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The Formal Portrait

It is important for the success of your formal portrait that specific styles and colors of clothing be worn.

We request that you please dress formal. For many families, this portrait will become the most elegant portrait they will possess in a lifetime. Most formal portraits will not show anything below the knees. We ask that you wear dark clothing as this tends to accentuate your faces and eyes; not the clothing. Having completed thousands of portraits, our experience suggests that the following works best:

Men - Dark Suit or Sport Coats, white shirt, tie, and dark pants.

Women - Dark Dress (black, navy, burgundy, dark green, etc.). Little or no pattern is preferred. Classic Jewelry such as diamonds and pearls are encouraged. It is also recommended that the dress length falls below the knee.

Young Girls - Dark solid dresses are preferred, but ivory or off white are also acceptable if they are 4 or younger. Long sleeves are recommended for adults, but girls can usually wear short or no sleeves.

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


Note: If you absolutely prefer to be casual, the following guidelines need to be followed for it to be a success: You should still wear something dark and solid; no busy patterns or lettering. Also, a style that is classic and will look appropriate 20 years from now. Many families make the mistake of wearing trendy clothing only to regret it when fashions change. 

Your face and eyes should be dominant and draw attention in the portrait, not your clothing.

The Equestrian Portrait

Our Equestrian Portraits tend to be very stylized and somewhat glamorous. They are far from ordinary.

Whether formal or casual, we suggest dark solid colors. Avoid busy patterns, stripes, and plaids. 

Remember to keep your attire "classic" rather than trendy.

A classic painted portrait will become more precious as the years pass.