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Portrait FAQ's


Looking for information on what to wear or what to bring? The following recommendations will help ensure a unique and personalized look for your sitting.



  • Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and reflect your personality.
  • Bring multiple outfits.
  • Bring a variety of outfits - both causal and formal.
  • Coordinate your outfit from head to toe.
  • Keep the tonal range of clothing in the same group; don't mix lights & darks in the same outfit.
  • Select 2-3 complementing solid colors in tones such as greens, blues, purples, burgundies, khakis, black, navy and denim.
  • Avoid large prints, stripes, busy patterns and bright colors - these overwhelm and create distractions in your portrait.
  • A black shirt or top is always a good choice.
  • Bring appropriate shoes, socks and a belt for each outfit.
  • Be sure the clothes you select fit properly, especially shirt collars.
  • Short sleeves are OK, but long sleeves are best. Be sure to bring at least 1-2 long sleeve tops.
  • Dark clothes will help to make you look thin.
  • Traditional clothing styles will better stand the test of time.
  • Medium to dark clothes look the best on dark backgrounds.
  • Medium to light colors look the best on lighter colored backgrounds.
  • Earth tones are best for outdoor portraits.
  • Bring all clothes on hangers. Be sure clothes are not wrinkled.


  • Wear your hair in your normal style.
  • Do not change your hairstyle in the days before your portrait session.
  • If you want to get a haircut, schedule it one week before your portrait session.
  • A fresh shave is important for men. Neatly trim beard or mustache.
  • Bring your hair care/styling products. back to top Skin
  • Minor blemishes and scars will be removed by retouching.
  • Avoid sunburn and tan lines.
  • Girls keep make-up simple and natural.
  • Avoid makeup with sparkles and SPF. You can bring your makeup to the session.
  • Your nails will show in some portraits. Be sure fingernails and toenails are polished and not chipped.
  • Jewelry

  • Keep jewelry simple and to a minimum.
  • Bring appropriate jewelry for each outfit.
  • Props

  • Props are recommended. Bring props that are a part of your life and personality.
  • For example:
  • Musical Instrument
  • Leather Jacket
  • Letter Jacket
  • Sports Uniform/Jersey
  • Hats
  • Sports Equipment (lacrosse stick, bat, football, etc.)
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Sunglasses
  • Hobby Items
  • Cars/Motorcycles

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