How to Prepare for Portraits
getting sun burned prior to your portraits. It may be best to stay out of
the sun in the week leading up to your portraits just to make sure you do
not get sun burned.
you must be in the sun in the week or so before your portrait, be sure to
use a high SPF sun screen on all exposed skin areas but especially on your
face. (The photographer’s favorite is SPF 45. Contrary to popular belief
it is still possible to get tan, and even sun burnt, while wearing it so be
sure to apply it often.) Wear a hat while in the sun to further avoid a sun
is important to be on time for your portrait session.
to keep your clothing simple. Solid colors are the least distracting and
often the best. Large or bold patterns and bright colors are
distracting in a portrait. They draw attention away from your face.
shirts and dresses tend to distract from your face as well. They also tend
to make arms look heavier than they truly are. Sleeved and long sleeve
dresses and shirts help draw attention away from your arms and focus on your
clothing tends to have a slimming effect and acts to minimize body size
while light tones tend to emphasize body size.
– If your neck is short and your face is full then scoop or v-necks tend
to be most appealing. If your neck is long and your face is slender then a
turtleneck or high-necked garment is more flattering.
the couple’s clothing does not have to match it is best if they are in the
same style clothing. Do not mix casual and formal attire.
it is appealing if the color of the subjects clothing matches or is similar.
light and dark colors can distract from your face.
stronger colors and patterns for accent items like scarves and neckties.
or light pastel clothing looks best in portraits taken against a white or
light colored background. Dark clothing looks best photographed
against darker backgrounds and creates a more formal mood.
– If either person in the portrait wears glasses regularly then consider
wearing the glasses in the portrait. However, if it is possible bring, a
second pair of glasses without lenses for the portrait in order avoid glare
and distracting reflections. Only have a trained professional remove the
lenses from your glasses. If it is not possible to have a pair of glasses
without lenses, do not worry.