Fort Collins, Colorado 80521
Phone: (970) 493-6191
What to Wear?
take careful planning, and the clothing you choose is very important
to successfully achieve a timeless photograph. These guidelines will help you to
make important decisions about your portrait and what you should wear to a photo session.
The goal of any fine portrait is to direct
the viewer's attention to the face or faces in the portrait.
Simple long-sleeved garments in medium to dark tones of
brown rust, burgundy, green, or blue are pleasing choices
when photographed against a dark background. Avoid light
colors that approximate flesh tones such as beige, tan,
peach, pink, white, and yellow. Darker shades are more flattering
clothing allows the face to dominate the portrait.
All other elements should be secondary.
stripes, plaids, checks, and prints are confusing
and do not photograph well.
bright colors, such as red and orange, will completely
overpower the face and ruin a portrait.
clothing calls attention to itself and away from
light colored garments...
colors are appropriate against a white or pastel background,
a dark background when an interpretive "pictorial" study is
and small groups...
Couples or small groups should choose simple garments within
the same tonal ranges.
Light and dark tones together create visual confusion, as
one subject comes forward and the other recedes.
In a family group, proper clothing coordination
is critical. When decorating a home, a major concern is to
coordinate the colors and tones of the walls, carpets, draperies
and furniture. This kind of coordination also is necessary
when selecting clothing for a group portrait. Choose clothing
in the same tonal ranges so that no single member of the family
stands out because the clothing is too light or bright as
compared to the rest of the group.
The visual statement made by portrait on the left is "Here
is a family in which each individual holds a place of equal
whereas this portrait says "Here is a group of seemingly
Clothing that blends harmoniously creates timeless
portraiture because the viewer's eye goes directly
to the faces.
Clothing in medium shades complement portraits
made in outdoor environments.
Tips On Clothing Style
Very simple garments always photograph best.
Turtle necks or V-necks are flattering provided that neither
is exaggerated in style. Avoid very wide or particularly
deep V-neck garments as well as bulky cowl neck sweaters
that completely hide the neck.
Long sleeves are essential for teens and adults, as bare
arms call attention to themselves and will overpower the
Women being photographed in full length should wear long
skirts, pants, or dark stockings in order to keep the eye
from being directed toward the legs and away from the face.
If feet are to show in the portrait, make certain shoes
and stockings are in keeping with the visual intent of the
Men should have their hair cut about one week before the
portrait session. Women should be photographed whenever
they are happiest with their hair in relation to the time
it is styled.