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This is our recommended clothing & preparation for portrait sessions:

Each suggestion has the reasons why!

  • Wear solid-colored clothing

    • so that we see all of your faces and no individual stands out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group.​

  • Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued

    • so that you are the subject, not your clothes, and so you don’t stand out from the group. Bright colors project (especially reds, oranges, and yellows), which makes you look larger.​

  • Choose similar tones for the top and bottom (both dark or both light)

    • A white top and dark pants will make your top look bigger. White pants and a dark top will make your butt look bigger.​

  • Choose one to three colors for your group portrait, colors with similar tones that go nicely together. Then have everyone work within that color palette. For example, a group could wear dark green, navy, and burgundy, which are all dark jewel tones. Or a group could wear tan, a lighter olive-green, and denim, all of which are lighter, softer tones.

    • This is so we see people first and your portrait looks stunning. Wedding group photos look so good because they’re all wearing the same colors and the people stand out!​

  • Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow

    • because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention. It may also make your arms look larger.​

  • Choose long pants for men/women or a skirt below the knee for women

    • so that your legs don’t take attention from your face, and you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg.​

  • Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach)

    • because white sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait.​

  • Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic

    • because too much jewelry takes attention away from your face.​

  • Have your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes.

    • This is because your portrait will be more timeless and represent more closely who you are, not just what you look like.​

  • If you're planning to get a haircut or new hairdo, make the appointment at least two weeks prior to your portrait session

    • Fresh haircuts rarely look their best the same day or the next day. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.

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