How to look your best in pictures
As a professional photographer serving the Los Angeles and Northern Virginia/Washington DC area, I hear a lot of clients dreading taking an updated family portrait because of the fear of how they will look. However, it's nothing to be scared or fearful to do. At some point in life, we all go through some sort of hesitance of getting in front of the camera. Unfortunately, we live in a time when cameras are found everywhere; including our phones. With a few pointers, the next time a camera is seen will not need to find the nearest exit or escape the area!
Do you know which side of your face is your favorite?
Which side or angle of your face do you like better? Knowing which side of your face is your favorite helps tremendously! Whether it's for everyday pictures or your Professional Family Portraits, you'll want to be photographed where you're comfortable. I even spend time in front of the mirror practicing my smile. I want my smile to look nice yet natural.
Facing the camera
As a photographer I will help you with it comes to posing for your family portraits, however in general you shouldn't be facing the camera head on (especially women). Positioning your body at an angle helps us to capture beautiful portraits.
Dreaded Double Chin
If you elongate your neck (standing or sitting straight up) it will help reduce the look of the double chin. Also pushing your chin slightly forward will also give a more angular look. Practicing this technique will help.
Using Light Appropriately
As a professional photographer, I'm an expect at positioning in the correct location to obtain the best light. Proper lighting can mean the difference between a wow portrait or a disappointing picture. I will avoid placing my clients in direct sunlight because this will create harsh shadows on the face. Harsh shadows are something professional photographer like to avoid at all cost. We love even lighting and that's why we like to suggest a specific time to capture family portraits. If you're having your family portraits taken outside, the best light will be 15 to 20 minutes before or after sunset; unless, it's an overcast day. Otherwise, professional photographers will always try to place their clients in full shade, so the lighting isn't dappled or causing weird shadows.
If you're having family or maternity portraits taken, go easy on the makeup. Basic coverage is something that's needed, but not as if it's an evening out on the town. Accentuate the part of your face you love most...i.e. eyes, or lips; but not both.
Would you like to have a portrait session where you feel comfortable and your family's personality shines through in the portraits, don't hesitate to give me a call at (213) 212-2251 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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