Choosing Clothes for your Portrait Session

What to wear? Whether you are preparing for your family photography session, senior session, or business headshot, clients always struggle with this basic question. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Number 1 - Select clothing that is comfortable! Something that you like. Something that you have been told looks good on you.

Number 2 - What color are your eyes? Wear something that brings out the color in your eyes. Your shirt, a scarf, a necklace, a sweater.

Number 3 - Solid colors win the day, but small prints like small checks or narrow stripes will work and may add interest. Bold florals or strong geometric patterns usually are more distracting.

Number 4 - Wear a couple of layers of clothing such as a light sweater, a wrap, or vest or jacket. Add a colorful scarf, tie or belt to add subtle interest.

Number 5 - Iron your clothes if they are wrinkled!

Follow these suggestions to be well on your way to looking fabulous in your portrait session! Here’s to your gorgeous self!

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Texas Ballet Theater Headshots

I was so in awe of the opportunity on Monday to take professional headshots for the staff of Texas Ballet Theater based in Fort Worth.  They have a staff of about 30that includes front desk staff, finance/accounting, marketing and box office sales, a seamstress, education staff, fund raisers, creative directors, and executives.  And of course the company of dancers!  It was a rare opportunity to see this type of organization from the inside, and I only had a glimpse.  What I learned is that this is a passionate group of individuals who consistently go above their normal job expectations to ensure this wonderful organization is able to deliver outstanding performances to bring culture and entertainment to the rest of us.  

Here are just a few of the many faces at Texas Ballet Theater.  The most tenured individual there is Masako, who has been there I believe she said since the 1980's.  She is responsible for ensuring all the costumes are tailor-fit to each dancer. 

Be sure to get some culture and attend one (or more) of their performances - they are top notch! 

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Headshots on a beautiful afternoon

Recently took some portrait and headshots of Lisa, my daughter.  It was a gorgeous afternoon, late in the day and since she graduated from TCU we knew they have some areas that would likely serve as great backgrounds and we weren't disappointed.  We had lots of fun spending time together and I think we got some really nice images of her.  

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The Science Behind Picking the Perfect LinkedIn Head Shot Trust us -- it matters.

I just read an article, titled above, from the March 2017 issue of Entrepeneur written by Vanessa Van Edwards.  This was really interesting and I thought you might find it interesting as well as helpful when you are choosing the best picture for your LinkedIn profile pictures. 

This story appears in the March 2017 issue of Entrepreneur.  I've included only a portion of the article here but you can click the link at the bottom to read the entire article and see examples of good and back picture choices. 

Do you agonize over your LinkedIn picture? Do you dread the moment someone asks for a professional photo? There’s good reason: That picture really does matter. A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that different pictures of the same person produce radically different impressions. And according to one of the researchers, Alexander Todorov, we judge new faces online after only 100 milliseconds -- about how long it takes for a hummingbird to flap its wings once.

Image from a recent headshot client.

It gets worse: Those snap judgments are often correct! Researcher Sarah Sloat had people guess someone’s personality traits based on their Facebook profile picture. Participants accurately guessed an average of nine out of 10 traits. That means our pictures give off all kinds of signals about us -- our personality, our competence and our likability. Picking the right one is key -- and it may not be what you expect.

PhotoFeeler offers insight for everyone. In one site-run study, 60,000 participants ranked 800 profile pictures. Among the findings: Full-body shots make someone seem less competent but more likable. (Takeaway: fine for Facebook, but not for LinkedIn.) And sunglasses, glare or shadows across a face in a photo decrease both likability and competence. (If you don’t have a head shot taken in a studio, use one where you’re directly facing a light.)

And the big takeaway: Second opinions are useful! So before you pick your photo, get one -- if not from the internet masses, then at least a few truth-telling friends. 

Here is the link to the original article:  https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/289146?utm_campaign=Entrepreneur&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=MarchIssue2017&utm_content=FeatureStory3&utm_term=MagNonSubscriberEditorEmail

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Playing Picture-Made

When my son and daughter were children, and we frequently got together with another family.  Our two and their two daughters would play "picture-made" and they would take turns posing and taking pretend pictures of each other.   Fast forward to this past weekend when I received a new background that I ordered when we were at the photography convention in San Antonio. It finally arrived and I couldn't wait to set it up and take some test shots.  When we got home from church and while Randy was still in nice clothes, I made him play "picture-made"   to let me try out some lighting with the new background.  

I am really pleased with my purchase, we got some nice pics of Randy, and I can't wait to use it on real clients!  Here are a couple of the finished images from my hubby picture-made session.