How to Prepare for Your Portrait Sitting

Women

Get plenty of rest the night before. Puffy and droopy eyes from lack of sleep will affect your appearance.

Avoid new hairstyles, perms or cuts one week prior to your sitting. Come in with a style you feel comfortable with.

Choose a hair style that does not allow your hair to fall across your face. These styles create shadows on your face that are distracting and can make you look older.

Use a slightly heavier makeup than you would normally use. Avoid using too much makeup because it will make you look pasty. You want to try to highlight your eyes because they are the focal point of a great portrait. 

During the Yearbook Season portraits are taken in the official black University of California Caps and Gowns along with the UCLA/Bruin Sash and UCLA medallion.

We suggest that women wear a top with a rounded collar or a tank top. This will prevent your shirt from being seen above the neck line of the gown.

It you don’t have a rounded collar shirt suitable for this session, wear a dark colored top that will blend in with the black UC gown. 

Men

Get plenty of rest the night before. Puffy and droopy eyes from lack of sleep will affect your appearance.

Avoid new hairstyles, perms or cuts one week prior to your sitting. Come in with a style you feel comfortable with.

Choose a hair style that does not allow your hair to fall across your face. These styles create shadows on your face that are distracting and can make you look older.

A clean shave is a must. Razor stubble or a bad shave is impossible to correct even with digital retouching. If you have a beard make sure it is neatly combed and trimmed. 

During the Yearbook Season portraits are taken in the official black University of California Caps and Gowns along with the UCLA/Bruin Sash and UCLA medallion.

A shirt and tie is the standard dress for a formal portrait of a man.

The color of the shirt and tie is your choice. Avoid colors that clash with each other.

The neck size of the shirt is important. A shirt with a tight neck will create a choked appearance and a shirt too large will lower the location of your tie and give a sloppy look.

Make sure your shirt is neatly pressed to avoid wrinkles. The studio does not provide shirts for your use.

The Day of Your Sitting

Appointments can be made in advance by booking an appointment thru our calendar.

Each portrait session is 15 minutes long. You will spend the first 2-3 minutes putting on the gown and the remainder of the time having your photos taken.

The photographer will take a total of 9 poses (Left, Center, Right).

There are 3 sets of photos: 1. Gown only 2. Gown and cap and 3. Gown, cap and sash

 

IMPORTANT:

It is important to know that we advise people to come in 5-10 minutes early to avoid rushing to your appointment. Especially during spring quarter when temperatures outside are high.

If you are receiving an award from a department, organization or have a sash, ribbon or medallion you would like to wear in your portraits please bring them with you and let the photographer know.

The studio only provides the UCLA crest Medallion and college/latin honors cord.

It is very important that you be on time for your appointment. Anyone 3 minutes or more late by the studio’s clock will have their appointment canceled and will need to reschedule for a later time and date and pay a new sitting fee.

Eye glass glare or the reflection caused by the lenses in eye glasses in a portrait is extremely difficult and expensive to remove.

If you choose to wear your glasses in your portrait session we strongly suggest that you remove the lenses from the frame before your portrait session. The studio will make adjustments in our lighting system to prevent this type of problem.

However, should this problem occur the studio will take no responsibility for the cost of retouching to correct the glare.

 

The sitting fee for BruinLife Studio is $15.. This includes 9 poses that use the studio’s caps and gowns.

RETAKE FEE: The retake fee is $10.00. Appointments are required and to better understand your desires, please bring the previews from your first sitting.