- T-shirts and sweatshirts don't look very good.
- For headshots and fine-art portraits: I recommend simple dark clothing with long sleeves.
- For couple/group sessions: simple, solid colors that complement each other.
- For groups/families: don't all wear the same thing (eg white t-shirt and jeans). You can pick one person (like one of the children) and have them wear a nice outfit. Everyone else will coordinate with the child but not each other. So if you have a little girl with a pretty dress with blue, yellow, and black tones, dad could wear something with yellow. Mom can wear something with blue.
- Not to be heternormative, but dresses do look nice!
- Probably best not to let your kids choose what they'll wear (work together).
- People often choose a light top and darker pants. Some contrast is good, but extreme contrast is not.
- Avoid very bright, vibrant colors and complex patterns.
- You may wish to think about where you will display your portrait. What colors would fit that location?
Makeup and Hair
- There may be some retouching involved, but there's only so much I technology can do. Retouching is like virtual makeup, but the results are not as natural as those achieved with the real thing.
- In other words, everyone should pay extra attention to their appearance.
- Even men can benefit from a little foundation!
- As with clothing, avoid bright headbands/hairclips.
- A little hairspray can help control stray hairs.
- Bring some combs and makeup in case you need a touch up during the session. Wet-naps to clean up kids.
Props are great! They will add a new dimension to your photo. I want to reveal something about your personality, so please bring them!
- you can find prop suggestions at my Amazon store.
- musical instruments
- athletic equipment
- Huge Scrabble tiles like this one if Scrabble is your favorite board game.
Take a look at some posing ideas at my Pinterest Page.