Portrait Design

Steps to Perfect Portrait Design

It takes planning to create your best portrait so that it is a unique piece of artwork and not just another photograph. By taking some time before your portrait session, you can guarantee that your final portrait is exactly what you wanted and planned for.

1. Schedule a pre-session consultation with Wayman Studio

Before you even schedule your portrait session, call or come in and chat with the staff at Wayman Studio. Tell them your needs, concerns, and what you expect for your final portrait. Background choices—whether indoors, in the gardens, or at your favorite location are a big factor on the final portrait.

2. Plan where final portraits will be displayed

Your precious family photographs can become treasured heirlooms and decorative accents when creatively displayed in your home. They reveal something about the character or the interests of your family. Knowing ahead of time where your portrait is to be displayed will set the design tone for the portrait and help in your selection of clothing and backgrounds. When planning an individual portrait or a collection of images to be hung together, consider whether the space lends itself better to a vertical or horizontal composition. For more information call 801-254-4374 to schedule a design consultation with Wayman Studio, either at the studio or in your home.

3. Plan what sizes your portraits should be

A simple way to know what sizes you need is using a tape measure. Measure your portrait display walls and write down the measurements. This will help make your final portrait decision easier as you design your portrait collection or wall portrait as a focal point in your décor. An appropriately sized portrait is one that fills the space in which it is hung, but does not appear to crowd the space.

4. Plan what to wear

For a more cohesive portrait, it is recommended to choose simple clothing within the same tonal or color ranges. The style and background chosen also should be considered in the portrait.

The more people in the portrait, the more important it is to be coordinated. Simple clothing in solid colors draws the eye to the faces of those in the portrait, not on the clothing. Your faces should be the star of the portrait, not the busy shirts or the one dark shirt in with the light shirts. Careful clothing selection makes the difference between a portrait that appears to be unrelated individuals and one in which every member of the family "belongs" to the group. In an outdoor setting, casual clothing complements portraits.

A few clothing guidelines:

Avoid exaggerated or overly trendy styles. They may look good today, but even in a few years your portrait will look outdated.

Long sleeves are essential for teens and adults as bare arms call attention to themselves and will overpower the face. Bare shoulders or tops with "spaghetti straps" often make the subject look heavier and take the eye away from the face.

Women being photographed in full length should wear long skirts or pants, and dark stockings with shorter skirts or dresses in order to keep the eye from being directed toward the legs and away from the face. Men should avoid wearing shorts.

Most likely your feet will show in the portrait, especially in family groups. Wear dark, simple shoes and dark stockings that will not detract from the portrait.

Darker clothing is slimming. Bold stripes, plaids, checks, and prints are visually confusing and do not photograph well. Bright colors, such as red and orange, will overwhelm the face and ruin a portrait.

For further information or for questions, call 801-254-4374 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.