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Why do we have a dress code? Our approach to portraits at this level is to help you create an heirloom that will stand the test of time. Styles come and go. This will be the most elegant portrait that will become a legacy from generation to generation. There is flexibility in the dress code since ultimately this is your custom piece. These are more suggestions then rules but a classical, timeless look will never go out of style. 


We ask that you put some thought into your portrait so when we meet you and we capture your beautiful family, it exceeds your expectations. Our portraits render as paintings and our Artistry Finish is in fact, painted, so we are continuing the tradition of portrait artists for the last few hundred years in how we compose and produce your own portrait. 

With this in mind, look at some tips below and please contact us with any questions as we are here to help you!



Tuxedo, suit or dark jacket, dress shirt, tie and trousers. If you have gained or lost weight, consider getting the jacket altered so it fits well. Tight fitting clothing is a guaranteed way to look uncomfortable. A one-week-old haircut is perfect. Think timeless a white or blue shirt and your best tie rounds things out nicely.


Dark (black, navy, burgundy, dark green, etc.) dress or gown with sleeves (short or long sleeves). Little or no pattern is preferred.  Classic Jewelry such as diamonds, pearls, etc. are encouraged. Nails should be done in a french manicure or in natural colors.

That said, a red carpet look is very popular so think timeless and elegant and we can handle the rest. This is where you have control over how you will be remembered in 20, 40, or 100 years. Contact us with questions!


Dark or jewel toned solid dresses are preferred, but ivory or off white are also acceptable if they are 5 or under. Girls are usually preferred to have short or no sleeves. Nails should be done in a french manicure or in natural colors. Less is more regarding jewelry


Young men can dress the same as men, or a solid dark sweater. If under 5, a white shirt with bow tie is fine. 


Pets are people too! We love it when you want to include your pet so we only have a few rules. If your pet is well behaved and can handle the stimulation of the studio lights and meeting new people, fantastic. 

Have them groomed and bring treats and please be self-contained with all of their needs such as water bowls, grooming brushes, etc. 

We love service animals and they get our greatest respect.

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