garments always photograph best. We prefer solid colors
• Please avoid wearing
bold horizontal stripes or busy patterns. Shirts with logos,
advertisements, or cartoon characters will distract from the
Turtle necks or
V-necks are flattering provided that neither
is exaggerated in style. Avoid very wide or particularly deep V-neck
garments, as well as bulky cowl neck sweaters that completely hide the
• Long sleeves are
essential for teens and adults, as bare arms call attention to
themselves and will overpower the face. Please avoid sleeveless
garments at all costs.
• Women being
photographed in full length should wear long skirts, pants, or dark
stockings in order to keep the eye from being directed towards the legs
and away from the face.
• Make certain shoes and
stockings are in keeping with the visual intent of the portrait.
• Men should have their
hair cut about one week before the portrait session. Women should
be photographed whenever they are happiest with their hair in relation
to the time it is styled.
In a family group,
proper clothing coordination is critical. When decorating a home,
a major concern is to coordinate the colors and tones of the walls,
carpets, draperies, and furniture. This kind of coordination also
is necessary when selecting clothing for a group portrait. Choose
clothing in the same tonal ranges so that no single member of the family
stands out because the clothing is too bright as compared to the rest of
With business attire a pure white shirt or
blouse with a dark suit jacket will emphasize your neck rather than your
face. Pastel, thin striped, or soft patterned shirt with a subtle
tie is preferable. You may want to bring extra clothing and
accessories "just in case," and we will help you decide if
something else would coordinate better.