Photo Day Prep

Are you planning to have a portrait made in the near future? Are you still debating what clothes to wear or how to have your hair done? Here are a few tips that might help.

  1. Consider wearing clothing that is of medium tones. White shirts tend to wash out easily, especially in digital photography. Also, a fair skinned person in a black suit will tend to look even that much more pale when photographed.
  2. Make sure you like your hair. One of the biggest complaints we hear from people when looking at their photos, is I wish I had fixed my hair differently. Test out your hairstyle before hand just to make sure it is really what you want. It is also a bad idea to have a portrait made shortly after you have your hair cut. The hair looks choppy and rarely lays the way you want it to.
  3. Consider what others in the photo will be wearing. Nothing looks worse in a photo than people who have on clothes that clash.
  4. Simple is good. I usually recommend clothes and accessories that are simple in style and color. Busy clothing or large accessories will just distract from the subject of the photo. YOU!
  5. Relax and have fun. One of the most important things you can do to get great, natural looking portraits is to relax and have fun with it. It is stressful enough just to get ready and be at the session. Don’t let that get in the way. Give yourself enough time to be ready and don’t sweat the small stuff. That huge blemish that just popped up on your face can be easily removed in editing. Also, let the photographer work on getting the best smile and making sure your eyes are open. That is what they were hired for. If you spend too much time worrying about your smile looking fake, you can be certain that it will.

There are probably many more things to add, but this seems to be the most common issues I see on a day to day basis. The biggest thing is as I said above, just have fun with it!