Thursday, April 24, 2014



We recommend that you bring long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves to allow the focus to be on the face.  Bare shoulders, spaghetti straps, or t-shirts can sometimes make you appear heavier unless you are extremely thin to begin with.  Darker shades are much more slimming while stripes, plaids, checkers, and bold prints draw attention away from the face and do not photograph well. Bring more than less!  We can help you pick when you get to our dressing room and we can give you suggestions on what will look best! If you are interested in our White on White portrait (WOW!), bring a white or pale pastel outfit.  Black (long sleeved) is a must and a good choice for the black and white portraits or for a dramatic look in color.  Don’t forget all seasons!  You can really add variety to your session by bringing clothes that suit all seasons.  (Ex. sun dress in the summer, sweaters in the fall, dressy coat and boots in the winter, etc.) 


Just be creative and wear what is you! 
*For your yearbook picture, head/shoulder shots, and close-ups, dress in something very simple both in color and style.  Guys usually wear a sport coat, suit, or shirt/sweater.  Girls, something simple on the neck both in style and color is best.  Black tops, especially V necks, photograph very well.  We can also provide you with the classic drape if you prefer. 
**Avoid large, bold brand names or words on clothing.
 Outdoor Session

Bring a casual outfit that will blend with natural outdoor settings.  Earth tones are an excellent choice.  Always bring a dark top for outdoors.  Black, dark blue/green, plum and brown colors are strongly suggested.  For the summer, feel free to bring different tops and have at least one long sleeve or spaghetti strap with cardigan. Remember, simple styles photograph best.  Also, if you have a  hobby or interest, such as hiking, fishing, or biking, bring your gear.  Other suggestions for your outdoor session include being photographed with your car, dog, horse, bike, skis, skateboard or motorcycle.
Anything that says you, is welcomed!  Props can be as simple as your class ring, a jean jacket, sunglasses, hats, flip flops, scarves, uniforms, awards, or even your iPod.  Bring your musical instrument or any sports related stuff.  Sometimes simple is best though, so props are not necessary if you don’t want to bring them.
Don’t try out a new hairstyle for your session.  Also, it is better to have your hair cut (or colored) one week before your session is scheduled.
For Girls
  • Makeup can affect the way your portrait looks.  Both natural and evening looks photograph well.  Lip gloss is a must in order to avoid dry lips (gloss can be color or clear).
  • Finger and toe nails show!  If the paint is chipped off, it will show.  Many casual shots are done barefoot, so don’t forget those toes!  Avoid really bright colors.  Natural or basic colors work best.
  • Tan lines are not attractive in portraits.  We suggest you vary your swimsuit top or use a tanning bed to minimize any tan lines. 
For Guys
  • A fresh shave is a must!  If you have a beard, make sure it has been trimmed to your liking.
  • Shoes.  Bring the right shoes for the outfits.  Docs, dark shoes or sandals photograph better than big, bright tennis shoes.
  • Undershirts.  Bring dark undershirts to wear under dark shirts and light undershirts under light shirts.






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