The tips below will help you prepare your child to be the star of his or her school picture.
What to Wear!
Focus on the waist up! We won't see your fabulous new pants or shiny new belt and shoes in these pictures.
Avoid bold, bright colors, logos, and stripes! These will distract attention from a gorgeous smile.
Keep your accessories simple. Big earrings, necklaces, scarves, or other accessories will distract from your face and smile.
Slightly fitted and tailored is always more flattering than loose and baggy.
Still feeling nervous and want a fail-safe option? Go for a natural, solid color! A nice shirt in a single hue is a timeless option for school pictures and always helps your student's smile remain the center of attention.
School pictures focus on the head and shoulders, so hair is important! However, we also believe that the best hairstyle is the one that you and your student like.
If you love the freshly cut look, get a haircut as close to Picture Day as possible. (The only time not to do this is when tan-lines are involved! If you do get a fresh cut and have obvious tan-lines, you may want to add a White Glove touch-up service to your images!)
If you prefer a little more natural style, get it a couple of weeks out so it has some time to grow back in.
If your student's hair naturally falls in front of his/her face, try to use hairpins, hair spray, or gel. We do want to see eyes in these pictures!
Glasses are always welcome! We just don't want glare to get in the way of beautiful eyes.
In most cases, we can eliminate glare. However, there are certain style lens - such as self-darkening - that make complete glare removal impossible.
We may also ask your child to be photographed both with and without glasses so that you can choose!
Smiles & Teeth!
Dentists don't even pay us to say this, but flossing matters! Freshly brushed and flossed teeth make sparkley smiles.
Let braces shine! A mouth of metal is a limited addition photo op. Lips can't usually hide them anyway, so kids might as well wear them proudly.
A gap-tooth smile is beautiful and classic!
Make-Up, Concealers, & Tanners
This may not apply to all of you! However, if you are planning any type of face or neck applications, we have tips for that too.
Think shimmer, not glitter in your eyeliner, blush, lip gloss and more! Too many sparkles can look shiny and messy when combined with flash photography.
Less in more. Avoid heavy concealers and foundation which can look cakey and streaky in close-up pictures.
Keep makeup colors natural. A nude-pink blush and lip color is a foolproof shade for any skin tone!
Please don't use self-tanners before your pictures! The imperfect tones and streaks in these always show in close-up pictures. Your natural skin tone is always the skin tone that photographs the best!