• ~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
    ~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
  • ~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