Here are some tidbits from what I typically tell people before portrait shoots:
Don’t try a new hairstyle the day before your session! Make sure that if you color or highlight your hair that you’ve done so recently and you don’t have a visible outgrowth.
Solid colors work best, try avoiding white and lots of busy prints or graphics. Horizontal stripes will add weight so be sure to avoid them. Skinny spaghetti straps can make your arms look heavier. If you have heavier arms, please avoid tank tops in general. You will want to pick colors that will stand out from our backgrounds and not blend in.
Accessories such as jewelry, scarves, hats, heels, and belts are wonderful compliments to outfits.
Facial Hair: Please make sure your eyebrows are plucked if you normally do so. Do NOT have them waxed less than a week before your session as waxing can cause redness and breakouts. Also, make sure and remove any stray facial hairs including nose hairs, upper lip hair and/or chin hair.
Manicure/Pedicure: Your hands WILL show. Please make sure your nails are neatly trimmed. You do not need to have fake nails but neatly manicured nails will make your portraits lovelier. If you will be showing your toes, please don’t neglect to give them a little attention. It’s a perfect opportunity to spoil yourself with a pedicure. Please make sure that your toenails are either neatly painted or bare.
Make-up: When applying your make up make sure to use a little more foundation then you would normally use. Make sure that this is a fresh application before your session. Bring your make up case with powder and lip-gloss for touch ups. Please be certain to apply some lip color as your lips can tend to get washed out when photographed.
If you do not normally wear make up, please apply foundation, mascara and lip-gloss.
Layered looks work well for guys, coordinate a t-shirt with a long sleeve button up shirt or jacket.
Solid colors work best, try avoiding white and lots of busy prints or graphics.
Shoes: bring styles that you are comfortable in. Brand new white athletic shoes will stand out in your photographs so choose shoes that will compliment your outfits.
If you are going to get your hair trimmed have it done about a week before your session. If you color or highlight your hair, please have it done at that time so there is no visible outgrowth. Also, a fresh shave before your session will make you look great!!
Your photographer should be able to help with the posing, so don’t worry about that. More importantly, practice your facial expressions in the mirror. I have had entire shoots ruined because the person didn’t like the facial expressions in their photos. Practice in front of the mirror, smiling and nonsmiling. Also, ask to see the first few images before continuing on with the rest of the shoot so you can make adjustments if you see something you are doing that you don’t like.
If your pictures are not in the studio, what do you mean by a great backdrop?