From selfies 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 is for you! If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are five simple ways to get better results.
- Get to Know Your Face. I know it seems silly, but if you want to take your pictures up a notch, get to know your face! Learn how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.
- Do not face the camera directly. Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for portraits, but in general you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for a better image.
- Control your chin. Images 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’re wearing. 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.
- Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at, but correct 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 (think of when you used to tell ghost stories with a flashlight directly under your chin – same scary effect – yikes!). If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 15-20 minutes before & after sunset. Unless it’s an overcast day, a professional will almost always photograph you in full shade so that the lighting soft and flattering.
As much as the above tips will help you anytime you’re in front of the camera, the most important is to relax and have fun!