Portrait Pre-Shoot Tips

So you need to get your portrait taken. Below you will find a few tips to make sure you look the best you can in your portrait.

Many people people hate getting photos done, if you the approach the shoot with a fun or easy going attitude you will get much better shots.


  • For multiple staff members, aim for consistency or company shirts.
  • Plan ahead of time.
  • Wear what you feel comfortable in and normally wear.
  • Guys – make sure your clothes fit well. Baggy clothes don’t look good.
  • Polish shoes and wear matching colour for full length shots
  • Clothes should be clean and wrinkle free – it can be difficult to remove in Photoshop.
  • Simpler and more conservative is better for a professional look.
  • Solid colours are great – or keep patterns simple. Best to avoid pastels and light colours.
  • Make sure you get any lint off before.


  • Bring a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray) with you to calm strays.
  • Style it how you feel comfortable. Ladies, start with your hair down – towards the end you can put it up if you prefer.
  • Cut hair a week in advance (this will allow hair to settle)

Makeup and Face

  • For Men – if you shave, do it a few hours before to avoid red skin (irritation). Use moisturiser to minimise skin irritation & dry looking skin.
  • Use just enough make-up to cover blemishes.
  • Try not to use matte styles of makeup. It will dry out your skin.
  • Bring translucent powder to minimise shine.
  • Bring your makeup and moisturiser in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.
  • Bring lip balm or lip gloss to help keep lips looking shiny and soft.
  • Don’t do facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating before a shoot – your skin can look red.
  • Get rid of any unwanted hair a few days before your shoot – brows, upper lip hair etc.

During the Shoot

  • Try to relax. Don’t worry, I’ve seen it all before.
  • Follow the photographer’s directions, even if it sounds silly. We generally know how to get the best out of people.
  • Tell the photographer what you like and don’t like.
  • Tell the photographer your favourite side (if you have one – many people don’t).
  • If there is something you want to hide, although it may be embarrassing, try to tell the photographer so they can minimise it.
  • You will get the chance to review the images as we shoot and provide feedback.
  • Have fun!


We always get asked if we can photoshop this or that. Double chins, crooked smiles, yellow teeth, arms, wrinkles.

Whilst some of these things can be minimised, we won’t know how it will come out until we try. It’s always best to let the photographer know when shooting so they can try and minimise these things.

If you do want extra retouching, we have options to fix common problem areas for an
additional cost