Memorable portraits take careful planning, and the clothing you choose is very important to your portrait’s success. These tips will help you to make important decisions about the clothing and style of your artwork.

Tips on preparing for your portraits:

  • Turtle necks or V-necks are flattering provided that neither is exaggerated in style. Avoid wide or particularly deep V-neck garments or bulky cowl neck sweaters that completely hide the neck.
  • For close up portraits, long sleeves are essential for teens and adults, as bare arms call attention to themselves and will overpower the face.
  • Women being photographed in full length should wear long skirts, pants, or dark stockings in order to keep the eye from being directed toward the legs and away from the face.
  • If feet are to show in the portrait, assure that shoes and stockings are in keeping with the visual content of the portrait.
  • Men should be clean shaven or facial hair should be carefully groomed, with their hair cut about one week before the portrait session. Women should be photographed whenever they are happiest with their hair in relation to the time it is styled.
  • Above all, remember this, a portrait is about the person or persons being photographed, not about their clothes or the background.

Clothing for Individuals:

The goal of any fine portrait is to direct the viewer’s eye to the face(s) in the portrait. All other elements should be secondary. For individuals, simple long-sleeved garments in medium to dark tones of brown, gray, burgundy, green or blue are pleasing choices when photographed against a medium or dark background.

Clothing for Small Groups:

Couples or small groups should choose simple garments within the same tonal ranges. When subjects appear in a mixture of light and dark tones together, there is a visual confusion–as the light color comes forward, and the dark color recedes. When this happens, one person becomes dominant and appears heavier than in reality.

Clothing for Families:

In a family group, proper clothing coordination is critical. When decorating a home, a major concern is to coordinate the colors and tones of the walls, carpets, drapes and furniture. Similar coordination is necessary when selecting clothing for a group portrait. Choose clothing in the same tonal ranges so that no single member of the family stands out because the clothing is too light or bright as compared to the rest of the group.

For more information or to request a brochure with tips for decorating with portraiture, children’s portraits and creating a portrait, please contact us.



Bello’s Portraits has a beautiful selection of frames and matting that are custom ordered for any size print or canvas.   Bello’s Portraits does include free labor when you purchase one of their quality frames!

Need a folio for those senior portraits?  Bello’s Portraits can help you find one for a beautiful display. They carry folios in an assortment of colors and configurations.

Bello’s Portraits also creates beautiful digitally hand painted portraits from images we have photographed of families, children, high school seniors, individuals, landscapes or weddings. These rich paintings, which are of heirloom quality, will grace that special space in your home and the homes of future generations of family members. These Heirloom Portraits are actually printed on canvas over a stretcher frame or in the more contemporary canvas wrap style. Prices start at $250.00. Give Bello’s Portraits a call at their studio for more information.

Bello’s Portraits carries a line of Albums to suit any taste or budget. Their albums come in styles and colors from traditional to contemporary and materials from rich top grain leathers to the most elegant man-made materials. For the bride and groom, for parents or grandparents, Bello’s Portraits has something for everyone!

Their most popular contemporary Optimus Ultra leather bound albums are made in the USA and come in either regular or deluxe versions. The regular version can be covered in any one of 44 beautiful man-made and leather finishes. The Deluxe version Optimus UltraAlbums are covered in full grain leather in one of seven rich colors:


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