reating a perfect portrait takes a little planning. Fine portraiture captures facial expressions and mood, while clothing, accessories, and props are secondary and shouldn't create any distractions. Careful selection of these will avoid dating your portraits.

 This child
is lost
the colorful
clothes and

white background will show off skin tones best when white, ivory or pastels are worn. Be sure to select props that match clothing color. While the colorful pose is a great secondary portrait for a child's playroom, it may not be suitable for a "timeless" quality portrait.

 This is a 'timeless' portrait.... clothing and props have been well chosen."

ith only two subjects in the portrait, it is especially important to dress in the same color(s) to capture their relationship.

A light suit
and can add
weight against
a dark
"The busy
pattern in
this blouse
is distracting."

ith business attire a pure white shirt or blouse with a dark suit jacket will emphasize your neck rather than your face. Pastel, thin striped, or soft patterned shirt with subtle tie is preferable. You may want to bring extra clothing and accessories "just in case", and we will help you decide if something else would coordinate better.

"Excellent coordination. Expressions
hold your eye."

s a background, the outdoors is very busy. It is important to choose only one or two theme colors, with your subjects wearing shades of those colors. While blues are excellent all year, white, ivory, khaki and salmon are great against such lush green foliage. Burgundy, brown, tan, and gray are nice late in the season. Avoid all greens, as they clash with Mother Nature.


"Simplicity of two colors
family from
the scenery."

and busy
clothes result
in hard to
find faces."

hen you follow these tips and coordinate your dress from head to toe, you are well on your way to a perfect portrait!

much more
because of
the deep
selected to
match their
"Light suit,
red tie and
white shirt
fight for

  • Avoid busy patterns and bright colors.
  • Light colors are best with light backgrounds and fair complexions.
  • Darker colors look better with deep backgrounds and dark hair or complexions.
  • White, ivory, khaki, or pastels are best with a white background.
  • Avoid wearing yellow or green as they can adversely affect skin color.
  • Shoes or socks should be in key.
  • Teens and adults should wear long sleeves to cover elbows.
  • Skirts should cover the knees.


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