• For White backgrounds – wear ivory, tan, white, pastel colors -especially 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, and salmon are best in summer greens; medium tones, browns, burgundies, and grays are good choices for the fall.
  • 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 the way you ordinarily wear it — 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.

Jewelry and Miscellaneous

  • Avoid large, sparkly 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, and 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 over-sized shoes

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