Photography tips and tricks to help you look your best.
From school yearbooks to friends weddings, we have all been in front of a camera at some point of another in our lives and if you've recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post is for you. Crazy in the moment shots that are fully surprises are hard to manage but if you know that your going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results.
- Get to know your face. This applies to professional photography session as well as everyday candid snaps. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better. I like my head tilted just a little to the right every time
- Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you are having head-shots, family or maternity portraits taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don't overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuation one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both. I always vote for the eyes. They are the gateway into the soul.
- Facing the Camera. Your photographer will always help you when it comes to posing for portraits but in general you shouldn't be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.
- Controlling your chin. I know this sounds a little crazy but everyone wants to avoid a double chin in portraits. With your neck elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward it will lift your face and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.
- Pick your outfit carefully. This is the number one question I get. Put some thought into what you will wear to your session. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. Stay away from big logos and brands. I've had to Photoshop out some pretty big swooshes. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable. When you feel confident and comfortable it shows in your portraits.
- Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at but the right lighting can mean the difference between that "wow" factor and "ugh" disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face. No shadow mustaches please! This is something we will help you out with because we are experts so take our advice when we suggest a specific time for your session. If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 15-20 minutes before and after sunset or sunrise. Unless it's an overcast day we will always try to get you in full shade so that the lighting isn't dappled or causing weird shadows on your face.
As much as the above tips will help you during your photography session always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your portraits. Bring your sense of humor. You never know what crazy thing can happen mid shoot and being able to laugh it off will create some amazing moments. Have more questions? I am happy to answer, just click here to schedule a call with me.