Portrait Preparation Guide

A little bit of help

Everyone likes a bit of help, especially when it is free.  My portrait preparation guide will take you through the key steps to make you ready for your portrait session.  It will help you look your best, so we can get those killer shots of you.  There is a short excerpt in italics below, but if you click on the cover image you can read it onscreen or download to look at later.


A good portrait offers a glimpse into who you are and what you do.  It is a visual connection that evokes memories for your family and friends.  Everyone wants to be remembered and there’s no better way than having a professionally produced portrait to create or revive special moments.  There are many factors that go into headshot portrait, from posing and lighting to angles and editing, and that’s why it’s important to make the investment in a professional if you want the absolute best results.  Good images are important and you deserve them. 

Characteristics of a great portrait

You have your look, you have chosen your photographer, and you have booked your photo session.  Now what?  How do you ensure that your portraits reflect the vibes you want, are of high quality  and will help you stand out?  These are five characteristics of a great portrait.  If you stick to these simple rules, you will leave your session with  portraits you love.

1.  Your looks.  The goal of portraits is to show who you want to be.  The best way to do this is to decide on the looks you want to portray and go for it.  Nothing is off limits.

2.  Confidence and approachability.  Visibly showing off your personality in your portraits demonstrates self-confidence, and that will be seen in the images.

3.  Smile with your teeth, and your eyes.  This goes without saying, but real smiles radiate a genuine vibe that will attract your audience.

4.  Glamour over personality.  Make sure your portraits look like you want them to.  Experiment with make-up, hair or clothing before the session then reproduce those looks.  Just be unapologetically what you want to be!

5.  Conservative through to wild colours.  Get the looks you want by using colours.

There’s more in the guide

Click on the cover image to take a look, or download it for later.  The best bit is it’s totally free.  You can’t get better than that.