Tips for your Professional Portrait Session - suzannechristine

Tips for Professional Portrait Sessions


Styling for a professional branding session is an essential piece of communicating your personality to your clients.  While individual styling consultation is recommended, here are a few guidelines to help you:

Wear something your clients / patients would expect to see you wearing. Make sure they fit you well. Color is often tricky, but again, here are some general guidelines: use colors that enhance or compliment your eyes and skin tones; choose neutrals that contrast with your hair color.

Be sure the colors/patterns don't detract from you.  As an example: if a natural blonde, blue-eyed person wore a high contrast top, you would see the top and not the person.  Recommended Colors/Patterns: Mid-tones, subdued textures, delicate details or simple and solid.

Necklines: round-necked tops or necklaces can necklines appear shorter. V-neck can elongate necklines. A shirt collar can frame the face well, without fussing over neck length.


Be sure that you have a haircuts/style that you really like, and have any cut/color done at least a week or two before your session. You can help your portrait a lot when your skin and lips are well moisturized prior to our session (Trader Joe’s spearmint/olive oil lip balm is awesome for lips!) Make-up should be simple, and not too shiny. If you are really unsure about how to apply make-up, I highly suggest either a make-up consultation (where they sell make-up) or scheduling a make-up artist (contact me for details).


Taking extra special care of yourself in the week leading up to your photo session. Drink plenty of water for a few days leading up to your portrait. This will make your skin very hydrated to fill in lines and wrinkles, under-eye circles, and give you a healthy glow. Get plenty of sleep the night before, so you're rested and ready to go.


Getting a professional portrait can sometimes be a bit daunting. Congratulate yourself for taking the time, and making the investment in a image that your clients will connect with. My personality is easy-going and relaxed--helping you to look and feel your best.

Enjoy yourself! Leave the rest up to me!

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