Family Montage by Michael Broyles

Family by Knoxville Family Photographer Michael Broyles

You have scheduled your family portrait session…now what?  To get the most out of your session, you need to plan ahead so you are prepared to look your best when you walk into the studio.  Getting your portrait taken should be a fun and stress-free experience for you and your family.  Here are 15 tips to keep in mind for your next portrait session.

Dress for Success

  • Choose a color theme for your portrait. Have family members wear solid, coordinating colors to avoid clashing and avoid distracting colors, large patterns, and mixing patterns.
  • Choose darker clothing so your facial features are more prominent in the image. Bonus: darker clothing can make you look slimmer!
  • Wear long sleeves to take the focus off your arms and long pants for a more flattering look.
  • Choose shoes and socks that compliment your outfit, not contrast with it.
  • Keep your jewelry simple and avoid wearing large earrings.
  • Bring all clothes to the portrait session hangers to avoid wrinkles and stains. Use the dressing room to change once you arrive at the studio.


  • Do not experiment with a new hair style. If you want to get a haircut, make your appointment at least two weeks before your session.
  • Brush your teeth before your session for your whitest smile.
  • For men: shave two hours before your scheduled session or trim your facial hair if you do not normally shave.
  • For children: wash faces right before the portrait, focusing on the ears, nose, and mouth.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and drink plenty of water before session to reduce puffy eyes.


  • Lightly apply cosmetics, if using. Your make-up should enhance your natural features.
  • Use a foundation that matches your skin tone.
  • Choose a mineral or powder-based foundation. An oil-based foundation will make you look shiny in your portrait.
  • Choose a matte lipstick for your portrait session. Lip gloss will cause a glare on your lips.

Investing some time and thought into your appearance for your portrait session will ensure greater satisfaction with the final product, and a memorable portrait that you and your family can cherish for generations.  Contact Michael Broyles Photography to find out how we can help you create memories that last a lifetime.

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