Photography by Mike Gerberich | FAQ

For senior portraits:


A session lasts about 2 hours and is done outdoors at a location that is a reasonable driving distance from Carrollton.

Clothing Suggestions

  • Solid colors and long sleeves photograph well.  Avoid busy patterns.
  • Try not to wear flesh-tone or neutral colors such as beige, tan, pale peach, or gray, as these can make you look washed out.
  • Don’t wear outfits with words or designs or pictures, except possibly your school logo. You want your face, eyes and expression to command attention, not the words on your shirt.
  • Decide if you want to wear your glasses.
  • Some shots will be full length, so bring good socks/shoes/footwear.
  • Consider bringing letter jackets, sports equipment, or a musical instrument to express your interests, making your portraits personal.


For Girls

  • Wear your favorite outfit(s) that show your personality.  Perhaps one casual and one dressy.  Wear matching shoes and accessories to complete your outfit.  Choose suitable jewelry, accessories. And avoid sleeveless tops, which can make arms look big.
  • Clear or neutral colored nails work best.  Make sure they are clean and filed.  Removed chipped polish, it will show up.  Current trends include black, blue and neon - but don't use these - they won't look right 20 years from now.  And neon draws too much attention away from the rest of the photo.
  • When doing your hair, choose a comfortable style you know looks good.
  • Don't get a last minute haircut. Give your hair a week or so to grow out.
  • Apply makeup as you normally would, before you arrive.  Use concealer and powder if necessary to minimize blemishes. Retouching will be done to ensure you’ll look your best.  Avoid glitter or sparkly anything (powder, eye shadow, blush) – it tends to reflect the flash and leaves white spots. Also avoid too much lip gloss. It can also leave white spots.   And stay away from SPF products, which can make you look shiny.
  • Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session.  Burns and tan lines never photograph well.
  • Bring a hairbrush.


For Guys

  • Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session avoiding burns or tan lines .
  • Don't get a last minute haircut. Give your hair a week or so to grow out .
  • Shave before your session.
  • Bring a comb.





For general / family portraits:


  • A standard portrait session is about 2 hours.
  • Please let me know the following:
    • Will this be for an indivdual, small group, large group.
    • Have an idea about the largest print you might make
  • Outdoor pictures will usually be taken in the later part of the afternoon, or can be in the morning. (The few hours around Noon are the least desirable, but might be possible to do depending on the location.)





For sporting events:

  • I must have reasonable access to the action. Such as near the outer edges of a pool for a swimming event.
  • I am always careful not to disrupt the event or activities. Let me know what rules and guidelines you have ahead of time.