Dark cloths work best with dark hair & complexions while light cloths work best with light hair & complexions. Darker clothing tends to minimize body size, and light tones tend to emphasize body size. Avoid green & yellow cloths they tend to have adverse affects on skin tone. Baggy pants, shorts, and slacks do not photograph well and are not recommended. For groups dress everyone in the same style of clothing, do not mix casual and formal attire. Remember simple attire photographs best and it is always a good idea to have several additional clothing choices.

Full length photographs of women should be of women wearing long skirts, pants, or dark stockings. Bare arms tend to bring attention to themselves and away from the face. When wearing a suit or sport jacket, men should wear a long sleeve shirt.

If feet are to show in the portrait, make certain shoes and stockings are in keeping with the visual intent of the portrait. Light pastel clothing, pants, dresses, shoes, or stockings look best in portraits taken against a white or light background. A smile in a full length pose can soften the look of a portrait, while a relaxed, non smiling pose will look more fashionable. Men should have a fresh shave and freshly shampooed hair cut about a week before photo shoot.

For an timeless classic you may wish to try some black & white portraiture. Creative possibilities can be endless so be sure to discuss with the photographer your goals prior to the shoot.

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