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What to Wear for Beautiful Portraits

  • Keep it simple. Solid colors are best in portraits. Avoid large, bold patterns and bright colors that draw attention away from your face.
  • Cover up arms. Long sleeves draw attention away from your arms and helps bring the focus to your face.
  • Don't forget the bottom half. Our photographer may suggest a full-length pose. Make sure you coordinate portrait clothing from head to toe.
  • Accentuate the positive in portraits. Darker clothing slims. Light tones tend to emphasize body size.
  • Frame your face. Scoops or v-necks flatter shorter necks and full faces. Turtlenecks or high-necked garments flatter longer necks and slender faces.
  • Keep clothing consistent. Dress everyone in the same style. Don't mix casual and formal clothing in portraits.

Coordinate Colors

  • Wear light on white. Light pastel or white clothing looks best against a light-colored or white portrait background.
  • Wear dark on dark. Dark clothing looks best against darker backgrounds and creates a more formal mood in portraits.
  • Don't mix light and dark colors in portraits. Save stronger colors and patterns for accent items like scarves and neckties.

Pick Portrait Studio Props and Backdrops

  • Ask for advice. If you're not sure what you want in your portrait, our photographers can help you choose a portrait background that suits your needs.
  • Add your personality. For a personal touch, bring a favorite toy or your own props to a portrait session. View additional ideas under our Personalized Portraits page.
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