Portrait Tips


  • Simplicity is the keynote.

  • Solid colors are best. Avoid large or bold patterns and bright colors. They draw attention away from the face.  

  • Darker clothing minimizes body size and light tones tend to emphasize body size.

  • Necklines are important. A "vee" or scoop neck is best if your neck is short and your face is full. A turtleneck or high-necked garment is more flattering if your neck is longer and your face is slender.

  • It's best for women to avoid sleeveless or shirt sleeve blouses.  Choose elbow length or long sleeved tops.  Avoid flesh-toned top

  • Keep the tonal range of clothing within the group the same. Don't mix light and dark values. Save patterns for accent items like scarves.

  • Haircuts or perms, if planned, are better done several days before the portrait. Have make-up and hair grooming materials handy for touch up.  Avoid glittery make-up

  • Men should be well shaven  (even around your neck line).

  • Men's shirts should fit well especially around the collar; suits should also fit well and have been recently pressed. Avoid bold patterns on ties.

  • If you must postpone your portrait session, please give us as much notice as possible, 24 hours is preferred.

  • Call Tisara Photography at 703/838-8098 to schedule to portrait.




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