Portraits, when done right, capture who you are at your core. They are not expressions of who you want to be, who I think you are, or who others see you as. They are the most elemental "you". For some, that may be reflected in a subtle expression and for others it may be an over-the-top dress. The most important thing is that you don't try too hard. We will get to "you" as we work together, that I promise. This list is a collection of things I've learned from you, my clients over the years.

General/Quotes

  • "A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound." - Charles Baudelaire - 1859

Wardrobe

  • Guys, please be comfortable in what you're wearing. That said, there are only a small percentage of you who know better than she does about what you look good in :) but if it comes down to the jeans or dress pants and you know for a fact that you will not be comfortable/happy in the dress pants, I give you permission to fight like hell for the jeans. Again, comfort is key to getting to the heart of who you are. 
  • Ladies, you have decisions to make that us men don't really have to worry about as much. If you are wearing a short-ish skirt/dress, you may need to consider what you're wearing under it. Since we may be sitting, standing, running, jumping, or whatever we feel inspired to do, you need to make sure you don't have anything showing you don't want to show in the pictures. Recently I had a client wear spandex shorts under a dress and that let her feel free to move around without fear. In any event, just give it some thought.