Get Ready for your next Session!
Getting portraits taken can be a lot of fun, and the memories will last a lifetime! Here are a couple of tips to prepare for your session to make sure that you get the best looking pictures around!
In a family group, proper clothing coordination is critical. Choose clothing in the same tonal ranges so that no single member of the family stands out because the clothing is too light or bright as compared to the rest of the group. Know ahead of time the type of portrait you would like your family to depict. Bare feet, khaki or denim, and solid color polo’s create an informal portrait for a laid back family. Shoes, khakis, button down shirts, and sweaters provide an elegant touch to your formal family portrait.
Turtle necks or V-necks are flattering provided that neither is exaggerated in style. Avoid very wide or particularly deep V-neck garments or bulky cowl neck sweaters that completely hide the neck.
For close up portraits, long sleeves are essential for teens and adults, as bare arms call attention to themselves and will overpower the face.
Women being photographed in full length should wear long skirts, pants or dark socks in order to keep the eye from being directed toward the legs and away from the face.
Men should be clean shaven or facial hair should be carefully groomed, with their hair cut about one week before the portrait session. Women should be photographed whenever they are happiest with their hair in relation to the time styled.
Couples & Small Groups
Couples and small groups can prepare for your session by choosing simple garments within the same tonal ranges. When subjects appear in a mixture of light and dark tones together, there is a visual confusion-as the light color comes forward the dark color recedes. When this happens, one person becomes dominate and appears heavier than in reality.
The goal of any fine portrait is to direct the viewers eye to the face in the portrait. All other elements should be secondary. For individuals, simple long-sleeved garments in medium to dark tones of brown, gray, burgundy, green or blue are pleasing choices when photographed against a medium or dark background. Printed clothing has a tendency to be confusing and does not photograph well. Try to stay away from bright colors if possible as these will overwhelm the face.
Children & Pets
Infants and newborns are generally photographed without clothing for a more natural look. Bring a cherished stuffed animal or blanket to add a special touch to your photographs. Diapers, diaper covers, and/or onesies in white or pastels such as pink, blue, green and yellow are preferred. The photographers will accommodate to the clothing selection and make sure backgrounds and props coordinate accordingly.
At ages 2-3 your child will be more independent; being able to walk and run will allow for a more challenging but fun session. Our photographers work with children on a daily basis and will make sure we get the best smiles our of your little ones!
Ages 4 and up your child will be talking well but is most likely shy to strangers. Arriving a few minutes prior to your scheduled time will allow some time for your child to become acquainted with the studio and the photographer, resulting in more natural and relaxed session and photos.
Taking your pet for a walk just before the appointment in order to release any excess energy or excitement is helpful so they aren’t as high energy when they walk through the door. Arriving a few minutes early will give the pet a chance to sniff around and become accustomed to the sounds and smells of MotoPhotos portrait studio. For dog appointments a leash is required. All animals are welcomed!
High School Seniors
Bring multiple outfits (Formal and Causal) that express who you are. Solid colors and long sleeves will photograph best. Try and schedule your hair appointment for 1 week prior to your session, but don’t do anything drastic that you may not be happy with! Make sure that everything matches your outfits, which means socks, shoes, and accessories. Clothing should be steamed or ironed before your session, you don’t want wrinkles in your shirt.
We encourage you to bring sports equipment, uniforms, or musical instruments that express who you are. We want to make your Senior Portraits as personal as possible. The last thing to remember is to have fun!