PREPARATION – Dressing Tips


Planning Your Session : If you have never had a Bella Classic portrait before, we recommend that you call the studio prior to your session date to discuss your portrait needs. We would like to know where your portrait (s) might hang, and offer wardrobe ideas.

Clothing: It is important to choose outfits that will make pleasing portraits and be coherent with the style of portrait that you are planning.  Please remember that busy patterns. stripes, and bright colors are distractions from the focal points: the face, or faces in the portrait.

Color coordination lends harmony. While all clothing does not have to match, the colors should be   harmonious, so that one person will not dominate the scene.  Dark clothing tends to minimize apparent body size, while light shades do the opposite.  Long sleeves are best for adults and older children.  If you expect to display a full size wall portrait, we recommend that you speak with one of our studio designers.

Hair Styling and Make-Up: We have found it best, especially in the case of children, not to schedule your session immediately following a haircut.  A week later is usually best. Adults know when their hair looks good.  Women’s make-up should be appropriate for the clothing and portrait style desired.  We encourage subtle make-up on most girls, except for the very young.

Final enhancements on all subjects will take place on your chosen portrait files.

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