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Professional Portrait Photographer Serving Upstate NY's Capital Region

Joan Heffler Photography is a full-service professional photography studio specializing in portraits, special events, corporate events and weddings throughout Albany NY’s Capital Region and beyond.

I want your photography experience to be the most pleasant you will ever have. My photography is “painless,” and I believe you will enjoy the time we spend together.

What to wear? How you feel about how you look can make a difference, so I want you to feel great! Bring the clothes that do that for you and when worn, your colleagues tell you how great you look. We will be focusing on our face, not your body.

  1. Men look great in a light blue shirt and blue suit (please no white shirt and no black suit). If you want to convey power, wear a tie with red in it. (Patterned ties are OK). Ties with yellow and plum/lilac are in now so consider those as well.
  2. Women think they look thinner and best in black or white but in digital, black and white wash you out. Please–NO Black and No White!  Women with dark hair and mediterranean skin look terrific in primary colors (winter colors), maroons, greens, blues and cherry reds. If you are light skinned, pastels are best – light green, lilac, pink, light blues.  Talk to me if you want a consultation on what to bring.
  3. Choose a color that you know compliments your skin tones. If you’re not sure, think of the clothes you wear that you receive compliments on. Usually, you look good in them because their color brings out your eye color and best facial tones.
  4. For women, do not bring large dangly earrings or large hoops unless that is the look you want to portray to the public.
  5. Long sleeves are best but open necks are a no-no! Too much contrast between skin and clothing is not OK. Try to avoid V necks. Checks, large stripes, herringbone, little checks and loud patterns are a no-no as well! In general, bring at least two sets of changes.

If you are still not sure, please feel free to call me at (518) 346 – 4485 or email me at joan@joanheffler.com. I am here to help you in all ways. Most often if you have light skin and light hair, complimentary colors are light blues and dark blues, lilac and plum, maroons, light greens and dark greens (red is powerful so be careful). Browns and warm colors are excellent with light and dark brown hair. With jet black hair, think winter colors with brilliancy. 


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Kind Words

Kind Words

Joan made the photo shoot both comfortable and enjoyable. She gave clear directions about how to be prepared for it. During the shoot, which included many photos of many types, her suggestions for how to pose comfortably made the photos so much more effective. Our son gave us this photo shoot as a gift for helping he and his prepare for their wedding. We were delighted but inexperienced with posing for photos. Joan made this a pleasure and so easy to do. We will enjoy these photos so much.

Joanna Kabat