What to wear

What to wear for your Portrait Sitting


  • Keep it simple. Solid colours are best. Avoid large, bold patterns and bright colours that draw attention away from your face.
  • Cover up arms. Long sleeves draw attention away from your arms and helps bring the focus to your face.
  • Don’t forget the bottom half. Your portrait photographer may suggest a full- length pose. Make sure you coordinate clothing from head to toe.
  • Accentuate the positive. Darker clothing are slimming. Light tones tend to emphasize body size in photos.
  • Frame your face. Scoop or v-neck tops flatter shorter necks and full faces. Turtle-necks or high-necked garments in portraits flatter longer necks and slender faces.
  • Keep clothing consistent. Dress everyone in the same style for your portrait session. Do not mix casual and formal clothing.

Coordinate Colours

  • Wear light on white. White or light pastel clothing looks best against a white or light-coloured portrait background.
  • Wear dark on dark. Dark clothing looks best against darker portrait backgrounds and creates a more formal mood.
  • Do not mix light and dark colours in portraits. Save stronger colours and patterns for accent items like scarves and ties.

Pick Props and Portrait Studio Backdrops

  • Ask for advice. If you are not sure what you want, we can help you choose a background that suits your needs.
  • Add your personality. For a personal touch, bring your own props or a favorite toy to your portrait sitting.