The Photo Express,
we offer you a choice of sitting styles, so that you have a Senior Portrait
especially for you. We've prepared this page to give you a few
so that you'll be the most happy with your portraits, so please take a moment to
read the following suggestions:
In any portrait, your face should always be the
point of interest, not your clothing. You want your clothing to compliment
your face, not compete with it.
In the old days everyone wore dark, solid colors, but today we encourage you
to bring different types of outfits, so we can give you a complete assortment to
choose from. The magic word today is
Instead of bringing, say, 4 white sweaters, try instead to bring 3 or 4
different outfits. Examples:, a formal or dressy outfit; 1 or 2 semi-dressy (or
semi-casual - hey, we're easy!) outfits; a casual; and a special outfit.
Also, try to pick your outfits so you'll have a
of colors & tones (that is, light & dark) instead of all
the same ( how dull, you know?). If you don't think you have enough variety, beg
or borrow from your family or friends! Here are some examples for you to bring:
FORMAL - For girls, a formal dress, dressy dress or suit, etc.
This will probably be the one your family will hang over the mantle, so you want
this to look classy -
Solid colors are best here!
Just remember that if you wear stripes, polka dots, contrasty prints or plaids,
etc., you're going to get really sick of looking at that same design day after
day on the wall (not to mention looking outdated soon) - that's why you want to
stick to something classical and simple.
SEMI-FORMAL - Any kind of dressy or sporty looking outfit
- a regular dress, pantsuit, fashiony look, etc; again, you will want to lean
more towards solids.
CASUAL - This can be solids, prints, stripes, light, dark,
rainbow colored, whatever you feel like! - Jeans, shorts, casual shirts, Levis,
warmups, etc. Try to have different colors and tones from the other 2 outfits!
SPECIAL - We encourage everyone to bring one of these! Such as:,
sports/band/drill/cheering uniforms or outfits, bathing suits, snowski/tennis/dance
As we said above, try to bring different types and colors of your outfits.
Ideally, bring at least one dark, one light/pastel or white, and different
colors. 4 different colored sweaters & levis isn't really giving variety.
Neither is having different types of outfits, but all of them in the same color
- you won't really see the variety as well.
Want to Look THINNER?
Hey, not even Brittney Spears has a perfect bod - what you wear
make a major difference in your size appearance in your portraits. A few
suggestions, for those who want to look better!:
Light & bright
(yellow/red/pink/white/etc.) will make you look
(blue/green/brown/grey, etc.) will make you look smaller.
- NO Stripes, polka dots, prints, etc.
Long sleeves are a
plus - avoid
outfits, unless you've got great arms & elbows. This is especially true on
your formal & semi-formal outfits.
The point is to draw less attention to your body and more to your face -
that's what it's all about!
We can soften or remove: blemishes, lines, bags, scars, moles.
teeth, strap marks, crossed eyes, glass glare, stray hairs, etc.; but this is
done digitally, and IS
done at an additional charge.
Freckles: We can soften, but you probably won't look right if
they're TOTALLY removed - besides, freckles are cool! Also, makeup helps! If you
do want them ALL removed, we can do this digitally at an additional charge.
Glasses: Strong corrective lenses distort -
photograys hide your eyes - they all reflect - these cannot be retouched except
at additional cost. Ask your eye doctor to loan you a pair of (matching) empty
frames, or remove the lenses beforehand. (Some types, we can do here). Your
portraits will look 1,000,000% better!
retouch sunburns, redness or peeling, but only digitally, (see above). And, with
sunburns and red skin, we can't always fix EVERYthing, even digitally! A slight
tan looks ok in portraits, but if you look like a bronze goddess, or a Red
Lobster, well, that's the way your portraits will be! There's something called
SUNSCREEN (preferably 30+) that's been around for years - use it! But, if you
get burned before your sitting, the best thing to do is - RESCHEDULE!!
- V-or cowl neck look best - round or square
necklines sometimes make your face look broader.
HAIR - make sure it looks fresh and natural, and
Don't try a new hairstyle right before your sitting - You probably won't like
- It's really important that you do use makeup for your
portraits - just make sure you know what will give you the best results and
don't overdo. On girls we use "sofftouch" lenses on many of the poses,
so it's important to make sure your eyes especially are accentuated. Also,
coverup can eliminate most minor blemishes. We can also offer makeup assistance.
JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES - Bring coordinating jewelry, necklaces,
earrings - all that junk.
Don't forget it! (also, if you wear your boyfriend's class ring, we recommend
making one pose with it to give to him, then wear
ring for the rest!
SHOES - Make sure you bring matching shoes, slacks, pants,
belts, etc. to go with the top. We'll do a couple of full length poses, so don't
What Else To Bring: We encourage you to
bring several things to help personalize some of your portraits. These are just
some examples, please use your imagination. so we can capture the real you!
PETS - Definitely! Cats, dogs, horse (but please let us know
in advance if you're bringing a horse!), birds, etc.
PERSONAL -Boy/girl-friend, car, bike; surfboard,
waterskis, snowskis, windsurfer, awards, trophies, etc.
HOBBIES: - art work, camping, RC gear, , martial arts,
photo equipment, scuba diving, computers, etc.
SPORTS: - sports equipment, uniforms, trophies, etc.
COLLECTIONS: - stamps, stuffed
animals, coins, etc.