Tips for your MIT Club/ Ed-Board Photo Shoot

A friend of mine wanted to know how best to dress for an upcoming photo session he is to take part in. WHAT IN THE WORLD to Wear? He despaired as he fidgeted nervously about the fast approaching event.

Creating a perfect portrait takes a little planning. Fine portraiture captures facial expressions and mood, while clothing, accessories and props are secondary and shouldn’t create any distractions. Careful choice of these will avoid dating your portraits.

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How you dress for your session will set the tone for your portraits (of course!). The first question I asked him was what style of portrait do you want?

Classic or Modern.

Style: Classic

A portrait that never goes out of style… a portrait that a viewer would have a hard time telling when in time the portrait was made.  Simple is best.  Classic, non-trendy clothing will do the trick… Avoid logos, stripes or busy patterns.  Consider the location that this portrait will be displayed… choose colors that are pleasing with that background.

Style: Modern Colorful Portrait

Bring out your bright, colorful clothing… whatever you LOVE.  This type of clothing helps create a work of art that would brighten any fun room.  Anything goes with this type of portrait!  Bring anything that is “you” and bring anything that defines you!  A skateboard, a soccer ball, your pet hamster… whatever- this session is fun and about you- bring it on.

Most important note about clothing:  The most important thing is that you feel wonderful and comfortable in what you are wearing!  Your portrait should be a reflection of you!

Here are some fashion tips for your portrait session:

A casual portrait can work as well !


Wear natural makeup but go for more of an evening look. If your makeup is too light, you may look a bit washed out, however, don’t overdo it! Use a little extra mascara to make eyes stand out and a soft colored lip gloss for a bit of color.

Use your usual style for your portraits; don’t try new hair styles or hair colors for your


Make sure you are freshly shaved. The “five o’clock shadow” is one of the hardest things to retouch. Shave right before your portrait appointment or bring your cordless shaver to the studio.

Avoid a fresh haircut. If you need a haircut, have it done 2 weeks before your appointment.

For a Group Photo:

Choose a uniform attire for your group portrait

 Try something thematic. If your group represents a particular field, try dressing uniformly with matching attire and props used in your particular area of work. For example if yours is an automobile designing/testing group, bring in a car and dress in mechanic overalls. Or try to go for a retro/gothic/artsy look. This will work best only if all the members in the group are comfortable with it!

Black and White Photos
The real colors you wear is not important. However, avoid outfits that are predominantly black or white. Remember the image will only show black, white and grey. Mixing tones and textures makes a more interesting black and white image. Clothing with lots of texture (corduroy, flannel, denim, will) look great in black and white. Layers always add a classy look to black and white images


If you normally wear glasses, they should be part of your portrait. We control the reflections to the best of our ability by adjusting your pose, but sometimes it’s impossible to eliminate glasses glare. If you have thick lenses or have had severe reflection problems in the past, you may want to ask your optometrist to loan you a frame with no lenses for your portrait.

Some Final Thoughts


Don’t worry because of blemishes or if you are waiting for a tan. Retouching is available these days and color will be added naturally.

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