DRESS CODE GUIDE
Dressing semi-formal/formal gives your portraits a timeless look.
It's time to start dreaming of your Family Portrait and what to wear so its a timeless work of art.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
****IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT EYE GLASSES****
Most people that wear glasses from the moment they wake until they go to sleep want to wear their glasses in their portrait.
Glasses, however can produce glare and reflections covering their eyes. This is not usually retouch-able.
Glasses with an anti-reflective coating are okay to wear as the coating will reduce the reflection. Otherwise we recommend borrowing a similar pair of empty frames from your optometrist and wearing those or going without.
IMPORTANT REMINDER TO AVOID...
ANY clothing with
Checks, Polka-Dots, Stripes, Plaids,
Patterns, or Logos/Brands
Choose solid color clothing for best results
What the studio is creating here is a once in a lifetime, formal portrait that will not only stand the test of time, it will become a family heirloom that you can pass down for generations. We very strongly encourage you to follow the wardrobe guide as it provides the best results
“Dressing formally will be make your art much more timeless. People usually have many photos that are casual simply on their phone, but this is a once in a lifetime portrait.”
Wearing clothing in the same color family exudes a feeling of togetherness and unity rather than separation.