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Preparing for a Portrait photo shoot... a few ideas..

Having a portrait of you or your family commemorates a period of time in your life, capturing a brief moment of your history. Your portrait photo will be an heirloom that is handed down from generation to generation, so you want to present the real you in the best possible way.

To help your picture ‘speak’ more clearly to those who look at it, the following tips can be very helpful when preparing for your portrait photography shoot

Consider Your Clothing

If you are having a family portrait done, it’s best to co-ordinate everyone’s attire. Not only does this make for an attractive photograph, it also symbolizes unity. 

Regardless of the number of people in the photograph, be sure to choose solid colours. Patterned materials and bright colours are distracting and draw the eye away from the people in the picture. Earth tones, blues, purples, navy or burgundies are good choices. You may want to select 2 or 3 outfit possibilities, so you can get different looks. If you’re unsure, you can consult with our photographer as to the best selection. Always make sure that your entire outfit is co-ordinated from head to toe

One other thing to note is that while short sleeves are okay, long sleeves are better, especially if you are posing for an executive portrait or want a formal look.

Fixing Your Hair

Let those who come after, see the real you in your portrait. Be yourself and wear your normal hairstyle for a natural look. If you’re planning on getting your hair cut or coloured before the photo shoot, have it done at least a week prior to getting the picture taken and keep your hair products handy during the shoot for quick touch ups, if needed.

Play with Props

Props can make a photograph even more interesting. If you’re a musician, consider including your instrument. An athlete might want a jersey or piece of sporting equipment in the picture. Props for any special interest or theme add a little more of your personality to the portrait, as they show something that is special to you or about you. Future generations will be able to identify where a talent came from while connecting with you through that portrait photo.

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