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What Should We Wear?

(Are you VISUAL?  We have collected a variety of images we think you will like…
check out our Pinterest Clothing Board.)

Wardrobe selection for your portrait is a critical part of your preparation for a successful portrait.  We want your portrait to reflect the personality of you and  your family, but we also want you to be able to enjoy the portrait for decades without the distraction of trends and fashion statements.  The classic basics are always current and will remain relevant throughout the years.

Basic Guidelines

  • Match your clothing to the surroundings.  When looking at a piece of art, the things that stand out first are those points with the most contrast.  When you match the clothing colors to the background, the faces are the most different and then become the main focus.  Light clothes on a light background makes the faces (then the darkest thing in the image) appear first.  This is best demonstrated by looking at timeless beach portraits… white and khaki match the sand of the beach, then the faces of the subject(s) become the thing you see first.    When outdoors, we recommend wearing colors that match the surroundings; green, brown, deep colors.  White can be difficult outdoors.  When looking at a portrait with the subjects wearing white outdoors, the clothing is the first thing your eye sees.
  • Dark colors are more slimming.
  • Solid colors are a much better choice than any kind of pattern.  Patterns can become distracting to the eye.
  • Avoid Short Sleeve Clothing and Short Pants.  For adults and older children, large areas of skin also compete with subjects’ faces (even for casual portraits it is equally important to wear long pants instead of shorts.  One of the most common regrets we hear from clients is that they chose short-sleeved shirts and their arms visually stand out more than they imagined.  The older we get, the more important that becomes.
  • Rules can be broken!   Sometimes the portrait is about the clothing… a little girl’s outdoor tea party, a bride on a dark background, etc.

Group (Family) Sessions

Keep your clothing simple and coordinating. It must be carefully selected to blend the bodies together.  Avoid loud or busy patterns and large logos.  Solid colors are best. First, decide whether the basic tone of the clothing will be warm-toned (browns, etc.) or cool-toned (blues/grays/blacks, etc.) Everyone should have color-coordinated outfits (Not a uniform necessarily, but there should be a theme).

Finally, lay out all the clothing onto a bed. Shoes, socks, stockings (dark hose is mandatory) – everything should be included…shoes, too! Then, take a careful look at the collection.  You will quickly see if someone stands out more than the rest of the group.

Newborns and Babies

95% of the time, photographs of newborns and babies look best in their natural element i.e…their birthday suits!  If you want them to be photographed with clothes, solid colors usually work best. Of course if you have that amazing outfit that you would love a photograph of, include it!  We LOVE Bare Feet!  Feel free to bring any kind of prop or special items that you want included.  Parents should dress in solid black from head to toe so that I can get the creative shots you are looking for!



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... my beautiful granddaughter! Her grandfather and I have had {J} since she was a tiny baby. Cindy, you have truly captured her love of life and that wonderful smile! Thank you very much.

(noted on a photo we recently captured)

Diann L