J. Elizabeth Portraiture | Dress Code

 Family Portrait Dress Code


In order to give you the most successful experience, we ask that you follow this dress code in order to make your portrait the highest and finest quality artwork for you to display in your home. So we may continue with tradition, please come dressed in the suggestions below. 


  • Always choose outfits that are classic, sharp and timeless. Pick something that you will want to look back on in 20 years
  • Stay away from prints, logos, bold patterns or sequins
  • Strictly, no jeans or casual attire
  • Stay away from wardrobe that is too form fitting or revealing
  • Layers and textures work well
  • Color coordination lends harmony of your family to your portrait
  • Choose a color theme that simplifies the look of your family portrait. Too many busy patterns and colors are especially distracting in group portraits. To create a unified look, select a color theme that blends well. While all the clothing does not have to match, the colors should be harmonious. Coordinate the clothing for all subjects in a group portrait so that one person will not dominate the scene. A family group should choose clothing that blends with each member’s attire rather than creating conflicting focal points that distract from the group as a whole
  • For colors, we encourage dark grays, black, navy blue, copper, teal, mauve, burgundy, dark purple, cream and dark green
  • Everyone should be dressed in the same color tones... medium colored tones or dark colored tones
  • Carefully consider your appeal from head to toe, as a variety of full length and close up poses may be photographed
  • Men: Suit or tuxedo with a nice white button down, collared shirt with a long tie or bow tie. Vests under a jacket can work, as well. No shorts, jeans or khakis. Solid colored button down, long sleeve shirt and black slacks are fine
  • Ladies: Long dresses or gowns with heels will work perfectly. Elegant and classic jewelry such as pearls and diamonds are encouraged but nothing too busy. Pants, knee length dresses and skirts with a nice solid colored blouse are fine. As with the men, we ask that you do not wear jeans, khakis or shorts


Tips on Your Style

  • Go with colors that coordinate with all other family members but try not to overdo it
  • Make sure your clothes are pressed and wrinkle free
  • Try to stay away from light bottoms with dark tops
  • Keep your hair color the way it is normally, for your portrait
  • Wear clean shoes
  • If you plan on getting a haircut, please do so 1 week prior to your session. This will give your hair time to grow in a bit
  • If you wear glasses, we recommend removable lenses so that it doesn't create glare however, not imperative 
  • Please make sure your nails are trimmed and clean
  • Ladies: Please keep your makeup natural and timeless. Go a little heavier than everyday but don't overdo it
  • Ladies: Make sure your nails are trimmed and evenly painted. Clear nail polish works great, as well
  • Ladies: Have your hair styled before the session
  • Consider the wall space where your portrait will be displayed


If you are unsure of a particular outfit or have any other questions, please don't hesitate to call