It is August, which mean school is back in session. And the start of school means that school portraits are not far behind. Here some of my top tips to share with families as they get ready for School Pictured Day in a Whole New Way with Pectolite Photography.
Pectolite Photography provides fine are school portraits. Fine art school portraits allow children to be their natural selves, no smiles required. I use a simple black background and natural light to craft an image that focuses solely on your child and their unique expressiveness.
1. What to wear?
Let your child help pick what he or she will wear. Comfort, Clean and Pressed are the 3 keys to success.
To keep your child as the star of the portrait, I do recommend avoiding slogans, logos, and big patterns.As well, off the shoulder and spaghetti straps should be considered carefully.
Choose solid colors or simple patterns for the most timeless look. Be aware that some colors reflect strongly on the skin. If an orange shirt is suffusing your child's face, it may be evident in the pictures. Retouching can help, but why have the added expense?
I do all that I can to minimize glare on glasses. You can help too. Clean glasses are the best start to minimal glare.
Choose a hairstyle that is similar to your normal every day look.
Plan a haircut about a week before picture day. This gives a child time to get comfortable with any new style.
Like the fresh cut look? Go for it. Really, any style works for picture day.
Don't sweat perfection. Messy hair and all, my images are about your child and who they are at this moment in time. And they are wonderful just as they are.
If your child wears make-up, encourage a light hand and neutral shades. Make-up should enhance their natural beauty, not conceal it.
Speaking of concealing, concealer can look artificial and messy. It is a good idea to skip concealer. Scars, blemishes, bruises and stitches can be retouched. Bad haircuts and attitudes. . . well that I can't correct.
5. Prepare the night before
Start with making sure clothes are clean and ready to go.
Hydrate. Good hydration improves skin tone and the way we feel in general.
Help your child get enough sleep the night before picture day.
Plan for your child to awake early enough so that no one needs to rush.