Memorable portraits require careful planning.  The guidelines below will assist you in making important decisions about your portraits.

Simplicity is the key.Solid colors are the best.  Avoid large or bold patterns and bright colors.  They draw attention away from the face.

Long sleeves are recommended.    They draw attention away from the arms and focus it on the face.

(Short sleeves are acceptable for children).

Coordinate your attire from head to toe, carefully selecting the appropriate shoes and stockings, as I may portray you in a full length pose.Darker clothing tends to minimize body size, and light tones tend to emphasize body size.

Glasses can distort the size and shape of your face and create undesirable lighting patterns.  I recommend using lense-less frames.  Some opticians will either remove your lenses or allow you to borrow a pair of frames for your session.  Transition lenses and non-glare lenses do NOT photograph well, which can be devastating when outdoor sessions are planned.  Non-glare restricts the glare that enters your eye, they do not prevent glare from reflecting off of them.  Extra costs may apply to correct these problems.  Contacts are great.

Keep the color tones and styles similar in a group.  Don’t mix brights with darks, or casual with formal.

Hair cuts are best if they are a week old.

Make-up should be of evening intensity, not too dramatic, but heavier than your daytime look.  Natural color foundations can improve the overall look of all complexions and is strongly suggested for MEN with red, ruddy or acne skin.  (Do you think Brad Pitt wakes up looking that good?).  Powder is a must to reduce shine.  Moderate tans are beautiful.  However, you should avoid the sun at least three days before your session.  Sunburns do not photograph well.