Dress Guide

We all know that clothes can make or break the perfect family portrait. Here you'll find guidance on what best to wear for the portrait you're dreaming of...

Classic FAmily Portrait

We take casual pictures every day. They all begin to blend together. By dressing UP, you're telling your children that THIS portrait is special. And it will stand out from the rest.

Choosing Clothing and Color...

The best color pallets for our portraits are jewel tones/dark colors. These colors create a cohesive look that is timeless and will coordinate well with your home.


Portrait art created on our beautiful and timeless backgrounds allows for contrast with the warmth of your skin tones. This will draw all of the attention to your faces in your portrait. 

For gentleman, we recommend a dark suit or tuxedo. A suit coat or jacket will complete your look. A white or coordinating dress shirt that looks great without a tie is recommended.

For the ladies, we recommend you choose a gown that is dark or jewel toned. Dresses with sleeves are significantly more flattering than sleeveless/strap/strapless dresses. This helps draw attention to your face vs arms etc.

For the children...

For the girls, A dark or jewel toned dress is also recommended, preferably in the same color palette as the rest of the family. For girls, sleeveless or short sleeved dresses work well.

For the boys, Dressing the boys similar to the men is the ideal choice. Jackets are highly recommended, however young boys may also wear a dress shirt with a vest in place of a jacket or suit coat.

Cultural clothing is wonderful, and clothing related to activities such as horseback riding, orchestra, or dance is welcome.

Flattering Clothing
For a stunning formal portrait start with a blend of rich, understated colors. Add a little dark-on-dark pattern with accessories. Don’t be afraid to spice it up with a color splash, flattering necklines and jewelry. Darker tones work well to simplify the overall look.

To Slenderize
Dark clothing tends to slenderize. Longer sleeves also slenderize and flatter.

Farmers tan? Unless you have perfectly tanned arms, please avoid strapless or sleeveless dresses/blouses.