Follow these 10 easy tips and you’ll look better in your next portrait. Whether it’s a business portrait for advertising or a family portrait doesn’t matter, these tips work for any photo shoot. If you are nervous about having a portrait taken or have questions about how to prepare, talk to your portrait photographer a few days before the shoot.
- You want to look your best, so pay extra attention to your grooming before your portrait session. If you need a fresh haircut, have it done about a week ahead.
- Facial shine is detrimental to a great portrait. If your skin is oily, shiny, or perspires heavily, you should dust it lightly with cosmetic powder. This goes for men, too.
- Men, if you have an afternoon photo shoot and a heavy beard, shave at mid-day to avoid the “five o’clock shadow” look.
- If you wear a beard or mustache, trim them neatly and raise some money for Movember next year by joining my team, MovemberYYC.
- Women, wear your normal makeup and lipstick.
- Even if you prefer a natural look, a good foundation can smooth out skin tones, and a little lipstick and mascara can bring out your features.
- Ladies can apply makeup slightly heavier than normal to add some color to their cheeks and lips. This enhances their appearance and minimizes any imperfections.
- If you normally wear glasses, they should be part of your portrait. Photographers control the reflections to the best of our ability by adjusting your pose and the lights.
- If your glasses have thick lenses or you have had severe reflection problems in the past, ask your optometrist to loan you a frame with no lenses for your portrait.
- Drop by the cosmetics counter at the mall before your shoot and get a make-over. Tell them you are heading to a portrait session and ask them to use make-up that works well with photographer’s lights.
Brett Gilmour is a commercial photographer with extensive experience photographing people for editorial and corporate clients. He has been awarded the Gold Nugget Award for architectural photography 3 times. He is the Past-President of the CAPIC, Prairie Chapter; a former Co-Chair of the Calgary Marketing Club and was on the Film Selection Committee for the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Contact Brett, Toll Free 1-866-686-3453, by email: or by using his contact page if you have ANY questions.