Dress Code

Dress Code for Engagement Portraits

One of the first decisions the two of you will need to decide on is, whether the portraits will be more formal or casual? If this helps over 80% of our clients choose semi-casual. Do not wear cloth or shoes that are too casual, too tight, too loose, too busy,or too bright in colour. Ideally, most couples wear dark or black bottoms and dark tops; turtlenecks are usually complementary.

For the formal look you'll want to choose something classic, something that won't be out of style in just a few years. Long sleeves and darker clothing looks best; choose simple garments within the same tonal ranges. (Light and dark tones together create visual confusion, as one subject comes forward and the other recedes.) This is the time to wear the dark colors and more contemporary styles. Just remember both of you will want to choose the same tonal range.

A certain color can completely change the look of your photograph. Choose colors of clothing that compliment your skin tone. If you have ever received compliment when you wear a certain color, you might want to consider wearing something in that color. Dark colours, such as black, usually compliment most people. (Just remember both of you will want to choose the same tonal range.)

Choosing the right neckline is also important. If you have a slightly longer neck, you should choose a higher neckline, such as a turtleneck. On the other hand, if you have a shorter neck, choose a v-neck or crew. As a rule avoid cowl neck sweaters. The key is to accentuate the positive.

Be careful in choosing sweaters or tops with shoulder pads , as they tend to make some people look larger than they are. Make sure you cannot see the shoulder pads through the top.

Avoid sunburns! We all love the sun, but stay out of it a few days prior to your session. A little color is attractive, but please don't overdo! We cannot change the redness of a sunburn with artwork.

For The Groom

Make sure that you have a fresh shave. A five o'clock shadow cannot be removed through retouching. If you plan to have a haircut, try to schedule it at least one week before your session. That way your cut won't look " brand new."

For The Bride!

Wear your makeup as you normally would. Lip gloss adds extra sparkle to your photographs. Although facial shine is something we can retouch, please bring along some translucent powder to eliminate any excess shine.

It is a good possibility that your hands will be in some of the photographs, so make sure that your nails are neatly done and that you are wearing the engagement ring, and that is also is neat.

Avoid a brand new hairstyle or cut. You won't look like you! Please have your hair ready when you arrive for the love walk so only a quick touch up is necessary. This helps us begin your session on schedule.

We have the miracle of retouching!

If you wake up the morning of your session with a brand new blemish (which is inevitable) don't worry! We have the ability to turn your complexion to peaches and cream in the final photographs. Unfortunately retouching cannot be done on proofs.

And please, feel free to call us as often as you need to. No question is too simple. We want to make your portraits as memorable as possible, and we'll be glad to help you in any way that we can. If you are not sure what to wear PLEASE ask Marianna or Jean 

Ultimately you need to dress with the idea that your portrait (or collage) is going to hang on your wall for the next 100 years or so.

One more thing. Leave your worries at home and be ready to have some fun with Jean!