From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of the camera at some point or another. And if you or someone you know has recently looked at a photo with regrets then this post is for you. Here are six tips to get a better picture in the future!
- Get to Know Your Face: Whether it is a professional photoshoot or everyday photos, take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.
- Easy on the makeup: If you are having headshots, family, or maternity photos taken, use less makeup. You will 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. Remember less is more!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 your body and that you also feel comfortable.
- 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 because 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 15-20 minutes before & after sunset. 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 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.