Express Portraits Styling Guide

Don’t freak out!  You can absolutely dress yourself for your 20 minute mini session.  Whether you choose to wear a funny graphic tee or a ballgown, it’s all up to you.  Here are some suggestions for how to narrow down your options.


Color Pop

Wear colors that work well with the background color of your choice.  You can choose to wear the same color as the background for a fun effect or choose a complimenting color!  The color options I have currently are:


  • Red 
  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Blue
  • Pink


Muted with Color Accents

Choose a muted background (variations on grey and white) and wear muted clothing with pops of color or bold contrasting black clothes and props.  Props are a powerful tool for jazzing up with your photos!  Think about items you use in your work or in your creative pursuits that you can incorporate into your photos.  Prop suggestions:


  • Sunglasses
  • Tablet or laptop
  • Headphones
  • Hats
  • Mug
  • Ice cream cone (keep it from melting by getting it RIGHT before your session)
  • Fruits and veggies
  • Umbrella
  • Vintage items
  • Small pets (please don’t bring your hippopotamus)  
  • Your favorite foods
  • Magnifying glass
  • Books with bold print titles


Black & White

I have white and black background options – and you can tell me ahead of time that you want your photo to be in black and white!  This is great for specific brands that embrace monochromatic themes.  You can wear any color but generally dark clothes look best on a white background and light clothes look best on a dark background.   



Traditional headshots can still be interesting!  If your job requires something a bit more traditional, keep things fresh by dressing sharp.  A tailored suit and collared dress shirt with or without a tie is always going to work for the fellas.  And for the ladies, look for V-shaped necklines and minimal jewelry.  

Stick to basic colors:  black, grey, white, blue, light green, light pink, brown, and beige are all safe bets.