Getting Ready for Your Portrait Session

Getting Ready for Your Portrait Session

Looking your best for your portrait photography session makes a huge difference in how comfortable and happy you will be with the results.  Here are a few tips on how to prepare and recommendations on what to wear.

To get the best results from your portrait photography session, here are some quick tips on what to wear:

Wear solid colors

Clothing with logos or wild patterns can create confusing photos. Try not to wear light colored or white clothing.  If you’re wearing business attire it’s fine to wear a white or light colored shirt or blouse under a jacket or sweater.

Clothing appearance

Keep your clothing from wrinkling consider dressing when you arrive for your session. Check clothing for fading. The lighting for your portrait session may reveal faded fabrics and clothing more than you wish.  A great reason to get a new outfit!

Avoid unsightly issues

Avoid the layered look which creates a bulky appearance in your portraits.

Hide the straps. Do a spot check to ensure that undergarment straps aren’t visible.

Bare arms may draw unwanted attention to them in your photos, so take that into consideration before wearing sleeveless shirts or blouses.

Never let them see you sweat.  Men in particular should wear an undershirt that isn’t visible at the open neckline.

Grooming and makeup

Your friends and family will truly appreciate the real you in your photos, so please avoid wearing excessive makeup.

Treat yourself to a manicure, with light or neutral fingernail polish.  Try to avoid bright color that might get too much unwanted attention in your photos.

Men should shave relatively close to the portrait session.  Even a few hours after shaving facial hair can be visible, however give yourself enough time for any nicks to heal completely before your session starts.

Tweezers are your friend.  Use them to remove any unwanted stray hairs from your eye brows, nose and ears.

Groups and Couples

If you’re posing as a couple or a group, avoid wearing the same color clothing.  The same shades could appear too ‘matchy’ and cause ‘blending’ with others wearing the same coordinated outfits.

For couples portraits, dress as if for a fancy cocktail party.

Men should wear a collared, button-down shirt with a sports jacket and slacks or dark jeans.

Women usually find that sundresses, cocktail dresses, or skirts with a blouse work best.

Women and men should both wear nice shoes that are not flip flops, sandals (for men) or athletic.

Avoid khaki or cargo pants, baggy clothing, shorts, polo shirts, t-shirts, sweats or jogging suits, and leggings.

Prepare for the outdoors

If your portrait session is outdoors, have a backup outfit.  You’ll probably move from your starting point which doesn’t give you a lot of time to change clothes.  If you wish to wear multiple outfits during your session, talk to your photographer about extending your session by a half hour to allow you time to change.

If you’re going to be walking on the ground or grass, high heels will sink.  Consider wearing wedges.  You will also probably be walking a bit to pose in the best spots, so please wear comfortable shoes.

Talk to your photographer

Talk about your wardrobe choices with your photographer.  Most photographers will happily work with you and share their opinions based on their experience and familiarity with the location you’ll be having your photography session.

Keep Smilin,

Living Magazine – Leading Women

as featured in Living Magazine
Leading Women Special Edition
June 2018
Fort Bend and Memorial Editions
by Annette Brooks

Kelley Jensen

Kelley Sweet Photography

Do you have a wedding, graduation, or family reunion coming up, or a new  baby on the way? Would you love to capture portraits of your children or family at a moment in time? Maybe you want to document a corporate
event, need executive headshots, product pictures, or real estate photos. Regardless of the reason, you’re in the best of hands when you choose Kelley Sweet Photography.

Owner Kelley Jensen’s slogan, Deliciously Stylish Photography, sums up her approach and talent perfectly. Her photos are unique,  artistic works that speak to you and evoke precious memories. Whether it’s a glimmer in someone’s eye, a sublimely illuminated face, or that little slice of time when a flower girl looks up in awe at a tiered wedding cake, Kelley has a God-given gift for capturing special moments that enable you to relive them—taking you back in time, and to all the associated emotions, sights, and sounds.

“I love shooting and always have. Some of my most rewarding experiences are working with people who don’t feel photogenic, and then watching them actually enjoy the session and come back again to have more photos taken,” Kelley says. “Giving people an opportunity to see themselves from a different perspective—and to see the way other people see them—is an amazing feeling.”

Kelley’s work reflects her years of experience (26 to be precise!) as well as her passion for photography. In elementary school, she was the kid with her mom’s Vivitar camera and flash cube. In high school, she was the girl with the Canon SLR taking pictures of the band. She studied photography in college, then moved to L.A. where she lived for over a decade. While there, she honed her  craft and made a name for herself. Her clients included celebrities, rock bands, and people from all walks of life and professions.

A native Houstonian, Kelley returned to her Texas roots to raise her family. After her youngest child started school, she began to focus more of her energy back on photography.

Kelley enjoys shooting for Living Magazine and meeting local business people. “Their leadership, entrepreneurship, and passion for their work is inspiring, and it gives me an opportunity to meet remarkable leading women of the  community,” she says.

As the lead photographer for 80s In The Sand—a destination event in Punta Cana with a week’s line-up of iconic 80s hosts, actors, and bands, such as  Loverboy (whom she’s pictured with), Berlin, Animotion, and more—Kelley stays plugged into the music scene. “My years in L.A. have stayed with me in  this sense,” she says. “It’s so much fun, and the bands and celebrities are there all week hanging out with event goers.”

As far as the future goes, Kelley plans to expand her business further into area events, and work with destination management companies throughout Houston.

Kelley and her husband, Shane, are the proud parents of three children, ages seven, 11, and 12. “I’m blessed to have an amazingly supportive husband who enables me to be a freelance photographer and a stay-at-home mom,” Kelley  says.

Original article from Living Magazine – June 2018

To see more of Kelley’s photography, please view her portrait, events, wedding, and commercial portfolios.