What to Wear (to Look Your Best)
You’ve taken the time to organize everyone’s schedule to make your portrait session a reality (which is often no small feat), so take the time to make sure you all look your best.
- You have taken the time to organize everyone’s schedule to make your portrait session a reality…which is often no small feat…so tale the time to make sure you all look your best.
- Sleep! Make sure you get at least 2 nights of good sleep before your photo session so that you will look fresh.
- Hair Care. Guys, let a new hair cut grow out for at least a week before your pictures, allowing time for any white tan lines to disappear. Also, take the time to get a close shave. Girls, if you plan on coloring your hair or getting a new style, also allow at least a week to get used to the style.
- Clothes. Keep it simple and make sure you feel good in the clothes you select. Have your clothes and accessories ready the night before your shoot. Choose clothes that reflect your style and are appropriate for the event. Make sure they are clean and free of wrinkles. Solids and long sleeves look best…even in the summer. The focus will be put on your beautiful faces and smiles and it’s more flattering overall. I always suggest selecting a pallet of colors. Your portraits will look more professional if you choose similarly colored clothing. There is no need to be “matchy-matchy”…you aren’t all waiters, but coordination can look excellent and not posed. If you select a white top, nude toned undergarments photograph much better than white undergarments. Below are some examples of coordinating clothing that works well.
- Make-up. Make sure that your face make-up is blended into your neck so that when you look in the mirror your neck is not too white. Also check to see if you have tan lines that will show with the different outfits you are going to wear. Bring chapstick or lip gloss to keep your lips moist. If you have a blemish, don’t worry too much about covering it up as I will retouch all final images and remove them.
- Glasses. If you wear glasses, consider bringing an extra pair of frames without lenses. Many Optometrists will allow you to borrow a pair of frames for your pictures. Transition glasses will be dark and are not recommended.
- Nails and Finishing Touches. Make sure your fingernails are nicely trimmed and/or manicured. Your hands will show.
- Props and Personal Items. High School Seniors, feel free to bring a special item or piece of equipment for your session. We can discuss this in your consultation. If you play the guitar, and that says something about who you are, bring it!
- Relax and Have Fun: I strive to make the portrait sessions fun. If you are enjoying the session, it will show through and the result will be better images.