Thursday, November 6, 2008

Recommendations for how to dress for your family portrait...

Recommends the following...


Choose clothes appropriate to the portrait's setting. An outdoor portrait with a backdrop of the ocean or at the beach lends itself to casual clothing like jeans or khaki pants and crisp white shirts, or sweaters. When in a studio portrait setting with a plain colored background will require more formal or semi-formal clothing chooses.

Match your outfits. Everybody in the portrait should wear items that complement each other. It is not necessary for all clothes to match, but there should be a theme that pulls it all together. The goal is balance: so if grandpa wears a suit and tie and grandma wears shorts and a t-shirt, the portrait will look unbalanced and poorly planned.

Solids are always best. Bold stripes, large designs, logos and polka dots stand out and tend to draw attention away from the subject. An eclectic mix of patterns can and will clash reducing the quality of your portrait.

Let your age and not the style of clothing you wear date the portrait. Dress in timeless clothing for your family portrait. This will help to make the portrait more of a timeless keepsake. Have appropriate shoes and socks. Many family portraits are full-body shots, so if you wear sneakers with your dress, you'll probably feel silly. If you plan to change clothes, bring shoes and socks to go with each outfit.

Large, baggy clothing make people look larger in photographs. Wear clothes that fit properly. In addition, skimpy or revealing clothes are inappropriate dress for family portraits.

Wear colors that translate well through photography. Dark colors like navy blue, black and earth tones look especially nice when outdoors. White clothing can get lost against a white background, and dark clothing against a pastel provides nice contrast. Bright shades of yellow, orange and pink can alter skin tones and are not preferred for ideal photographs.

Clean and iron all clothing before the portrait. If your clothes wrinkle easily, change just before the shoot. Bring wrinkle release spray and a quick detergent pen is a good idea for last-minute emergencies.


Women should keep jewelry to a minimum and wear natural-looking makeup. You may want to wear slightly more lipstick or blush than usual so it shows up in the picture. Take some spare makeup with you and ask the photographer whether you need adjustments.


Men should shave before the portrait and trim moustaches or beards. Get a haircut at least (2)two weeks before the portrait. If you get a bad cut, a couple of weeks will allow your hair to recover.

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