?
Certainly! Personalize your child’s portraits with significant mementos like a favorite blanket, toy, rattle, family heirloom or favorite book. Teens can also showcase items that represent this time of transition and accomplishment with trophies, uniforms, instruments, artwork or other special mementos.