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* Think about what type of portrait you want and bring in your favorite outfits that capture that look.
* Traditional styles will stand the test of time and keep your portrait looking fresh for years to come.
* Get lots of sleep the night before.

What to Wear
* Long sleeve solids or very subtle prints are usually the most flattering in portraits.
* Subtle aloha wear is always nice.
* If you are self-conscious about your arms wear a sweater or long-sleeved top. Do not wear sleeveless tops.
* Solid colors, dark to mid-tones, are best but avoid solid white outfits.
* Avoid any busy/large/bold patterns and bright/loud colors.
* Avoid T-shirts and low cut tops.
* If you are taking full length photos, don't forget shoes, hosiery, etc.
* Earth tones are best for outdoor portraits.
* For group/family portraits, choose clothing in the same tonal ranges -- do not mix casual and formal attire.
* For Senior Portraits, you may bring two shirts/tops (pressed).

* Please bring a brush or a comb.
* If you plan to get your hair cut, do it at least 1-2 weeks before your appointment.
* Allow two weeks for a fresh perm to relax.
* Don't experiment with new hair styles on the day of your session.
* Don't wear a hat on the day of your session.
* Gentlemen, remember to to shave before your session. A "five o'clock shadow" cannot be removed from the finished portrait.

Props can help to show your personality and record the types of activities you are involved in. Be sure to bring some of your own props to your portrait session.

Here are some ideas:
* Flowers
* Musical Instrument
* Sports Equipment
* Beach Props
* Uniform
* Jacket
* Stuffed Animals
* Sunglasses
* Hats

* Be careful when applying foundation. You do not want your face to be one color and your upper body another.
* Apply makeup as you would if you were going to a formal occassion in the evening. In other words, using a bit more than you would during the day.
* Use enough powder base for a matte finish to avoid any shiny or oily appearance on your face.
* Eye shadow should be a lighter color to bring your eyes forward.
* Pay special attention to your eyes, as they will be the most important part of your portrait.