Peter is a leading portrait specialists who will create some beautiful images for you and with our relaxed informal style you are assured of a highly enjoyable experience.
The golden rule is to keep it simple. Avoid strong patterns; soft pastel colours are always good. Remember not to use more than three predominant colours. It is also important that the style is consistent so do not mix evening wear and day wear or very smart with very casual.
Decide on a theme and stick to it. Denim looks good in casual portraits. White clothing can look very effective but remember darkest tones are always more flattering for the more weight conscious amongst us! For the more casual poses on the white background you will be asked to remove your shoes so check your socks.
Avoid tight fitting or uncomfortable outfits, choose something that you like yourself in and that your family and friends have told you that you look nice in. Remember to check how it looks when you are both standing and seated. Long sleeve dresses or blouses are ideal. For best results make-up should be applied as for the evening but keeping the foundation as a matt finish and remember that darker stockings or tights look better than paler ones. For the casual poses with bare feet check your toe nail polish for chips
A suit and tie with a light colour shirt will do nicely for formal portraits. Long sleeves are much better than short sleeves. For a more casual style jeans and plain T shirts work well, either go bare foot or dark socks avoid white socks.
Please on no account should you warn your children to behave themselves either before or during the sitting. This only puts them under added pressure and precludes us from capturing their true personality. We are expert in encouraging children to enjoy themselves, do not practice smiles or say "cheese" etc. Real smiles are always more acceptable and easily achieved.
Should anyone in your family be particularly worried about any aspect of the sitting, please let us know in private either before or at the sitting. There are many techniques we can use to ease or indeed eliminate various problems.