• Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and reflect your personality.
  • Bring a variety of outfits – both causal and formal.
  • Coordinate your outfit from head to toe. Wear matching shoes and accessories to complete your outfit. Bring appropriate shoes, socks and a belt.
  • Keep the tonal range of clothing in the same group; don’t mix lights & darks in the same outfit.
  • Avoid large prints, logos, stripes, busy patterns and bright colors – these overwhelm and create distractions in your portrait.
  • Neutral solid-colored tops are always a good choice. White is also classic for beach portraits.
  • Be sure the clothes you select fit properly, especially shirt collars. Unless you have a fit and trim body you want to accentuate, avoid tight-fitting clothing. You don’t have to go baggy, but make sure it is comfortable.
  • Short sleeves are OK, but long sleeves are best. Unless you’ve got defined arms, avoid strapless. Most people don’t like how their arms look in pictures when they are bare.
  • Dark clothes will help to make you look thin.
  • Avoid clothing that is super trendy, or at least have one outfit considered traditional. Traditional clothing styles will better stand the test of time.
  • Medium to dark clothes look the best on dark backgrounds.
  • Medium to light colors look the best on lighter colored backgrounds.
  • Earth tones are best for outdoor portraits.
  • Be sure clothes are not wrinkled.

Glasses and Contact Lenses

  • Most glasses create spots of reflected white glare in photos, and some prescriptions may do it more than others. If your glasses do not have non-glare coating, you may want to call your optician and arrange to either borrow a pair of empty frames like yours or have the lenses removed from your own frames. Many opticians will gladly do this for free if you give them plenty of notice. This will eliminate glare and distortions. Have a pair of prescription sunglasses? You can also have those lenses temporarily removed.
  • Bring your solution and contacts case. The lights may dry your eyes and cause you to blink.


  • When styling your hair, choose a comfortable style you know looks good. Do not change your hairstyle in the days before your portrait session.
  • If you want to get a haircut, schedule it one week before your portrait session.
  • A fresh shave is important for men. Neatly trim beard or mustache.
  • Bring your hair care/styling products.


  • Minor blemishes and scars will be removed by retouching.
  • Avoid sunburn and tan lines.
  • Girls keep make-up simple and natural. Avoid makeup with sparkles. Powder can help with unwanted shine. You can bring your makeup to the session.
  • Major scars and tattoos are not automatically retouched unless you request it. Most can be removed or diminished but we’ll need to know your preference before we shoot the photos.


  • Your nails will show in some portraits. Be sure fingernails and toenails are trimmed.
  • Girls make sure your nail polish is not chipped. Clear or neutral colored nails work best


  • Keep jewelry simple and to a minimum. Jewelry that is too big can be distracting.
  • Bring appropriate jewelry for each outfit.
  • Bring your class ring.


Props are recommended. We may or may not use them all of them, but bring a selection to choose from. Bring props that are a part of your life and personality. For example:

  • Musical Instrument
  • Leather Jacket
  • Letter Jacket
  • Sports Uniform/Jersey
  • Hats
  • Sports Equipment (lacrosse stick, bat, football, etc.)
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Sunglasses
  • Hobby Items
  • Cars/Motorcycles
  • Vintage bike
  • Skateboard
  • Balloons
  • Umbrella
  • Confetti
  • Flowers
  • Pet
  • Blanket
  • Books
  • Vintage suitcases
  • Antique items

Preparing on the Day of Your Shoot

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get ready prior to your shoot.
  • Dress in one of the outfits you plan to be photographed in. Put all of your other clothing, accessories, makeup, shoes, hair styling accessories or products, props, and your sample photos in your vehicle.
  • Eat something before you leave for your appointment (there’s nothing worse than feeling faint underneath hot lights or when you’re in a pose). Drink plenty of water and then take a bottle of water along with you. (Water doesn’t stain if it spills so stick with water rather than soda or another beverage.)

Satisfaction Guarantee

  • I will work with you if you have any health concerns or special needs. Let me know how I can make your photo session go smoothly for you.
  • Want to try something really creative? Let me know. I will work with you to create a fun and storytelling photo shoot.  I would love to hear your ideas for clothing, locations, props, etc.
  • If, for any reason you are unhappy with your original images, just tell me (before you place your order.) Lots of times there are things I can retouch, crop, or do in printing that will make the portraits EXACTLY what you want. If not, we will schedule a time to take additional portraits to your liking of those concepts at no extra cost to you.
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