Portrait Style Guide

your portrait session: a style guide


Tips for making the most of your photo session:

I recommend talking about your photo session as an exciting event to look forward to when you talk to your kids.  Even if you personally are dreading being in front of the camera (you don’t need to, by the way – I specialize in people who hate having their picture taken!) try to get your kids excited about it – they will have more fun and that means better pictures. 

What to wear?  This is the most common question people ask me.  Don’t worry!  You will look great.  There are various ways you can dress for your portrait session, I only have one request – please don’t wear white for outdoor sessions.  White is very reflective and for outdoor portraits can look too bright and distract from your faces.  Other than that, wear what you like! But keep in mind: Bring only your favorite clothes that fit well. Choose colors that work for your skin tone and eye color.

Please arrive at your shoot with hair and make-up already done. At the minimum, watch for chapped lips--try applying lip balm or moisturizer.

If you need further help choosing the right outfit, bring at least 2 different tops or outfits to your portrait session from which we can choose.

Many families like to wear similar outfits to look more unified, while others prefer to dress in outfits that express their personalities a bit more. Don’t be afraid to be a little creative – our goal is to capture personalities so let me know if you would like to try something different.

Having your pictures taken should be an exciting and memorable experience, and I work hard to keep it that way so you don’t have to work at all! I promise, it'll be fun!