What are good clothes to wear for my portraits?

Remember, we’re photographing you, not your outfit. Because you’ll be looking at these photographs for the rest of your life, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind when selecting your clothing: 

Solid colors photograph best. Patterns, checks and stripes tend to be distracting in portraits. Solid colors draw attention to your expression instead of to your outfit. This may not matter to you now, but it will in five or ten years. (Take a look at your parents’ senior pictures and you’ll know what we mean.) 

Variety is important. If one of your outfits is light colored, bring another that is dark. If one is more dressy, bring another that’s casual. If one is short-sleeved or sleeveless, bring another that’s long-sleeved. If you’re wearing shorts with one outfit, make sure you have long pants for another. Outfit variety helps make your portraits more interesting. 

Avoid Strong contrast between pants and shirt. If you have a dark shirt or sweater, wear dark pants or jeans with it. If you have a light top, keep the pants light, too. This serves to keep the attention on your expression, not on what you’re wearing. 

What colors work best? Just about any color photographs well if the above guidelines are followed. If you’re not sure about a particular outfit will look, bring it along and Mr. Stutzman will help you with your final selections. 

Most importantly, wear what you like. If you like what you have on, you’ll love your portraits!

Bring more outfits than you need to. If you can’t decide what to wear, bring a bunch of stuff and we’ll help you pick the outfits that will flatter you the most. Be prepared to be a ‘quick change artist’ in the dressing room between outfits. The faster you change, the more time there will be for you to get creative portraits.

Have someone come to help and watch. Feel free to bring a parent, friend or sibling along so they can help you with your clothing and hair, and to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed. Since there is only seating for two others in the camera room, any more than two guests will be asked to sit in the waiting room for your studio sessions.

Bring photos you like. If you see photos you like in magazines, Web sites, CD covers or friends’ portraits, bring with you to show Walt before you start your session. By bring in your own ideas you will be assured of getting the styles you like. Plus, your images won’t look like anyone else’s.

 We have a $150 deposit that goes toward the session and you order later. Previews take about 10 days to get done and we will call you.




















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