Your portrait session is an opportunity to communicate who you are and tell people a bit about yourself. Most of the portraits we do are for business purposes, but there are still many ways you can be on brand, while staying true to yourself. The finished portrait should look natural, relaxed and fully you--let your personality tell the viewer why they will enjoy working with you.
Dress like you will be making a presentation or meeting with clients or colleagues. Layers work well and darker, classic solid colours will add a timeless look while leaving room for the viewer to focus on your face.
For men, a collared shirt in white or blue with a medium to dark blazer is a great look. Keep patterns subtle to avoid anything distracting from your face. You can add a tie or pocket square if you would like to go for a dressier impression or add a colour accent.
For women, a blouse and blazer is a great combination--make sure the neckline of the blouse works well with the blazer. A lower neckline may get cropped out in a closeup, so a higher neckline or a statement necklace can be a great way to make it work. Consider hairstyle and earring choice to work well with each other. If hair is up for a sleeker look then more subtle earrings will keep the focus on your face. Colour and subtle patterns can work, but remember that we want your face to be the focus, so darker and classic fabrics may be more flattering in a portrait.
Unique looks are welcome as well--if your look is non traditional, but how you dress everyday, being who you are is most important. These are guidelines, not rules, so take this as an opportunity to communicate.
Body language should be confident and open. Good posture with a relaxed, warm smile works best. Avoid crossed arms or other "closed" postures. Relax and connect with the camera to ensure that you look confident, warm and approachable.
Above all, have fun and let your true character shine through!
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