Beautiful and memorable portraits do not just happen, they are carefully planned to capture your special expression. You will be photographed in an artistic and flattering way that will add a dimension of luxury to your portrait. Please take a few moments to look over the following suggestions to see how you may participate in the planning of your "very special personalized piece of art."
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 you
may be portrayed 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.
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. Save stronger colors and patterns for accent items.
To assure a successful portrait it is best to bring along several additional clothing choices.