For dark backgrounds – wear medium to dark tones of browns, blue, green, burgundy, and rust
For White backgrounds – wear ivory, tan, white, pastel colors — especially well for children
Never wear patterns, plaids, stripes, checks, or prints
Stay away from bright colors
Couples or small groups should wear the same or very similar colors. Couples should not wear light or dark tones together (one person in light colored clothing and the other in dark tones)
Families should wear solid colors in the same color range.
Environmental Family Portraits
Casual clothing is best in medium tones for outdoor portraits-
Blues are good all year; Ivory, khaki, salmon are beset in summer greens; medium tones, browns, burgundies, and grays are good choices for the fall color.
Solid colors in the same tones are best for any environmental portrait. These clothing choices will convey the “family” connection.
Hair and Make-up
Make-up should be natural.
Lip gloss should be avoided, as it may reflect the light and distort the lips.
Hair should be styled as you see yourself — your portrait sitting should not be the time to tryout a new hairdo.
Men should have their hair cut approximately one week before the portrait.
Avoid large sparkle jewelry, as it may reflect light and create a costly correction
Summary Of Tips
Do not wear yellow or greens for your portrait sitting
Wear darker tones with dark backgrounds
Wear light clothing for lighter backgrounds and fair complexions
Turtlenecks, u-neck, v-neck tops photograph well (make sure they are not too low or too high)
Long sleeves are best
Glasses – if you ear glasses for your portrait, have the lenses removed or borrow a pair of rims only which match your glasses
Legs should be covered – long skirts, pants, hose
Choose shoes and hose to match pants, skirts, etc. Avoid oversized shoes
Hair should be styles the way you ordinarily wear it –don’t try out a new style for your portrait
Wear natural make-up