Dress Code



Dress Code

As a specialty studio, our background and lighting are exactly calculated to render your portrait as an exquisite piece of art. It is important for the success of your portrait that certain styles and colors of clothing be used, while avoiding other styles and colors.

We ask that you please dress formal. For many, this becomes the most elegant portrait they will possess in a lifetime. Most portraits do not drop below the knees. In general, we ask that you wear dark clothing so as to keep the light reflecting on the face and eyes; not the clothing. Our contoured lighting , and Lord Nelson background does not work with light color tops.  Having done over ten thousand portraits, our experience suggest that the following works best:

Men - Dark Jackets (tuxedo or suit), white shirt, tie, and dark pants.

Ladies - Dark (black, navy, burgundy, dark green, etc.) dress or gown. White lace around collar is okay. Little or no pattern is preferred.  Classic Jewelry such as diamonds, pearls, etc. are encouraged.

Young Girls - Dark or jewel toned solid dresses are preferred, but ivory, cream or off white are also acceptable if they are 4 or under. Long sleeves are recommended for adults, but girls usually are preferred to have short or no sleeves.

Young Boys - Same as men, or a solid dark sweater. If under 4, a white shirt with bow tie can be appropriate.

Note: If you absolutely must be casual, the following guidelines need to be followed for it to be a success: You should still be in something dark and solid; not busy. Also, a style that will look acceptable 20 years down the line, as many people make the mistake of wearing trendy clothing only to regret it when fashions change.  Remember it’s your face and eyes that should draw the attention in the portrait not your clothing. 

Dresses that flow below the waist are usually preferred rather than a tight fit.

Timeless clothing that doesn’t look dated is always a good option.



Wearing the same color exudes a feeling of togetherness and unity rather than separation.


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