Portrait Preparation

Preparing for your Portrait Session


A picture says a thousand words – so lets make sure you are sending the right message!

Whether it is business headshot or a creative portrait with your family, think about the image that you want to portray to the world. Formal? Casual? Classic? Boho? What you wear, how you do your hair and makeup, accessories and location all play a roll in the success of your photographs. Where to start? – Solid colours that or fabrics with subtle patterns work well. Choose colours that contrast with your skin tone and compliment your surroundings help the viewer notice you – not what you are wearing. Fabric with interesting textures or details add pizzazz. Layering gives your images dimension and also allow you to don and doff items for comfort.  Whatever you do, avoid big or busy patterns. Finally, above all wear clothing that you are comfortable in and reflects your personality.

If there are two or more in your group, dress in clothes that compliment each other. Work in the same colour scheme and style and your final images will have a polished look.


Depending on your session type, you can bring different accessories, jacket, scarves, hat, footwear or even a complete change of clothes  so we can switch things up. If you have delicate footwear or high heals make sure you have comfortable shoes for walking and moving about. You can always change your shoes for the photos.

We well fed and watered. Even if you are only coming in for a quick headshot, make sure that you have had something to eat and drink. You will have more energy and be happier. If the shoot is outdoors, bring water and snacks.

If there are young children in your group, bring a toy that will interest them. Either they can interact with it, or the photographer can hold it to capture their attention. Likewise, if there are four-legged friends in the group, bring noisemakers, treats, toys or anything else that will help to capture their attention or send their focus where we want it to be. It is also best to have a handler if horses are involved.