Some of our clients do  speak to us about their issues regarding the portrait sittings. Here are a few of the said issues and some words of advice we give to them

  • What do I need to wear – We say wear what you are most comfortable in, just try to make sure that if you are in a family portrait that you are not the only one wearing red and the others are mostly coordinated in darker coloured clothing.
  • Will the images be great – here at fourTwographs we have a policy of ” Not Thrilled, NOT Billed ” meaning if at any point before the final print you feel that the shoot is not going well or that the images captured of you and/or your family are not to your expectations, you simply pay NOTHING! No point in paying for a service that is not thrilling you is there?
  • What if my children misbehave – Kids are kids! Most children can misbehave. We come across this in our work and have methods to develop that natural relaxed nature of the children. Leave it to us is what we say. It is our job to deliver outstanding portraits with your children.
  • Will they photograph my good side – Of course we will. It is our job to get you looking your best, so we act professionally and create your best you for your portraits.

Clothing needs to be what you are most comfortable with and so therefore is a personal choice. This said here are a few tips to prepare for you portrait session here with fourTwographs.

Other things to know about your portrait

Dress for Portrait Success

  • Keep the clothing simple. Try and  choose solid colors for your portraits, avoiding heavily patterned clothing. Remember, bright colors also draw attention away from your face.
  • Avoid short sleeves if at all possible. Long sleeves will take attention back to the face.
  • Darker clothing can help to slim the sitter. Choose shades of  brown, blue, green or black. Remember, light tones do tend to emphasize body size.
  • Keep clothing consistent. Dress everyone in a similar style. Don’t mix casual and formal clothing in portraits.! If your are going to be dressy then make everyone else in the portrait look sharp.

Coordinate Colors

  • Wear light on white. Light clothing often looks best against a light-colored or white portrait background – discuss with your photographer what style you will be creating
  • Wear dark on dark. Dark clothing creates a more formal mood in portraits – this can create a dynamic look if photographed on a dark background.
  • Try not to mix light and dark colors in family portraits. Show your style in small accents.

Props and Backgrounds

  • Asking your photographer for advice if you’re not sure what you want in your portrait. The photographer should be able to help you choose a portrait background that suits your needs.
  • Add in your personality. Bring your own props for a personal touch. Consider items such as books, musical instruments, sporting gear. Baby blanket, stuffed animal, or a special toy for the toddlers.
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