Top tips to help you prepare for your upcoming portrait photography session.
Whether you need a new headshot for your LinkedIn profile, a book cover or your website, a custom portrait session will leave you with impactful and professional images that you can use to promote your personal brand.
If you’ve never been photographed before or you haven’t updated your personal portrait in a few years, you’re probably wondering how best to prepare for your upcoming session.
Tips to help you prepare for your portrait photo session
Black and white isn’t always best. Even though men prefer to come dressed in a black suit and women feel they look thinner when they’re dressed in black and white clothing, this doesn’t always mean it’s the best for photos. Black and white clothing generally make most people look washed out, especially when the photos will be used online. If you really want to look more professional, opt for a blue shirt or suit instead of going the usual black suit/ white shirt route.
Consider your skin tone. When choosing an outfit for your portrait session, keep your skin tone in mind. If you have a more olive skin tone, choose from colors such as cherry reds, greens, maroons, and blues. If your skin is lighter, lilac, pinks and light blues work well. An added bonus is if you can choose a color that compliments your skin tone and brings out your eyes too.
Stay away from big and bold accessories. While you may want to wear your favorite chandelier earrings to your portrait photo session, they will only end up taking the focus off your face, which is the whole point of a portrait. The same applies to any jewelry item that is big, bold, and in your face.
Don’t try a new look just before your shoot. Even though your hair and makeup need to look impeccable for your photo session, it’s best not to try out a new hairstyle or makeup trend just before or on the day of your shoot. If you want to get a haircut or try out a new lipstick, do so at least a week before your shoot to make sure you’re happy with it. In terms of makeup, natural is always better. It’s best not to overdo your makeup for your session.
Overall, remember that your portraits need to showcase your unique personality and style. Relax, smile, and have fun! If you’re feeling nervous or uncertain, let your photographer guide you.
Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota. She photographs children and their families both on location and in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis. mQn Photography is the premier family photographer in the Twin Cities. To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele also specializes in Fresh 48 photography sessions in local Minnesota Birth Centers and hospitals. To book your custom Fresh 48 Session with Michele be sure to send her e-mail with your due date to get on the calendar. BOOK NOW