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Lloyd Meurer Portrait Studio
10220 River Road Suite 4      Potomac, Maryland   20854
phone: 301-299-4334
Two Easy Steps Toward A Successful Portrait

1. Good Mood
When you look at your portrait down through the years you will always remember how you felt when it was taken. It is for this reason that we urge you to make sure everyone is well-rested and well-fed prior to coming in to the studio on the day of the portrait.

We have found that good expressions are best achieved when there are as few people as possible in the camera room. If we need help with small children or special problems, we will enlist your assistance. Otherwise we ask that everyone remain in the waiting room when not being photographed.

2. Coordinated Clothing

Because the faces are the most important part of a portrait, we strongly advise that you select clothing which is coordinated. That means, simply, that everyone's outfits should go together in a harmonious fashion.

To make this easy, we suggest that you lay all of the clothes out together at home and see how they look. If anything doesn't seem to "go" or draws your attention then select something else from the closet or at the department store. It will be well worth the effort when you see how much it improves the portrait.

Examples:
It would normally be undesirable to have all dark clothing on everybody but a light outfit on one person. The light clothing would tend to stand out and draw the attention from the other members of the family. Similarly, a white belt or white socks on a person dressed in darks will draw the attention from the faces.

If everyone is dressed in light colors, you would want to avoid dark shoes, socks, etc. because they would stand out like the a "sore thumb," drawing attention away from the faces.

Solids tend to be better than patterns to accomplish this goal. Or try to stay with subdued patterns.

Additional tips:

Wear solid colored clothing
Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued
Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light)
Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow
Long pants or dresses on all persons to cover the legs as much as possible
Keep jewelry simple
Hair carefully brushed and sprayed to keep it off the face and out of the eyes
Dark outfits - black and dark denim work really well. (grays, deep purple, and navy as well)
Light outfits work well when the contrast stays between white and medium gray. (pastels in blue, green, yellow and pink light denim and khaki)

That's it!
Good Mood, Color and Contrast Coordinated Clothing.
If you will help with these two simple things, we guarantee that we will take care of everything else and create a wonderful portrait for you.
Our best portraits are collaborations. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
--Gary d. Lloyd