Ladies, wear your makeup as you normally would and avoid glittery powders and dark lipstick. If you would like a new look, have your hair and makeup done before the day of your session and make sure that you are happy with the results. Pack a hair brush and extra makeup. Beautiful jewelry adds to a portrait but avoid large bulky earrings and necklaces as it will take away from your face.
Gentlemen should have their hair cut one week prior to the session. Nails cleaned and filed. Hands are often seen in these portraits. Sometimes the face can appear oily and cause an unflattering shine in a photograph. I prefer to use a very subtle powder that absorbs the oil. If you tend to have a beard shadow by mid-day, schedule your session in the morning when you are clean shaven or shave one hour before the session. Beard shadows show in a photograph and cannot be digitally removed. Be aware of your shoes. They will show in a full length portrait. Bring lip balm.
Eye glasses that turn dark in the sun can create problems with studio lights. If at all possible bring glasses that are not light sensitive. Please call me in advance if you do not have regular lenses.
Do you have a hobby? It can be interesting to include items that are important to you: family jewelry, treasured items from a loved one.
Ladies, wear a blouse or tailored jacket. Large bulky turtle necks do not photograph well. Generally cool, dark color tones draw attention to the face and are also slenderizing. It is best to wear long sleeve shirts. Avoid colors close to your skin tone. They tend to wash out the face. Bright colors and patterns can be distracting. Blue, green, teal blouses or accents in those colors can help emphasize blue or green eyes in a color image. Be aware of clothing that wrinkles easily.
Gentlemen, wear a suit preferably a dark color, white or light blue shirt and coordinating tie. For a more casual look, colored shirts or sweaters with jeans or khaki slacks work well. Stay away from bright white or colors that are close to your facial tone. Avoid busy patterns and large stripes.