Archive for February, 2008

Clients always ask “what should I wear for my photo session?” Clothing choices can be the difference between a good portrait and a great portrait. Here are some ideas that will add a timeless quality to your portraits and put the emphasis on you and not your clothing.

Clothing do’s and don’ts

• Simplicity is the keynote! Choose solid colors, to create a great background for your face. Save stronger colors and patterns for accent items. Scarves and hats are always fun and frame the face.
• Long sleeves, long pants or skirts are best. They draw attention away from the arms and focus it on the face. (Short sleeves are okay for small children). I know I don’t want anyone seeing my arms in a closeup. Unless you work out a lot, you probably feel the same way!
• Make sure your hands and fingernails are clean and manicured, they may be in a close-up.
• Avoid white socks or shoes with dark clothing. Coordinate your attire from head to toe, carefully selecting appropriate shoes and stockings, as you may be photographed in a full-length pose. Don’t forget to add your own style!
• Dark colors slim and streamline the body.
• V or scoop neckline is great if your neck is short and your face is full. A turtle- neck or high neckline is flattering if your neck is longer and your face is slender.
• For a group, dress everyone in the same style of clothing. Do not mix casual and formal attire.
• In a group, avoid wild colors, exotic hairstyles or jewelry. If you are on your own and you are trying to make a statement, great!
• Make-up and hair should be worn as you would on a normal day or going out for the evening. Looking your best will make you feel gorgeous and will show that in your photos. It is always helpful to bring along your mascara, blush, lipstick and a hairbrush for those last minute touch-ups.
• Always bring along several additional clothing choices.

Planning the portrait concept
Coordinating clothing colors increases the appearance of closeness within a family. When there are several people in the picture, keep the colors similar in tone–the same as you would if you were color coordinating a room. This doesn’t mean they all have to be the same color, but do coordinating colors makes a huge difference. Also, consider the location where you will hang the final portrait. This may influence the color scheme you choose for clothing and determine whether your portrait should be vertical or horizontal.

Timing the portrait session
The best lighting for portraiture is when the sun is lower in the horizon. Try to schedule a morning or late afternoon appointment for lighting that is soft and the most beautiful.

Glass glare and reflections can also be a distraction. If you always wear glasses and want to be photographed in them, try removing your lenses or borrowing a similar pair of frames from your eye care provider with the lenses already removed. We are very good at removing bits of glass glare and reflections; however, it can become costly if the glare or distortion is more than normal.

The night before the session get plenty of rest so you won’t have that “ragged out” feeling and look.

Wear your hair the way you normally do. However, quick hair-do changes are a fun way to showcase your different styles, but keep it simple. You don’t want to use up your session time in the front of the mirror! Avoid a radical hairstyle change right before your session. If you don’t like your hair on portrait day, you won’t like your portraits, either!

Wear your makeup as you normally do, just slightly heavier, as you would for an evening out. Even if you don’t normally wear make up, try just the basics: foundation will even out skin tone, powder will help with any unwanted shine, and lip gloss will add a perfect finishing touch. Don’t forget to bring your make-up and hairbrush with you to your session.

Facial Hair
Guys, please make sure you are clean shaved. If you have a mustache, beard or goatee it should be neatly trimmed.

Bring props to help express your personality. Here are some popular choices you can include in your session: Musical instrument, sunglasses, jackets, hats, uniforms, stuffed animals, sports equipment, a favorite souvenir, artwork, collectibles, theme or period outfits for children, or for the really brave; bolts of silky material to wrap up in!

It is always nice to hear what others say about your service or products, especially when it is nice things they say! Another client ran across a review of us on Wedding Wire posted by Charity, one of our beautiful September brides. She said “Theresa and Ned were great! They were always easy to contact when I had question or concerns. They always worked around my schedule, which was difficult since I was planning a Washington state wedding from Southern California. They were so helpful during my rehearsal. And on my wedding, I barely noticed them! They definitely went above and beyond what was expected. The pictures came out great and the price was definitely worth it!!!”

Thanks Charity. It was great working with you, as well! Charity and Andrew had such a beautiful wedding. Here is one of my favorite shots from their day.

Charity and Andrew