Choosing the right clothing is the best preparation for
creating a unique portrait! We ask that you wear
In Fine Art Portraiture, the eyes of the viewer should
naturally be drawn to the eyes and face of the subject.
The subject's face should be brighter than their clothing.
Clothing should compliment the subject of the portrait
and not draw attention away from their eyes and face.
Here are some helpful hints.
Families - Simplicity and solid colors create elegance and unity! Choose
solid color from shades that blend together. Family members should blend
together rather than stand out from each other. Blended colors suggest unity
and family closeness. Avoid contrasting colors. For example: Do not mix a
light skirt with a dark blouse.
Dress the family in the same timeless style and in the same tonal range.
Black, blues, dark grays, dark greens, browns, and burgundies do best.
Clothing Colors - Select darker solid colors (Solid, darker clothing is
Patterns - Avoid stripes, patterns and plaids. Even a single stripe across
a shirt, blouse or sweater will adversely affect the portrait.
Texture - Clothing with texture creates warmth and interest. A thick
knit sweater has a different feel than a tightly knitted one.
Men - Wear simple, solid color shirts with collars and a simple textured
sweater. Do not wear white T-shirts or clothing that advertises for a team
or product, for example: NIKE. Be sure your undershirt does not show beneath
the shirt. Wear Long Sleeves!
Women - A solid colored blouse with a simple sweater works great.
A “V” neck provides a base for the head and guides the eye upwards
towards the face. Skirts and dresses should cover the knees.
Use simple earrings, necklace, chains, and rings. A single pearl, a string of
pearls or a diamond - - a small cross or a plain gold chain is all that is needed
to look nice. Wear Long Sleeves.
Children - Kids look adorable in oversized sweaters and coats. Well worn
overalls and Jean outfits look great, too! Keep kids in solid colors and
long sleeves. Short sleeves are fine for infants and young children.
Shoes and Socks - Wear dark socks and shoes. If everything else is
dark and muted but the socks and / or shoes are lighter, the viewer’s eyes
will travel from the face down to the feet.
Note to Parents: Check children’s hands and arms for drawings and
friend’s phone numbers.
Men - Dark Jackets (tuxedo or suit) white shirt, tie, and dark pants.
Ladies - Dark (black, navy, burgundy, dark green, etc.) dress or gown.
No pattern is preferred. Classic Jewelry such as diamonds, pearls, a cross.
Young Ladies - Dark or jewel toned solid dresses are preferable,
but ivory, cream or off-white are also acceptable if they are 4 or under.
Although long sleeves are recommended for adults, young girls can wear
short or no sleeves.
Young Men - Same as for men, or a solid dark sweater.
If under 4, a white shirt with a bow tie is appropriate.
Hair - Trim hair one or two weeks prior to the portrait session so it does
not have a “fresh-cut” look. Some people want longer hair in the portrait
and this is fine. Discuss it with me prior to your session.