Preparation for Your Photographic Session

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    Deborah Marko Photography

    Preparation Recommendations: 

    Each portrait session includes styling, through  consultation. 

    Formal Portraiture

    One may dress as if going to a fine restaurant.


    Short sleeves are fine; long sleeves are more flattering. Men always look fabulous in a tuxedo, or a dark suit. If planning on wearing a tie, the addition of a suit jacket is a nice presentation. If you choose not to wear a tie, a dark jacket with an open shirt collar or a turtleneck are good choices.  Polo shirts with a suit are a nice way to dress down the suit and still look sharp providing it is fully buttoned. 


    Formal gowns or dresses are a nice choice. Texture like lace, photographs beautifully and as a general rule is a better choice instead of prints. If you have beautiful skin; clothing to highlight it is often very becoming. 

    Please consider:

    Avoiding busy patterns, stripes, mixing dark and light clothing and clothing that includes logos or pictures is recommended.

    Casual Portraiture

    The Dark Pallet

    Long sleeves, black tops, and jeans generally work well.  And of course, dark colors can be very flattering,  making one look slimmer.

    If considering dark colors, black, royal blue, burgundy, hunter green are optimal choices.

    The Light Pallet

    Khakis and a white shirt, or white polo always work seamlessly with a light background, i.e. the beach.

    When selecting an outfit for a family portrait, it is best to think of how it will coordinate with the clothing of other family members. Even if your favorite color is green, it may not photograph well next to a pale pink dress, or a family members black and white sweater.

    The Family Portrait Color Scheme

    A better way to manage the color palate for a family portrait is to choose a color scheme, and keep it consistent with each outfit, for each family member. Black on black always looks classic, elegant and timeless.


    Chipped nails will show in a photograph, inclusive of toes. A manicure is recommended for each person being photographed.  Should toes be showing, a pedicure is recommended. Hand cream is recommended for dry skin.

    Make Up

    Deborah Marko Photography advocates for professional hair and makeup and includes this service with portrait sessions. 


    If planning a hair cut; it is recommended it be cut, the week before your scheduled session. Hair should not cover up the eyes; one might consider a hair clip if necessary. Again bangs should be short enough so the eyes may be scene. Of course, the eyes are the window to the soul.

    Additional Preparation Reminders   

    Be sure to allow enough time for everyone to shower.

    Men should shave an hour earlier than the scheduled session time.

    Clothing and accoutrement should be laid out, and ready the night before the session, to save on time and stress. The more you enjoy your experience, the better you will look in your portrait.

    It is recommended to plan on arriving at the studio or location a little early, if you are bringing young children, or wearing formal clothing.


    Props are recommended if they are an integral part of your lifestyle.

        Musical instruments
        Leather jackets
        Pets, which must be scheduled with advance notice.
        A favorite teddy bear

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