Tips For Your Session - Ernie Silva Photography

Portrait Photography

Getting ready for your photo session -

Planning goes a long way toward making your portrait session successful. The portrait is a collaboration between the photographer and the subject. Please take a few moments to look over the following suggestions to see how you may participate in the planning of your successful portrait. Try to get a good night’s sleep before the session and drink lots of water. Both will reduce puffy eyes. Choose a color theme that simplifies the look of your portrait. Too many busy patterns and colors are especially distracting. Coordinate the clothing for all subjects in a group portrait so that one person will not dominate the scene. Color coordination lends harmony to the portrait. Dark clothing tends to minimize body size, and light tones tend to emphasize body size. Most people look best in darker colors. Choosing solid colors is usually flattering to everyone. A busy pattern is distracting. Shoes and socks are often overlooked as an important part of portrait clothing. They should compliment, not contrast. Carefully consider your apparel from head to toe as a variety of full length and close up poses may be taken.

Dress for Small Children While cute, play clothes detract from your professionally made portrait. Stick with the basic guidelines for adults.

Dress for Business Portraits With “business attire”, a pure white shirt will emphasize your neck rather than your face. Pastel, thin striped or soft patterned shirt with a subtle tie is preferred. You may want to bring extra clothing and accessories “just in case”, and we will help you decide if something else would coordinate better.

Dress for Outdoor Portraits As a background, the outdoors is very busy. It is important to choose only one or two theme colors. While blues are excellent all year, white, ivory, khaki and salmon are great against lush green foliage. Burgundy, brown, tan and gray are nice late in the season. Avoid all greens, as they clash with Mother Nature. The simplicity of two colors help separate the subject from the scenery. Busy backgrounds and busy clothes result in hard to find faces. Jeans and sweaters always look good outdoors. Please don’t wear any large broad-rim hats that might cast a shadow over the eyes.


1) Simplicity is the best policy.

2) Avoid busy patterns, prints and bright colors.

3) Wear solid colors

4) Avoid wearing yellow or green as they can adversely affect skin color

5) Shoes and socks should match the rest of the outfit.

6) Teens and adults should wear long sleeves to cover elbows.

7) Women should not wear any prominent jewelry. Large earrings are especially distracting. 8) Women should apply standard makeup with a light foundation. Don’t overdo it.

9) Guys remember that a fresh shave is better.

10) Now is not the time to experiment with a new hair style. Keep it simple.

11) If you wear eyeglasses, consider asking your eye doctor for a pair of frames without lenses. This will cut down the glare that eyeglasses can cause if flash is used.

12) Everyone should avoid wearing short pants. Long pants are always most flattering in a portrait.

13) Guys make sure your collar is freshly pressed and wrinkle free.

14) When in doubt, stick with the classic styles. They will always look good. When you follow these tips and coordinate your dress from head to toe, you are well on your way to a Perfect Portrait!

Wedding Photography

Every couple wants wonderful photos of their wedding day that capture the celebration, details, romance, and beauty.

Here are a few tips for a successful photo session:

1. Hire a professional, qualified wedding photographer. Don't be tempted to hire "Uncle Bob" to do your wedding photos. When it's all over it won't matter how much you save if you end up with bad photos.

2. If you are going to have a ceremony outdoors please plan it away from the harsh sun. Shaded areas and afternoon sunlight are best.

3. Try to have an engagement session with the same photographer that will photograph your wedding. It will allow you to interact with the photographer before your wedding day and will help your photographer identify your best angles.

4. Plan enough time for your photographic session. No matter how good the photographer is, he or she will not be able to give you wonderful photos in five minutes.

5. If possible hire a professional hair and makeup artist and have a trial session before the wedding.

6. Plan your session for afternoon or evening light unless it is an overcast day. The light will be better and you will end up with beautiful photos. Contrary to popular belief midday sunny times is the worst time to take photos.

7. Please don't forget to rest well the day before the wedding, eat, and stay hydrated during the day. If you are tired, thirsty, or hungry it will show up in your photos.

8. Don't make photography of groups the entire focus of your wedding day. A few group photos are OK to record friends and relatives at the wedding. There is nothing more boring than a wedding album full of group photos.

9. Be yourself. The goal of the wedding photographer is to capture the true you. If the photos are nice but show a fake person you won't be happy.

10. Have fun and treat the photographer like a human being. Enjoy your day, smile a lot, and relax.

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