First of all, it’s important to bring plenty of options. The worst-case scenario is that you don’t bring very many choices and none of them work. More options means we don’t have to worry about it.


Faded Jeans photograph well, though they often aren’t in the picture. You can wear skirts or pants on the bottom also. Occasionally the bottoms are in the shot, but not always.

V- or U-neck t-shirts are probably the number one thing to bring.

Strappy tank tops are great, but if you have longer hair you sometimes don’t see them, which is a problem because people wonder just what are you wearing?

Regular tank tops are a must

Blouses can work, as long as they aren’t too dressy, too bulky, too revealing, or too constricting – casual and classic is the theme

Crisp, collared dress-type shirts work very well, but only if they are very well tailored. It depends on the person.

V-neck sweaters generally work well

Dresses can also work

Boatneck sweaters can also look good – as long as they aren’t too bulky

Sweaters that button down or zip up can work as long as they are not too bulky

Anything that shows a V or U neckline will frame the face well.

Anything that looks like it might have been from the GAP, Banana Republic, or H&M is probably perfect.

Bring lots of options. The more choices we have the better the pictures come out

The neckline

Make sure we don’t see too much skin. Anything low cut can really be accentuated depending on how we shoot and how the final image is cropped. Rated PG is the way to go.


The hair should be clean and styled the way you normally wear it. If you are due for a haircut, get it before. The camera can see split ends. Also, make sure your eyebrows are done. You should arrive at the shoot with your hair the way you normally wear it. The makeup/hair person will help with any hair issues we might have as we go along. If there are particular hair products you prefer, bring them in case we need to touch it up.

Also, sometimes people bring foundation or concealer they prefer just as a backup.If we shoot inside, bring music you like. Make sure it has lots of energy.

Drink plenty of water; it’s good for the skin


Don’t bring jewelry –- it’s not needed

Don’t wear turtleneck sweaters

Don’t wear stripes, plaid, or checkers… NO PATTERNS! It’s about the face, not the shirt!

Don’t worry about bringing several pairs of shoes. They won’t be in the picture.

Don’t stay up late the night before

Don’t bring worn or frayed clothing

Don’t bring your clothes all rumpled

Don’t wear torn jeans: faded is good, but torn just looks desperate


Here is a good overview of color theory. It’s not as good as having your colors professionally done, but should serve as a good starting point. Bring a range of cool and warm colors if you aren’t sure As a general rule, you want to avoid colors that are too saturated or bold because the first thing the person notices in the photo is the vibrant color of the shirt rather than the eyes.

To see what I mean…

Too bright

Much better


Bright colors draw the viewer’s eye when we want them to focus on you.

Make sure the clothes are well-pressed and wrinkle-free when you get here.

If you have any questions feel free to call or email me and we can talk about it. This list is not comprehensive, and you don’t need to feel like you have to bring everything. It’s just to get you headed in the right direction. It’s better to show up with too much than not enough. Lastly, you know what you look and feel your best in. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in what you are wearing.