Here are some suggestions for how to prepare for your portrait.
solid colours are preferable; darker colours are slimming and paler colours maximise width
solid black works well photographically, but avoid wearing solid whites or pale colours unless underneath a jacket
avoid stripes, distracting patterns and slogans or logos if possible
bring a jacket to provide you with a choice of wearing it or not in the final images
winter attire tends to be more timeless than summer clothing
ensure that business shirts are ironed or consider bringing a spare ironed shirt
we often photograph full length in addition to headshots, especially with group photos, so wear suitable footwear just in case
avoid wearing runners unless it’s for a sporty look; brightly coloured or white footwear can be distracting
Hair and make-up
if required, bring a hair brush or comb and any hair products; we will have a mirror on hand
you may want to consider using a slightly darker brow pencil and eyeliner to emphasise eyes
brighter lipsticks and blush tend to look more flattering in photographs rather than darker
face powder eliminates shine
avoid foundation that contains high amounts of reflective pigment or sparkle
a hair and make-up artist can be organised on request, for a reasonable fee
Friendly directions about how to stand and head positioning are the photographer and stylist's responsibility. As a client your role is simply to attempt to relax and smile! A variety of expressions may be asked for, smiling and not smiling, depending on what and where your portrait is intended for.
Images are given basic enhancements. Specific retouching can be applied on request.