Recently, someone wrote to me asking for suggestions for some tips to get some great photos for herself. Flattered by the inquiry and always ready to help, I stared at my screen. I started to type, stopped, deleted and just came up blank. What do I know about taking great pictures? Truly, I had to admit I didn’t know very much. And so began the process of this post.
I reached out to my friend Melisa of Glamourazzi Photography for help. If I knew someone who could tell a lady how to look good in a photo, it was her! A few weeks later I found myself in her studio hamming it up for her camera and I have to say, I learned a lot! Here were my biggest take-aways:
Tempting though it might be to glam up and pour on the sex appeal, that’s not who I am. If that’s you, then awesome! Revel is your goddess like sex appeal. Me? I’m casual and silly and laugh a lot. When I look at all the photos she took, those are the ones I liked best.
|For a loooooong time I hated my too-big smile. Now, I know it’s just part of who I am.|
No Camera Angle Will Turn You Skinny
I’m fat. The secret is out! So why would I think a photographer’s “magic camera” would make me look otherwise? And even if it could, it wouldn’t be a picture of “me”.
|Rather than trying to hide and give a “take the damn picture I hate this” face (left), try to relax and just be you (right)|
Enhance Those Curves
Turns out, standing straight on at the camera looking uncomfotable isn’t cute. Who knew?!? A little shift to a slight profile. a shoulder drop and relaxing the body does wonders!
You can’t disappear, spread your wings!
As we were working (okay, we were playing) I found that I kept putting my arms behind my back, raising up my shoulders and sometimes actually trying to drop to the ground in a ball (playfully of course). When I thought about it, it occurred to me that maybe I was (on some level) trying to make myself appear smaller. Now, I am a confident woman who embraces her body, but I have also had the very same struggles many of you have had about being in front of a camera. Okay this isn’t a tip, but it was a heck of an “a-ha” moment for me.
|(far left) Hair up, arms hidden and details missed (middle) What went wrong? (right) Tousled hair, I have arms and my necklace is fixed! So pretty!|
Ladies, this isn’t 1905 when taking a photograph was a somber event. We have the luxury of all this amazing technology that gives us the ability to capture our most joyous moments and most authentic selves. Once we turned on some music, took a few really, really bad shots (on purpose) and I felt trust for the woman with the camera magic began to happen.
|Yeah. I did this. On purpose. Because, after this, how much worse could it possibly get?|
Find Your Signature Pose
Many of us have that go-to pose that we feel our prettiest/best in. I haven’t found mine yet, so I channelled four of my favorite bloggers to try what works so very well for them.
|I love how Marie (The Curvy Fashionista) often seems to be in the most remarkably beautiful stretching posture.|
|<img alt="An Homage to 3 of my faves ❤ Ragini, Nicolette and Marcy" border="0" height="482" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oyO1ZP8mA_o/Ui9ojm-EjHI/AAAAAAAABH0/QTF1IXUhX90/s640/3bloggers.jpg" title="An Homage to 3 of my faves|
|Trying to emulate three of my faves! (left to right)Doing my best Ragini far off stare, Nicolette’s shy violet pose and Marcy’s fun and flirty feel.|
Things to Avoid:
|(clockwise) 1) It’s not a mugshot! 2) Everyone knows you have boobs, you don’t have to be so obvious, 3) Lipstick on the teeth (or other missed details) can ruin a great shot, 4) Duckface is just stupid!|
|(clockwise) 1) SMILE!!!, 2) Show of your curves without blatant groping, 3) quick mirror check and you’re good to go, 4) You can look sultry/sexy without channelling Donald/Daffy/(insert duck name of your choice here)|
A Note From the Photographer
Earrings/Necklace: Betsy Johnson