Having your portrait created is a big occasion. You’re investing time and money in having a piece of art made that your family will cherish for a long time. Review these tips for the best possible outcome.
How To Look Your Best
Portraits are best when the viewer is drawn to your face and is not distracted by what you’re wearing.
What To Wear
First of all wear what is comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable you won’t look comfortable! The clothes you wear will help set the mood for the portrait. Think about where the portrait will hang, it should complement your décor.
What Colors Are Best?
Solid mid-range colors work best. Black and darker colors recede and slim. White dominates and can make people look larger in the photograph. Go with the background. In studio we use mostly darker browns and blue drops. If outdoors choose more earth tone colors. Colors should go well together but everyone does not have to match. Avoid bright colors that dominate as well as patterns that will look “busy.”
For black and white portraits choose dark tones of grays, browns, greens or navy, black and maroon.
Long sleeves and long pants are usually the best choice. Remember it’s your face you want viewers to see. Short sleeves, bare shoulders and spaghetti straps can make you look heavier. Of course there are always exceptions, especially if you are thinner and well toned.
Knees & Feet
Knees and even feet can show when seated so women should keep this in mind if they are not wearing pants. White shoes call attention to your feet and flip flops look too casual. However, bare feet are a good choice for casual portraits inside as well as outdoors.
Women usually will style their hair. Men and children should wait a week or more from the time of a haircut. Beards and mustaches should be neat and trimmed.
Women should wear their normal makeup and lipstick. If your skin is oily, shiny or you perspire heavily you might want to dust on a little facial powder right before the session. This goes for men as well. Facial blemishes can easily be removed in retouching. Children are fine and shouldn’t wear any makeup. Avoid large bright hair bows or head bands for little girls.
Take care of tan lines and sun burn. That is virtually impossible to remove in retouching a portrait.
Most eyeglasses these days are very easy to work with in portraits so if you normally wear glasses you can leave them on.Sunglasses and prescription lenses that darken are a problem. So you may need to either be photographed without glasses or ask your optometrist to borrow an empty frame.
So following some simple rules will help you look fantastic in your portrait.