Getting Ready for your Portrait Photography Photo Session
Book Your Shoot
If you would like to book your staff or family photography session with us. We would like you to get the most from your photo session.
We want your experience to be fun, enjoyable, and productive, so we have
put together this guide to help you prepare.
Our goal is to provide you with beautiful and meaningful portraits that you will cherish forever
What To Wear
The goal of any portrait is to direct the viewer’s eye to the subject’s face. All other elements are secondary. The right clothing choice is important. Clothing can easily date your portrait, so we suggest simple clothing with a timeless cut and style. Long-sleeves work best for most portraits, taking attention away from the arms and keeping it on the faces and expressions. Jeans can be timeless and casual. Darker clothing recedes in the image and can appear slimming. If you are doing a staff shoot have your employees wear something that represents your company in the manner you find appropriate.
Family and staff portraits are an occasion to look your best. Try getting everyone to wear variations on the same color or a similar style of clothing for a cohesive look. It looks great when everyone’s clothing works well together. The emphasis then becomes the relationships and faces of those in the portrait, not the clothing you’re wearing.
We will work together to make sure that things work out to create the perfect portrait for you. What else do we need to bring or think of? Bold patterns and bright colors can detract from a portrait but if it’s your style you may want to consider pairing bold patterns with solids.
Scarves, hats, bows, bow ties…they can all add a little ‘fun’ to your timeless style. Accessories are also a great way to coordinate looks, and props can help express your family’s unique personality.
Layers will not only provide more visual interest in your photos but will also allow a lot more variety in your shots and poses. Layering also lets you easily and quickly vary your look: simply add a sweater, jacket, or hat and you have an entirely different look.
Our goal is to capture the members of your family as they are today. Choose clothing they love to wear and that accentuates their individual personalities. Consider that you might be sitting or leaning in different poses. You want to wear something that you feel very comfortable in and that will cover any areas you do not want to show in the images.
Try this. Lay out everyone’s clothing together in the room where your portrait will live. Replace outfits and add accessories until you achieve a fresh and exciting look for that room.
If you have young children in your portrait, please make sure that they have eaten and are rested before the session. Nothing like a happy kid for a smooth experience. Also, bring along any toys that will make your child feel comfortable and safe.
Remember to match the shoes to the style of your overall look: formal-casual and that they match your chosen color palette. Young children can be barefoot if you prefer.
Keep in mind hands usually show, so make sure everyone’s nails are camera ready.
If you want, you can bring some extra clothing options just in case. A brush, hair spray, lipstick, and translucent powder are always great for last-minute touch-ups.
Finally, get everything ready the day before. This will ensure that portrait day goes smoothly and you will not need to rush last minute.