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When You Are Having A Portrait Done

If you are having a business portrait done,  that includes a head and shoulders or an executive portrait; you might want to consider the following.

Men should have a recent hair cut, but not necessarily a haircut done the day before their portrait.  We look better and have had a chance to adjust to a “look” after about 5 to 7 days.  Also our hair tends to shrink for the first couple of days after a fresh cut.

If you wear T-shirts; no V-neck or tank top T-shirts please as they may show through dress shirts.

Both men and women should try to stay away from very tight patterned shirts, ties and jackets so as not to run into a moiré problem with fabrics, which would introduce additional retouching needs.  (Think of a newscaster’s blinking and shimmering tie on TV, which is filmed with a digital video camera, and you will understand moiré issues.)

Jackets on men and women need to fit as compared to being under sized. Looser is better, I can always tighten them up.

Shirts for men with ties should also fit properly around the neck so that a tie fits properly.

Loud colors and loud patterns may at times detract from the face in a portrait.

A good nights sleep is important so that you are fresh for your portrait.  Good hydration is also important.  It is best not to rub under your eyes the morning of your portrait as the skin there bruises very easily.

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