Preparing for your Portrait
The clothing you choose for your portrait session is a critical factor in creating a successful portrait. Your ultimate goal should be to choose clothing that does not attract attention to itself. After all, the most important part of the portrait is you, not your clothing. White or pastel colours are perfect for lighter backgrounds. Casual outfits in earth tones work best for outdoor portraits.
Consistency is Key for Group Portraits
If you have decided to do a formal portrait, everyone who will be photographed should be wearing formal clothing. Likewise, if you decide to go informal, make sure everyone is dressed casually. Otherwise all attention will be drawn to the one person whose clothing is not consistent.
Colour Coordinate Clothing
Clothing for group portraits must be carefully selected to blend the bodies together. This is best achieved by having everyone wear matching tops and bottoms. If this is not possible, everyone should at least wear the same colour tones.
Bold, bright colours attract attention away from the face. This is especially true for infants and small children. Choose solid coloured clothing, as prints and any kind of pattern – no matter how small – can easily become a distraction.
Avoid Short Sleeve Clothing and Short Pants
Long sleeved clothing is highly recommended! For casual portraits it is equally important to wear long pants instead of shorts. When arms and legs are exposed to the camera there will be more flesh in the photograph in those areas than on the face, itself. This is a significant distraction.
Eyeglasses and Glare There are various “tricks of the trade” that we can use to minimize glass glare in your portraits. However, we cannot guarantee that it will be totally eliminated.
Non-reflective lenses, of course, are a big help. Better yet, remove the lenses from the frame. This is particularly helpful, if your lenses sometimes distort the outline of your face. You may also simply wish to remove your glasses to avoid expensive retouching costs.
Hair & Makeup
Plan to wear your hair in a style you are comfortable with. Avoid new cuts or styles. Ladies keep your make-up natural and fresh. Please remember that the beach is usually a breezy location and flyaway hair can be a problem. It is not always possible to fix your hair after the fact, and doing so may incur an additional charge for retouching.
Gentlemen, try to avoid five-o-clock shadow.