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— Photo Session Preparation —


Simplicity is the Keynote
  • Solid colors are best. Avoid large or bold patterns and bright colors. They draw attention away from the face.
  • Long sleeve dresses and shirts are recommended. They draw attention away from the arms and focus it on the face. (Short sleeves are acceptable for infants and small children).
  • Coordinate your attire from head to toe, carefully selecting appropriate shoes and stockings, as our photographer may portray you in a full length pose.
  • Darker clothing tends to minimize body size, and light tones tend to emphasize body size.
  • Necklines are important. A vee or scoop neck is best if your neck is short and your face is full. A turtle neck or high necked garment is more flattering if your neck is longer and your face is slender.
  • For group photos dress everyone in the same style of clothing. Do not mix casual and formal attire.
  • Keep the tonal range of clothing within the group the same. Do not mix light and dark values. Save patterns for accent items like scarves and neckties.
  • White or light pastel clothing, shoes, stockings, pants or dresses look best in portraits taken against a white or light background.
  • To assure a successful portrait, it is best to bring along several additional clothing choices.
  • Remember to bring all accessories for each outfit: jewelry, undergarments, socks, shoes.
  • Girls, please have your makeup already applied and your hair styled when you arrive and hands manicured.
  • If you wear glasses please make provisions to either have your lenses removed from the frames or have an optician apply a glare-free coating to the lens surface a week before your session.
  • You may bring your favorite CD's to play during your session.

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