What Should I Wear for my Portrait Session?

We get asked this question often so I thought I would take a minute and give you a few hints to help you look your best for your photographs.  For family and individual portrait sessions try to find outfits that you are comfortable in, if you are comfortable you will feel more relaxed during the session this will result in better photographs.

Remember to choose your clothing that reflects the location and the season you have chosen.

For families, co-ordinating colours and out fits work well.  Try and avoid wearing all the same colour or matching everyone’s outfit. A peek at our Pinterest Board “What to Wear – Ideas for Sessions” will help.

Here are a few other tips:

  • Wear pants that hang long.  It will make you look taller and more slender.  Your pants will also look better if they start at your hip line.
  • Avoid shorts and capris pants; these make you look much shorter than you are.
  • No prints or patterns.  The prints and patterns that are considered very stylish today may be out of style in 6 months from now. By wearing solid colours you are less likely to look back on your      photos and say “Why did I wear that?”
  • Avoid clothes with logos and/or writing.
  • Blouses that end at the hip; this give a nice definition to your shape.
  • Men may tuck in their shirts, but women should avoid blouses and shirts that tuck in.
  • Wear tightly woven garments.  Sweaters and other loose knit fabrics will become see-through in      flash lighting, which will show your under garments.  This does not make for a flattering      photograph.
  • Avoid dresses and blouses with high waist lines like the Empire style or tops and dresses with belts or gathers as they flair out.
  • Dresses should be a straight cut without a defined waistline this will give you a slimmer look.
  • Try and avoid white, it can make your skin look pale and washed out.
  • Have a look on our Special Treasures Pinterest Board for a few ideas.  We have an entire board with lots of ideas for the entire family. Click Here.

If you still have questions feel free to contact us: specialtreasuresphotography@gmail.com

A Winter Family Session in Ottawa Valley

I love family sessions!  I love the challenge of capturing kids.  Kids are busy little people, who often don’t want to just sit and smile, the younger they are the more of a challenge they are, but I love it.  Kids are fun, and the truth is I get to act silly for a couple of hours making funny faces and telling silly jokes or stories to get their attention.  Getting adorable shots makes it all worth while.  A special thanks to A & P and the entire L family, we had fun with both of you and your children are just adorable!

EW Couture November 2010 Free Download file


Ottawa Radio Station steals a Local Photographer’s Image

(The image above was copied from http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/03/06/online-image-copyright?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter post of the story)

I have been watching this story for a couple of days now, and wanted to share it as well.  Hot 89.9 in Ottawa, Ontario, is running a wedding contest…I think it was called “Get Me to the Alter”.  To find promotional material they looked on google images, and found an image by local photographer Barbara Ann and used it. Without permission.  You can read the full story below as it has appeared on several blogs.  It would be expected that a large radio station that deals with the use of copyrighted music all day would not have taken a photographer’s image without permission.

The Phototips blog ran this story:


PetaPixel blog posted this:


And a tumblr site called Photo Stealers dedicating to outing photographers for stealing images and using them as their own even posted about the story.


Here are a few more places to read the story.





CARFAC is the national association of professional visual and media artists. they have shared it on their facebook page as well.