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What to Wear and Other Important Tips

Making Your Clothing Selections
   Depending on how many sessions you are having bring several totally different outfits to our studio the day of your session; a traditional outfit, a dressy dress, or shirt and tie for guys, casual outfits (shorts or jeans), and “fun” outfits (shorts, T-shirts, Team uniforms, etc.). Remember to select not only different styles; but also, different colors for each outfit.  The more variety you bring in for clothing, the more exciting and different images we can create for your photographs.  We will help you select from the outfits you bring for your session.
   When choosing clothing colors, remember that rich, solid colors photograph best – like royal blue, emerald or teal green, fuchsia, red, purple, etc. Earth tones like browns, olives, tans, also look nice. Navy blue is a very difficult color to photograph; in photography it tends to look more like black. Solid colors are best for your traditional session. You may want to go a bit more trendy with a fun outfit for additional sessions. Just remember, trendy things are just that - trendy. They look great today and are fun to look at years from now.
   PLEASE NOTE: Remember to bring complete outfits, from head to toe.  Full length poses will be done during your session.  Bring all accessories like jewelry, class rings, shoes, hats, etc.  Don’t forget you will want your socks or hosiery to match or complement each outfit.
   For outdoor portraits, be careful of bright greens as they often clash with the greens of the leaves and grass. Black, Khaki, pink, orange, navy, tan, gold, burgundy, dark yellow are good outdoors. We recommend staying away from white, light/pale yellow or other very light/pale colors outdoors. 

Hair and Make-up
   Wear your hair as you normally do. Do not decide to try a new haircut or perm the week of your session.  Girls, if you like to wear your hair in a couple of different styles (for instance, put up for a dressy or fun outfit; we can allow a few minutes during outfit changes for you to do so. You must inform us if you plan on doing this before your session starts.
   The correct use of make-up will considerably enhance your portrait; therefore we suggest use of the following.  Under eye concealer reduces dark circles and works well to cover up blemishes.
   Foundation will help blend skin tones for a smoother complexion, along with powder to reduce the sheen of a shiny forehead and nose.  
   Girls, apply cheek, eye, and lip color as you would for an evening out.. All of these steps will make a difference.  If you need help with this, please ask.

Glasses
   If you wear glasses most of the time, you will want to wear them for your portraits.  Glasses will reflect light and glare; and more importantly, they can create a distorted face line.  To prevent this, call your optician and arrange to either borrow an identical pair of empty frames or have your lenses removed from your own frames.  Most opticians will gladly do this free of charge if you call ahead.  It doesn’t take much effort, but it makes your portraits look so much better!

Additional Helpful Tips
   Some poses show your hands.  Be sure your nails are manicured to your liking. If you are using a tanning bed this time of year, please do not use the bed for at least two days prior to your session.
   If you come with a “fresh red lobster look”, we cannot hide or change the color of your skin. We can “fix” tan lines for an additional charge. Part of what makes portraits done by deVries Photography so unique is that we work very hard to bring out your personality.
   You are welcome to bring a guest with you when you are photographed. You may want to have mom, a sister, or a friend there for more fun and for helping with clothing changes, etc. Bring someone you are comfortable with!!

Music
    You can plug in your iPod or phone.

Arrive Early
   PLAN ON ARRIVING 10-15 MINUTES EARLY to your session to freshen up and check your hair and makeup.  We will spend a few minutes before your session to plan the outfits you will be wearing.

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A portrait studio that specializes in families, weddings, children and high school seniors. deVries has been serving the Holland and Zeeland area for over 70 years with classic and contemporary styles.