Preparing For Your Portrait Session
For a timeless, classic portrait, simple outfits which are not distracting
photograph best. Avoid having any one person stand out of the group because he or
she is dressed in brighter or darker clothing than everyone else. Work for balance,
harmony and color coordination. Select clothing that is not easily dated, with long
sleeves and solid colors. In classical portraiture, the goal is to highlight the subject’s
face. Clothing and props should lead the viewer’s eyes to the subject’s face, not
fight for attention. Not only will the camera add weight to the subject, but light
colored clothing does as well. Choose darker solid colors.
Hair and makeup are two critical elements in any portrait, but especially
important in timeless portraiture. Wear your makeup as you would if you were
going out for a nice evening on the town. It’s not a time to try something new or
dramatic. Your hair style should be one that you are comfortable with and not
something new, just for the portrait.
Be sure to shave just prior to your portrait session. There is no way to hide
“five-o’clock-shadow” in your portrait.
Last but not least:
When you discuss the session with your children, please do not instruct them
to “smile” or “do exactly as Mr. Lynch tells you”. Simply let them know how
excited you are about the photography and leave the expressions to us.
If anyone in your family is worried about being photographed, or has a
particular problem or concern, be sure to let us know in private while we are
discussing clothing before the session. We have countless techniques and special
methods which can be used to minimize these issues. The secret to success is
communication. We are here to help and our only objective is to create a portrait
you will cherish for generations.
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