6 Ways to Always Look Fantastic in Photos

Photography tips and tricks to help you look your best for any photo shoot.

From school yearbooks to friends’ wedding to family photos, 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.

1. Get to Know Your Face.

This applies to professional photo sessions 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.

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2. Easy on the makeup.

While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having headshots, family photos, or maternity photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage, but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose your favorite and best feature. For example, either your eyes or lips, but not both.

Stunning Darcy is the perfect example of picture perfect makeup. 

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3. 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 unless its a headshot. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.

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4. Controlling your chin.

Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward (I call it the funky chicken) will lift your face, prevent the dreaded double chin, and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.

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5. 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. Here is another blog to help you further with color schemes and so on: What to wear for your family photo shoot.

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6. Use lighting to your advantage.

This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at. 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 30-60 minutes before & after sunset (Golden Hour). 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 weird shadows on your face.

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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.

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