How to Prepare for a Portrait - Sum & Substance: Part 4 of 4

by Mark Jordan ©2011

• Simple earrings are preferred. Large dangling ones do not photograph well as they will never stay put...
• Necklaces look best when they are simple and not bulky. Avoid ones that will neither hang behind or atop your blouse. Also avoid necklaces that spin around easily. Know where you want it be and make sure it stays there. It is very disappointing to see your necklace half in/out with the backside your pendant sparkling. It is also time consuming to remedy in artwork.
• In general, most watches are fine. Keep big, bulky ones at home, unless you wish your watch to be a focal point in the portrait. If you have a “white spot” on your wrist, apply a dab of makeup to lessen the contrast (we could also opt to place it so it will not be seen by the camera or take care of it in post-production).

• Glasses not only catch light reflection but they also distort contour facial lines. Artwork to remove minor glass glare is included in the price of your portrait but major glass glare and restoring facial features is not. The fee varies depending on the extent of artwork required and will require a quote. Though we do provide this service at cost, it can become expensive, especially when considering it is something that can be avoided with a modicum of preparation.
 • If you wear glasses, and wish to avoid glass glare/reflections and facial distortion, there are three dependable, clear-cut options:
     1. have your optician supply you with empty rims for the day
         of your appointment
     2. pop the lenses prior to your portrait (be sure to bring a
         secondary pair...)
     3. wear only non-glare lenses (doing so will lessen glare but
         do nothing to mitigate distortion of contour facial lines)
• Transition lenses can be especially troublesome and should be avoided.
• Contact lenses may be worn and generally pose no challenge.

Extraordinarily Beautiful Family - Family Portrait at Coto de Caza, CA
• AVOID Perfectly MATCHING the Colors and Design of Clothing. Loosen up you perfectionists (Oh, that’s me!).
• AVOID BEING “CREATIVE” with colors and patterns (wear only thematic colors).
• AVOID STIFF fabrics and materials that wrinkle easily. If your clothing requires heavy ironing, it’s probably the wrong piece to wear. If you’ve slept in it and it still looks fresh - bull’s-eye!
• AVOID TIGHT fitting clothing. Soft, flowing lines are aesthetically more pleasing. Loose fitting clothing (not baggy) also serve to create a more svelte appearance.
• AVOID WHITE & LIGHT if there are weight concerns. Be especially attentive to pants unless expanding your “foundation” by 10-20 pounds is your objective.
• AVOID LOOKING AROUND during the portrait session. Your children and shoes aren’t going anywhere unless you are. Besides, the top of your head is not usually very attractive. The best place to land your gaze is at the center of the lens.
• AVOID feeling the pressure to purchase expensive clothing to keep in line with the color theme. If you must purchase something, it does not need to be costly. The camera cannot perceive value. The reality of the most elaborately designed sets in Hollywood movies would not even impress Homer Simpson. QUALITY cannot be detected. The only element that matters is the harmony of the colors and the matching of the fabric’s characteristics.
• AVOID being late for your portrait session. Having to RUSH or feeling RUSHED is not a comfortable way to have your portrait created. Not to mention the sun is adverse to altering its schedule to meet yours. Late appointments are subject to an additional Session/Location fee.

• DO bring along anything to your portrait you might need: grooming gear, water, medications, makeup, snack, our cell numbers, backups...
• DO keep within THEME COLORS ONLY.
• DO wear DARKER SHADES of theme colors if you desire to appear more svelte.
• DO come to the session with a POSITIVE, HAPPY HEART. Your cheerful attitude will be reflected for all to see for generations to come. The hard work is all behind you. Relax - enjoy yourself.
• DO keep your eyes on the camera through the entire session. You will be tempted to look around and check out how others are doing. RESIST! The temptation will be more difficult than you think. It will be like having an itch you can’t scratch. Be strong - you CAN do it!
• DO SPEAK UP if you are uncomfortable or have any concern. No question is too small. I will not be responsible for numb limbs.
• DO remember that if everyone is on the ball, the portrait session will only take about 20 minutes. That’s it. A very small price to pay for such a cherished reward.
• DO be ON TIME for your portrait session. You will want to take advantage of every minute set aside to create your portrait. You may even want to consider arriving a bit early, just to make sure all goes well.
• DO keep things SIMPLE.
• DO keep things SIMPLE.

©Photosical - the photographic and personal observations of Orange County Photographer, Mark Jordan

Mark Jordan Photography specializes in crafting stunning contemporary, traditional, classic, and storytelling family portraits (high school seniors, children portraits, babies, maternity, pregnancy), headshots and pets. Mark Jordan, a Photography Hall of Fame photographer in Rancho Santa Margarita and provides portrait photography throughout Orange County. The portrait studio also serves San Diego County and Inland Empire. Studio Photography Services are also provided in Riverside County and Los Angeles County. Local Cites where photography studio services are offered are in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Cypress, Dana Point, Dove Canyon, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Northwood, Orange, Orange Park Acres, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda, Corona del Mar, Murrieta, Murrieta Hot Springs, Quail Valley, Riverside, Temecula, Winchester, Chino Hills, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Montclair, Rancho Bernardo, Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, Escondido, La Mesa, Oceanside, San Diego, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Vista, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, and San Diego Country Estates, Turtle Rock, Shady Canyon. Portrait Photographers everywhere (photographers in O.C. as well) are welcome to contact our portrait studio for mentoring/guidance.