How to Look Better in a Portrait

How to Look Better in a Portrait

At Carolyn Huff Photography Studio, we work with you to create a timeless portrait that will be a visual reminder of a special time or treasured relationships you value.  To help you prepare for your portrait, it's important to do a few things.

First, plan to wear solid color clothing that fits well, is in good repair, and has been recently pressed.  Your sleeves should fall at least to your elbows, so the attention is drawn to your face and not your arms.  Plaids, stripes, logos, and geometric prints do not photograph well and will be distracting in your final portrait image.  Try on all your clothes at least a few days before your portrait session to make sure everything fits. Photoshop is amazing, but there is little our retoucher can do to alter your images when the clothing is too big, too tight, or just doesn’t look great on you. If you are unsure about your clothing, your portrait artist will guide you in assembling a great looking outfit. Little things really do matter!  Sometimes, people assume their portrait won't include the whole body and come to the session only "half-dressed." If you arrive for your portrait session in a dress shirt, tie and shorts, your portrait artist will be limited in the number and type of poses available for you.  Additionally, your hair should be freshly washed and styled before your session begins. Consider having your hair and makeup professionally styled.  Generally, those who do this one thing feel better about their finished artwork. We provide a service to coordinate that appointment for you with a local independent stylist. Also,  before your session is a great time to think about getting a manicure.  There are a number of poses that involve the hands and we want you to feel great from the top of your head to the tips of your fingers and toes. If you are being photographed with a group, make sure the colors coordinate well.  Try to keep the clothing hues in muted tones so that the attention is drawn to the faces and not the clothes.  Generally, you will want to wear a darker skirt or pants with a shirt in a lighter shade. However, white shirts will be distracting, as the lightest part of the portrait should be your face and not the clothing. (If very young children are included in your portrait, their clothing may be a much lighter hue.) Shoes should be polished and clean and socks/hosiery should be worn in a hue to match. Some other items you may want to bring to your session include a brush or comb, lip balm or lipstick, and concealer or powder to match your facial tones.

Your portrait artist will direct you in how to stand and what to do during your session. But in general, good posture really does make a difference. And be sure to get enough sleep in the days before your session!  The eyes are the window to the soul and if you have dark circles or bags under your eyes, your portrait will be affected.  

Your portrait session is a way to create a long-lasting memory that you will enjoy each time you view your art piece.  If you are ready to start planning your next portrait, give us a call today.  Our phone number is 209-918-6627.  We look forward to talking with you soon!

Carolyn Huff is a Certified Portrait Photographer in Modesto, CA. Creating portraits for family, home, school, or business use. Carolyn Huff Photography Studio and Gallery is located in downtown Modesto, California. We create photography portrait art in our studio or on location. Call 209-918-6627 for a complimentary consultation.