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What You Need To Know

What you need to know to make you portrait look its very best-

Many people ask, "How can I make the most out of my portrait session?" Here are some simple answers that will make the difference between a good and bad session.

1. FINDING THE RIGHT CLOTHES: Here are a few ideas that will help you choose the BEST clothes to wear in your Senior Portraits.

Choose a VARIETY of outfits. It's a good idea to include both casual and more formal outfits in your senior portraits. You choose a couple and let Mom choose one or two, that way everyone is happy.

Your face should be the focal point of your portraits. Long sleeve solids or very subtle prints are usually the most flattering in portraits.

Earth tones are best for outdoor portraits. Traditional styles will stand the test of time and keep your portrait looking fresh for years to come.

Some poses will show your shoes so don't forget to bring shoes & socks for each outfit . Busy patterns and loud colors can be very distracting in your portraits. Avoid large & bold patterns that might tend to draw attention away from your face. Nails show in photographs, so make sure your nail polish isn’t chipped. Make sure undergarments will not be seen through clothing. Have outfits on hangers and make sure they are ironed – wrinkled clothes don’t look attractive.

Here are some final tips: Simplicity is the key to a successful portrait. Long sleeve dresses and shirts are recommended. Coordinate your outfit from head to toe. Darker clothes minimize body size. Keep the tonal range of clothing in the same group, don't mix lights & darks in the same outfit. To assure a successful portrait, it is best to bring along several additional clothing choices and let the photographer help you choose. Don't forget to bring your jewelry, especially your class ring. To avoid glare have lenses taken out or borrow frames from optometrist. Remember to not over tan – skin can look like leather if too dark. Do not give yourself a facial the week before – it can cause you to break out. You should wear your hair in your regular style. Guys should NOT have a fresh haircut. If you need a trim, have it done about a week before. Get a good night's rest, relax and be ready for a great portrait session!

2. HAVING THE RIGHT PROPS: Props can help to show your personality and record the types of activities you are involved in. Be sure to bring some of your own props to your portrait session. 

Here are some ideas: Musical Instrument, art work, collections, flowers, hobbies, Leather Jacket, letterman’s, denim, Hats, Sunglasses, Uniform – band, sports, cheerleading, drill team, karate, etc. Motorcycle, car, truck, four wheelers, ect. Sports Equipment, snow boards, skiis, fishing, hunting, Stuffed Animals. Your friend, brother, sister, Pets (check with the studio ahead of time)

3. MAKE SURE YOU COME TO A PRE-SHOOT CONSULTATION: We strongly advise that you come to the studio for a consultation before your portrait sitting. For 94% of all people, according to statistics, a senior portrait will be the only professional portrait that individuals will have taken of themselves, by themselves. This is a time in most peoples life that they will feel and look their best. So it is very important that when you go to have your portraits taken, you have all the information in hand to get the most out of it. It is also a good time to see the many options that are available for finished portrait options. That will also be helpful in how you design your over-all portrait package, which will influence your choice of clothing, props and background choices.