Most Frequent Asked Questions & Answers
When choosing your outfits, keep in mind that you will typically bring three to four changes of clothes. You may bring more if you are not sure. We will gladly go over your outfits with you and help you select what looks best.
Guys ~Clothes – For the more traditional portraits, a suit or sport jacket with a tie is good, but make sure that the shirt is ironed, fits properly and can button at the top. Medium to dark color sweaters photograph well. For casual and outdoor photos, comfort is the rule – jeans, shirts, sweaters, shorts, sweatshirts, western type or T-shirts.
Girls ~ Clothes – Bring the colors and outfits you feel the best in. Dresses, formals, sweaters and lace are for the more traditional look. Bright colors, skirts, jeans and shorts are for the contemporary look. Try to avoid large prints or patterns that detract from your face. If you like an outfit, please bring it, because you will look your best in it.
What about my hair, makeup & glasses?
Guys ~ Hair – You should have your haircut one week before your portrait session. Give it a chance to “fill in” a little. Hair should be clean and neatly combed. Make sure you are clean shaven. Any mustaches or beards should be neatly trimmed.
Girls ~ Grooming – Avoid new hairstyles, having your hair cut or getting a perm the week before your appointment. If you would like to change your hairstyle during the session, it can add a little variety to your photographs. It should be a simple change that can be done quickly. Fingernails and toenails should be freshly groomed…often we suggest a barefoot pose.
Makeup – Just before your session we suggest that you lightly apply makeup to any noticeable blemishes.
Glasses – If you wear glasses most of the time, you will want to wear them in your portraits. To eliminate glare and reflections, bring along an empty pair of frames similar to your own. Many Optometrists will “loan” you a pair of frames at no charge. There is a charge for removing glass glare.
What are some tips on clothing style and accessories?
- Long sleeves are essential for teens and adults, as bare arms call attention to themselves and will overpower the face.
- Turtle necks or V-necks are flattering, provided that neither is exaggerated in style. Avoid very wide or particularly deep V-neck garments as well as bulky cowl neck sweaters that completely hide the neck.
- Very simple garments always photograph best.
- Women being photographed in full length should wear long skirts, pants or dark stocking in order to keep the eye from being directed toward the legs and away from the face.
- If feet are to show in the portrait, make certain shoes and stockings are in keeping with the visual intent of the portrait.
Are parents welcome?
Have you ever been asked by photographers to leave the camera room while your son or daughter was being photographed? If so, you will be happy to know that does not happen here at M & N Photography.
We feel no one knows your son or daughter better than you do. We value your input during the session. Since the photographs will be for you and your family, we want to make sure you get exactly what you want. If you have something special in mind, it is important that we capture those images. The more information you give us the better, so we will be able to create those lasting images.
Some parents feel their presence may make their son or daughter uncomfortable, but we have found that to be very rare. In fact, we normally find that the presence of the parents makes the senior more at ease.
What if it rains?
If you planned to have some of your poses taken outdoors but it looks like rain, we will still photograph the studio portion of your session during your scheduled time. We will reschedule the outdoor portion for another day. Remember that summer and autumn showers come and go quickly. It might be raining where you are, but sunny here. If the weather seems to pose a problem, we will call you. If you do not hear from us, your appointment is still on.
What can I expect at my session?
- First expect to have fun. Everyone is nervous at first, but we like to talk to you for a few minutes to help you relax.
- Plan on arriving 15 minutes early to freshen up, check your outfits, hair and makeup. We will spend a few minutes with you to find out what poses you like the best. Being late will only result in you feeling rushed and less time spent on you.
- Be sure to wear one of the outfits you are going to be photographed in. If you have an early session, please come to the studio wearing your inside outfit. If you have a later session, please come to the studio wearing your outdoor outfit first. This will save you time. If you are not sure what to wear, just wear your casual clothes over and we will help you pick the most photogenic ones.
- Make sure you show Nancy or Mike what portraits you want.
- Most of all, remember to relax and have fun! We realize this is one of the most important times in your life and you may be a little nervous. We can assure you that you will have a memorable experience.
What else can I bring?
This is where we can have some fun. Bring whatever is meaningful to you: an old hat, stuffed animal, sunglasses, musical instrument, sports equipment, car, a friend, class ring or your pet (pets are only photographed outdoors). We will be happy to work through whatever ideas you come up with. Finally, and most importantly, bring your parents.