Tips for looking your best in your pictures:
If you’re like me, you hate getting your pictures done. I am very critical of my image. Over the years of experience and study I found some tricks that works well with everyone. Here are some tips to save time and look great.
- We all have a bit of a waddle. It gets pronounced when we pull our heads back and chins down, like mom taught us as children. Then when you would suck your tongue up and in it shows the strain in your neck. To avoid all of this, just pull your ears forward. It may be slightly awkward but it’s worth it.
- Dress comfortably. This seems a bit of a no brainer, however you will catch yourself not properly dressing for the occasion. If you want to wear heels, bring flats as a back up. If the ground is soft you don’t want to aerate the grass. If your feet are pinching, or your pants make you squirm, or the really nice top is scratchy – try and find another option. If that isn’t a possibility and you really want/need photography in particular attire, consider a change of clothes for some more natural shots. Conversing with your photographer about wardrobe changes will allow your photographer to properly plan on the session and keep track of time.
- Consider the make-up you’re wearing and time of year. Quality make-up with an amazing primer will take you far for very little. To the men, summer time heat can make you shinier than a fresh wax on a bran-spanking new car. Consider just a primer with translucent powder to help with that shine. Everyone should also bring a cloth to blotch as needed. It makes it much easier on your photographers editing process.
- If your smile starts feeling fake your photographer may ask you to say a particular word or two that will help with that. My personal favorite is ‘stinky feet,’ instead of the traditional ‘cheese.’ It enables the giggles to start as most either thinks of a loved one that has them. Talking about your favorite foods or shows help you relax, allowing for your smile to relax too. Or if you start feeling it be too forced before your photographer notices, then try thinking about the people you love. For example; couples – think about when/how you met.
- Lastly, but most important, LISTEN to your photographer. They may ask you to do things that you’d normally find goofy, ‘uncool,’ or down right awkward positions. They’re asking to get the images you’ll love. Like any good relationship, communication is key.
So, I want to end this post with a question. What are your thoughts? What would you like to know about?