One of the biggest questions that I receive as a photographer is “how do I look my best in the photos?” There are a few tips that I offer to clients – some things that you can practice on your own to help with your selfies and some things that your photographer will take care of for you. Today I wanted to share a few of those tips.
Here are some photography tips and tricks to help you look your best.
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.
- 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. Here’s a small simple trick that works most of the time – the side on which you part your hair is usually the one you favor. Try snapping a few photos of each side and see if that applies to you.
- Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having headshots, family, maternity or newborn photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. Stick to a more natural look and accentuate your best features. If you have a photoshoot coming up that you want professional make up done, make sure you’re not trying someone new or going for a brand new look. If you’re working with a photographer, reach out and see if they are already partnered with someone they know well and trust.
- 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. For studio photography such as a maternity shoot or newborn photos, your photographer will work with you to make sure that your body is faced in a way where the light and angles will bring out your best features while muting others.
- 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. Be careful not to tilt your head up too high.
- 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. Click here for a great post on what to wear to your photoshoot.
- 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 disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face. This is something we will help you out with because we are experts so take our advice when we suggest a specific time for photos. If shooting outdoors, the best light will be about 1 hour before sunset. Unless it’s an overcast day, we will always try to get you in full shade or face your away from the sun 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 professional photoshoot, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos.
Catherine King is a Family, Maternity and Newborn photographer on the CT Shoreline with a studio in Madison CT. If you are looking for a photographer who is down to earth, flexible, and will work with you to create a one-of-a-king session, you’ve come to the right place. Each session is customized with you in mind – we’ll work toward selecting a perfect location, consulting on outfits, and preparing you and your family to have the most successful session. That will allow us to capture this moment in your life and create a tangible keepsake for you to treasure for years to come.
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