Chryseis Dawn Patterson by Michael Broyles Photography

Chryseis Dawn Patterson by Broyles Photography


Sitting for a portrait session is an investment in time and money.  You want the finished product to be something you can be proud of and pass down to your children and grandchildren.  Want to make sure you get your money’s worth at your next portrait session?  Plan ahead and keep these ten things in mind to guarantee a successful and productive session.


Avoid a Wardrobe Malfunction

  • Stay away from patterns, loud colors, and logos when choosing an outfit to wear. Instead, go with solid, coordinating colors that flatter your complexion.
  • Avoid wearing layers of clothing that can add unwanted bulk to your frame. Choose slimming, semi-fitted clothing whenever possible.
  • Choose dress shoes over tennis shoes, and make sure both socks and shoes complement your outfit. If choosing sandals or open-toed shoes, make sure feet are clean and pedicured.
  • Wear clothing that you are comfortable in and have worn before. If you must wear a new outfit, make sure you have tried it on before the photo shoot to avoid any unpleasant surprises (the same goes for outfits you have not worn in a while).
  • Don’t bring too many outfits to the photo shoot. Choose between 2-3 outfits, if at all possible, to avoid becoming overwhelmed.


Avoid Distracting Accessories

  • Don’t get a haircut or try a new style immediately before your photo shoot. Instead, keep it simple and if you must have some curl, try not to overdo it. If you do plan to get a haircut, make your appointment at least two weeks before your session.
  • Less is more where jewelry is concerned. If you choose to wear a necklace and earrings, keep both simple, or select a single statement piece.
  • Skip the winged eyeliner today, please. Minimal makeup will enhance your natural features. Heavy or trendy makeup will have your grandchildren laughing at these photos decades from now.  Also avoid oil-based foundations, which can make you look shiny, as well as lip gloss.
  • Avoid bright colored nail polish. Neutral colors are more natural, less distracting, and will keep the focus on your eyes/face.


If you have questions about an outfit or particular look, do not hesitate to consult with your photographer.  He or she will be able to give you advice and recommendations so you arrive for your portrait session ready to go.

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