In a previous post I included some tips for what to wear to a portrait session. Here are some more tips to help you be prepared (Part 1 of ‘What to wear’ tips can be found here):
Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies so that your legs don’t take attention from your face, and you will be able to sit and move comfortably.
Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) because white reflects more light and is therefore more likely to attract the viewers attention.
Keep jewellery simple and minimalistic because too much draws attention from your face.
Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes. Your portrait will be more timeless and represent who you are.
If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session. Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.
Make-up can be slightly heavier than you would usually wear, with the exception of eyeliner, which can make your eyes look very dark and lifeless. Lightly applied or no eyeliner is best.
Avoid bringing handbags and mobile phones to your session because they can be distracting if you have to keep moving/hiding them.