Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare for a photo shoot?
First, choose a color/theme that simplifies the look of your family portrait. Too many busy patterns and colors are especially distracting in group portraits. While all the clothing does not have to match, the colors should be harmonious. Coordinate the clothing for all subjects in a group portrait so that one person will not dominate the scene. A family group should choose clothing that blends with each member’s attire as well as with the background, rather than creating conflicting focal points that distract from the group as a whole. Color coordination lends harmony to the portrait.
Dark clothing tends to minimize body size, and light tones tend to emphasize body size.
A “high key” (white) background will show off skin tones best when white, ivory, khaki or pastels are worn. With only two subjects in the portrait, it is especially important to dress in the same color(s) to capture the relationship. A busy pattern and stripes are distracting. Keep hair and make-up simple and clean to better call attention to YOU!
Shoes and socks are often overlooked as a significant aspect of portrait clothing. They should compliment, not contrast. Carefully consider your apparel from head to toe as a variety of full length and close up poses may be taken.
How Should I Prepare for Outdoor Portraits?
As a background, the outdoors can be very busy. It is important to choose only one or two theme colors, with your subjects wearing shades of those colors. While blues and royal colors are excellent all year, khaki and salmon and purples are also great against lush green foliage. Burgundy, brown, tan and gray are nice late in the season. Avoid all greens as they clash with Mother Nature. The simplicity of two colors helps separate family from the scenery. Busy backgrounds and busy clothes result in hard to find faces. Long sleeves and pants help bring the eye to the face.
When is the Session Fee Due for My Photo Shoot?
Where is Your Photo Studio Located?
The address of our photo studio is Brook Mill, 12 Brookside Road, #27, Westford, MA 01886.