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Old Jul 9, 2003, 7:48 PM   #1
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Default Getting the most from your portrait session

Getting the most from your portrait session

Memorable portraits take careful planning, and the clothing you choose is very important to your portrait's success. With two or more subjects, it is especially important to dress in similar blending colors. For example, a light colored shirt with beige khaki pants or even blue jeans for a more casual look works well. People viewing your portraits should immediately be drawn to your face and eyes. Stripes, paisley patterns, etc. distract from your face!

Outdoor shots usually have "busy" backgrounds. 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.

General Fashion Suggestions for a Successful Portrait:

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.
Makeup tips:
Lip color should be at least one shade deeper than usual. Frosted lip colors should be avoided entirely because they record very light on film and give the illusion that the subject is not wearing lip color at all.
Blush and eye makeup should also be applied slightly heavier than normal but neatly and precisely.
Eye shadow should be a lighter shade rather than darker so that the eyes are brought forward rather than recessed back into the head.
Powder is the ingredient that is often overlooked. Generous applications of powder are essential to achieving a beautiful matte finish. Insufficient powder will allow the face to appear excessively shiny or oily looking when photographed. Forget anything you want, but don't forget your powder!
Practice your smiles!
If you have poses or props in mind, let me know and we will try them!

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Old Aug 25, 2003, 2:28 PM   #2
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nice tips, ill be sure ill use them
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