Saturday, May 13, 2006

Boys at the Beach

Polaroid Manipulations

Wedding Days

Galena, Illinois

Carnival Cruise

Stevensville, Michigan

Bridal Portraits

Checking Things Out


Mother and Daughter

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Making the Most of Your Portrait Session

Memorable portaits take careful planning, and the clothing you choose is very important to your portrait's success. These guidelines will help you make important decisions about your portrait.


About Clothing, Color, Tone, and Style...
The goal of any fine portrait is to direct the viewer's attention to the face or faces in the portrait. Simple long-sleeved garments in medium to dark tones of brown, rust, burgundy, green, or blue are pleasing choices when photographed against a dark background.

Proper clothing allows the face
to dominate the portrait. All
other elements should be

Bold stripes, plaids, checks,
and prints are confusing and
do not photograph well.

Especially bright colors,
such as red and orange,
will completely overpower
the face and ruin a

Light-colored clothing calls
attention to itself and
away from the face.
Avoid light colors that
approximate flesh tones
such as beige, tan, peach,
pink, white, and yellow.
Darker shades are more
flattering and slimming.


Lighter colors are appropriate against a white or pastel background, or...

... with a dark background when
a "pictorial" study is planned.