Signature Portrait Photography
Portrait Photography. Family. Wedding. Canvas. Wall Art. Corporate Headshots.
By Kevin G. Saunders
SIGNATURE PORTRAIT ATTIRE SUGGESTIONS
Our approach to portraits at this level is to help you create an heirloom that will stand the test of time. Styles come and go and for many, this becomes the most elegant portrait they will possess in a lifetime.
We ask that you put some thought into your attire so when we meet you and the magic happens, it exceeds your expectations. Our portraits render as paintings and our Masterpiece Finish is, in fact, hand-painted, so we are continuing the tradition of portrait artists for the last few hundred years in how we compose and produce your own portrait.
With this in mind, look at some tips and hints below and please contact us with any questions as we are here to help you! These are not hard and fast rules, so plan on looking like you want others to perceive you in future generations.
Note that the thoughts below are focused on color portraits. Black and white portraits take a different approach as contrast and texture are more important than color. We are happy to discuss the nuances of black and white on an individual basis, so contact Kevin if you have questions. The main idea is to consider how you wish to be remembered in future generations.
Please try on your outfits before the session and if they need alterations, consider having them done by our friends at Wah Tee Tailoring. Wah Tee is amazing and they can make a huge difference in the outcome of your portraits for a very reasonable price. They can hit a deadline too!
Men look best in a Tuxedo, suit or dark jacket, dress shirt, tie, and trousers. If you have gained or lost weight, consider getting the jacket altered, so it fits well. Tight fitting clothing is a guaranteed way to look uncomfortable. A one-week-old haircut is perfect. Think timeless and "Sunday Best." A white or blue shirt and your best tie round things out nicely.
What works best is your best dress or gown with sleeves (short or long sleeves). Think of the color that speaks to you! If you want to rock a colorful gown, go for it. Black can work, but it needs some structure or accessories to photograph well. Little or no pattern is preferred. Classic Jewelry such as diamonds, pearls, etc. are encouraged.
Nails should be done in a french manicure or in natural colors. Your hair and makeup should reflect you
at your best.
This is where you have control over how you will be remembered in 20, 40, or 100 years. Contact us
Dark or jewel toned solid dresses are preferred, but ivory or off white are also acceptable if they are 5 or under. Girls are usually preferred to have short or no sleeves. Nails should be done in a french manicure or in natural colors. Less is more regarding jewelry.
Young men can dress the same as men, or a solid dark sweater. If under 5, a white shirt with bow tie is fine.
Pets are people too! We love it when you want to include your pet so we only have a few rules. If your pet is well behaved and can handle the stimulation of the studio lights and meeting new people, fantastic.
Have them groomed and bring treats and please be self-contained with all of their needs such as water bowls, grooming brushes, etc.
We love service animals and they get our greatest respect.