Tips & Tricks the Professionals Use to Get Good Shots

Learn How to Prepare for Your Photo Session

A beautiful, artistic, and memorable portrait does not just happen. They generally require a bit of pre-planning. Jeff Kassebaum photography has the talent and skills to capture you in a most flattering and artful way, but there is little that can be done (without computer manipulation) to downplay competing patterns. Overall, simplicity is the key. Let the faces and the setting take more precedent than the clothing. It's not a bad idea to bring along several additional clothing choices just to be sure.

Here are some suggestions to consider before having your portraits taken:

-Consider the location where the portrait is to be displayed.

By laying the clothing out in the area in which the portrait is to be displayed, anything that clashes will be obvious.
Make your final selection much as you would if you were choosing throw pillows for the room.

-Avoid large bold patterns and bright colors

These tend to draw attention away from the face, especially in-group portraits. You want the face to be the focal point, so long sleeved solids or very subtle prints are usually most flattering. Busy patterns and bold colors tend to make a person look larger than they are. Dark clothing tends to minimize body size.

-Consider the background you want for your portrait.

Medium to dark clothes are best for a dark background. Medium to light clothes are ideal for a light background. Keep the tonal range of clothing within the same group. Do not mix light and dark colors. Save patterns for small accent items like scarves and neckties. Necklines are important. A "V" or scoop neck is best if your neck is short and you face is full. A turtleneck or high-necked garment is more flattering if your neck is longer and your face is slender. Shoes and stockings/socks are most often overlooked. They should compliment, not contrast. Remember to fully coordinate your attire from head to toe. Dress everyone in the same style of clothing. Do not mix casual and formal attire.

-Women being photographed in full length should wear long skirts, pants or dark stockings

in order to keep the eye from being directed toward the legs and away from the face. In children's photography, pajamas and slips for little girls always create a storybook portrait. While play clothes may look cute on children, their appeal is usually short-lived. It is best to select clothing that will withstand the test of time. Props should be considered clothing when planning a photograph. Don't bring in a blanket unless its colors are subtle.