2. Where will it appear? How are you using it? Who’s your audience? You need a portrait that appeals to them as well as you.
3. Wear a favorite outfit. Bring extras. If you think you look really good in it, then you will.
4. Know your likes and dislikes from previous portraits. Tell the photographer ahead of time or when you arrive at the studio. It avoids them inadvertently repeating something you dislike (they’re not psychic).
5. Think about what kind of style appeals to you–classic, assertive, casual, reserved, contemporary, enigmatic, classy, aloof, avant-garde, photojournalistic, rock ‘n’ roll album cover, demure, retro, attentive, pensive, mellow, inscrutable, distinguished, vibrant, sanguine, artsy, upbeat, forceful, sassy, and so forth. Phew!