"Our Image is Your Image"

Preparing for your Portrait Session

Beautiful portraits do not just happen, they are carefully planned.  At Fredrick’s Photography, we know how to capture your expression and photograph your family in the most flattering way, but we do need your help.  Please take a few minutes to look over the following suggestions.  We’re sure you’ll find it is worth the effort and it will help us create the best  possible portrait for you.

1.  Avoid large, bold patterns and bright colors that may draw attention away from the  face.

2.  Your face should be the focal point, so long sleeve solids or very subtle prints are the most flattering for your portrait.  Unless we’re at the beach, shorts are never recommended.

3.  Cute play clothes and extremely casual outfits will detract from your professional portrait.  It is best to select clothing that will withstand the test of time and can be enjoyed for many years to come.

4.  Be sure to include the appropriate shoes and stockings for your outfit.  They should compliment and not contrast your outfit.  Consider your appearance from head to toe as full length poses may be a part of your portrait session.

5.  Choose a color that simplifies the look of your family portrait.  Too many patterns and colors are distracting in a group portrait.  To create a unified look, select a color theme that blends well.  While everyone does not need to wear the exact same clothing or color, the colors should be coordinated.  Look at each person’s outfit to be sure they go well with everyone else in the group.

6.  Consider the location where the portrait will be displayed.  Your choice of clothing and the décor of the room should also coordinate.  By laying out the clothing on a couch where the portrait will be hung, anything that clashes will be obvious.  This will help you choose the garments that are most suitable.

7.  Necklines are important.  A “V” neck or scoop neck is best if your neck is short and your face is full.  A turtle neck or high-necked garment is more flattering if your neck is longer and your face is slender.

8.  Darker, solid colors appear more slimming when compared to lighter colors.

9.  Eyeglasses can create glare and distortion in your portrait.  We recommend that you borrow empty, matching frames from your optician for your portrait.  If you’re not comfortable without your own glasses, we’ll do everything we can to reduce the glare and distortion.  Sometimes this is not possible in outdoor portraits.

10.  Framing your portrait is equally important.  You may choose from our large selection of frames when you portrait is ready, and you will receive a 20% discount on one frame when it is selected at the time of placing your order.

11.  A Portrait Consultation is important.  Please read that section on our website and then give us a call to set up a convenient time.

12.  We are here to help you.  Feel free to call the studio at any time to discuss any questions or ideas you may have prior to your sititng.