Before the Shoot:

  • Get a good nights sleep before the shoot
  • Drink lots of water and cut down on alcohol in the days before the shoot.
  • Be sure to plan out your outfits completely a few days before your session. Arrange your outfits ahead of time on your bed, including accessories. Make sure all clothes are clean and pressed and on hangers. Remember, shoes should be clean and stylish, too.
  • Do not use tanning beds during the week prior to the shoot
  • Do not schedule a facial during the week prior to the shoot

What To Wear

Here are a few tips for making picture-perfect fashion decisions:

1. Layer and Texture

For portraits, simple is good. Go for a classic look and avoid trends that will make your photo look dated in six months.

  • Layered clothing is attractive on both men and women and photographs fabulously.
  • Two textures of clothing adds interest.
  • Choose clothes that flatter your body type and make you feel great when wearing them.
  • Jewelry (in most shoots) should be minimal, simple and elegant.

2.  Stick With Solids

A solid color shirt works best. Patterns can take the focus away from the face, and may make the portrait look too busy. Avoid overly bright colors like yellow and orange which can give your skin an unpleasant hue in a photo.

  • Think about the color of background that you’d like to use in your portrait or headshot. Light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds, and dark clothes look better on darker backgrounds. If you are using a black background, darker colors such as royal blue, green, dark gray or denim work well.
  • Consider colors darker than your skin tone, deep red, blue, green or black
  • White and cream (lighter than your skin tone) are an exception
  • For business portraits, men should select a shirt with at least some color, e.g., blue oxford cloth.
  • Consider colors that make your eyes stand out…
    • blue eyes – consider grey/blue or pure blue
    • green eyes – consider turquoise or green
    • hazel eyes – consider either of the above
  • AVOID: bold, dramatic patterns, stripes or dots, clothes with logos, bright white undershirts, bulky clothing, including blouses with shoulder pads and reflective clothing

3.  Try a Variety of Necklines

If you will be able to change outfits during the photo shoot, bring a few different shirts with different necklines to see which works best with your own face. While V-necks or turtlenecks can work well, if the V-neck is too low or the turtleneck too bulky they will probably not work well for a portrait.

  • V-necks lengthen your neck, which is appropriate for broad faces
  • Round necklines shorten your neck, which is appropriate for thin faces
  • Square necklines make a square jaw more prominent
  • Turtlenecks or scarves hide the neck and should be generally avoided but can also be skillfully used to hide worrisome areas

4.  Wear Long Sleeves

Most men and women are advised to wear long sleeves during a portrait session since it’s flattering to the arms. This is especially true for portraits on a black background where arms with paler skin will stand out too much against the dark background and draw the viewer’s attention away from the face.

5.  Hair & Makeup:

  • Consider a hair cut a week or two before the session, but not a new hairstyle.
  • Women, consider getting your brows cleaned up with a brow wax or threading.
  • Women, if hair and makeup are not part of your session, consider having it styled at your salon before we shoot or apply your own makeup with a natural look that is slightly heavier than usual.
  • Men usually look best with a clean shave or a freshly trimmed beard; consider trimming your eyebrows.
  • **If you are having your hair and makeup done by the stylist at the studio before the shoot, make sure you arrive with clean, dry hair and a clean moisturized face.

I will gladly retouch boo-boos, scars, and blemishes. My clients love this extra service.

Questions? I’m always just a phone call (or email) away! Contact me, Kara Hudgens, and let’s get you ready for your photo shoot.


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