From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post’s for you! If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results!
1. Get to Know Your Face. This applies to professional photoshoots as well as every day photos. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better. It can help to look at old photos and see what you like and didn't like!
2. Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having headshots, family or maternity photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both.
3. Facing the camera. Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for photos but in general you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos. (don't worry, I make sure you are always posed the best way!!)
4. Controlling your chin. Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward 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.
5. Pick your outfit carefully. Put some thought into what you’ll wear to your shoot. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.
6. Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that I am an expert at but the right lighting can mean the difference between that wow factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face. When we are choosing locations, I will also help you know what spot will be best for the best light! If shooting outdoors, the best light will be about a hour before sunset! If we are doing a session at a different time, we will always try to get you in full shade so that the lighting isn’t dappled or causing weird shadows on your face!
7. Let me know if you have something you are wanting covering more or accentuated! I can always keep that in mind as I pose you!
As much as the above tips will help you during your photoshoot, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos!