SUGGESTIONS FOR THE BEST PORTRAIT EVER

CLOTHING

Bring an extra choice of clothing for each subject. Also, bring over and under garments to keep warm in case of unexpected changes in the weather.

Even if you plan to be barefoot for the session, it's best to have easy slip-ons to walk to and between locations.

Remember to dress for the full-length view, keeping socks and shoes in the same tone as clothes. Avoid white tennis shoes or socks, colorful athletic shoes, or trendy styles. Tea length and long dresses or full-length pants are suggested so as to avoid knees being prominent features in the finished portrait.

Small children can have lots of skin showing and barefoot is best.

Light clothing is prone to show wrinkles. If possible, bring your portrait clothing pressed and hanging to change into on location.

To achieve a timeless and undated look for your portrait, it is best to avoid trendy clothing. Tight clothing can also be problematic and should be avoided for your own comfort, as you may need to pose on the ground with your pet.

With a large group, it is important to keep the color and formality of the clothing harmonious. Colors can harmonize such as several shades of blue or can be all pastel or all bold, though red has a tendency to draw the eye away from faces and is not a good portrait color.

Try to keep the top and bottom of your outfit in similar tones. Light with light or dark with dark. With light color clothing try to avoid a dark belt as it tends to "cut" the figure in half visually and calls attention to the waistline.

Avoid large, bold patterns or bright, busy florals. Patterns, if any, should be soft and muted.

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