In the age of selfies and filters, it’s easy to take your perfect picture. When someone else takes your picture, it’s a whole different story.
I had the idea for this blog at a Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Women In Business networking meeting, which is where I met Amy McDermott of Heart and Soul Portraits. Amy was the photographer of our meeting and asked me to be in a shot.
Right before snapping the pic, she said, “Wendy, stick your nose out.”
I only had a second or two to figure out what that meant, and I found myself wiggling my nose like I was about to sneeze. Amy helped me (without laughing at me) and said, “Push your face out.” OOHHH Oh oh I got it, so no double chin action!
And it dawned on me that I should ask Amy to be a guest blogger with some basic and must-know tips on how to look great in photos that aren’t selfies!
Amy is the owner and photographer of Heart and Soul Portraits for over 17 years. Heart and Soul Portraits specializes in family/newborn portrait sessions, corporate events, professional head shots, and engagement photos. After taking that many pictures, she has some easy and helpful tips for you to look your best in photos. Read on, aspiring models!
Amy McDermott, Owner, Heart and Soul Portraits
I am happy to share with you some of my suggestions for taking your best photograph.
Most importantly, if you are hiring a photographer you must choose a one you love. You need to really “get” his or her personality and vice versa. An experienced, professional photographer can bring out your best and the person you hire should be able to get you to relax and laugh easily. A natural smile is always better than a fake one.
It is best to have an engagement photo session with your photographer to be sure you love his/her style before the big day. This helps build your relationship with the photographer which is incredibly important because you will be spending your big day with that person.
To make sure you get those must-have photos, have a trusted guest as a contact person at your wedding for your photographer. That person can point out key people in your family that you want included.
And now: How To Look Your Best
- Eyes always closed in photos? Close your eyes right before the picture is taken. Ask the photographer to count 1.2.3 and then open your eyes on 3. Don’t forget to smile!
- The dreaded double chin. To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck up and push your face forward a bit (or “stick your nose out”).
- Remember the song Walk Like An Egyptian? Ever see that dance? That’s the way you do it. Will it feel awkward? Yep. Will is look great? Absolutely! Practice this in the mirror to see how to make it work best for you.
- Want a slimmer pose? How you stand can do wonders. Put your hand on your hip and angle your body to the side, and turn your head towards the camera. It may be cliché, but it really does help you look slimmer.
- The arms. Putting your hand on your hip keeps your arm from pressing against your body and widening out. If you don’t want to put your hand on your hip, then keep a little “air in your armpit” so it isn’t pressing against your body. Keep your arm just enough off of your body that there is a small gap of air in your armpit.
- It can be helpful to have your photographer stand above you on a step stool. The higher elevation will instantly slim your face and be very flattering.
- What not to wear. Steer away from the loud patterns/bold prints and stripes. They can make you appear larger. Instead, choose clothes in simple tones. For your engagement session, make sure you both stay in the same color families.
We hope you remember these when someone has a camera on you, and I personally hope you remember to “stick your nose out”. And after the wedding, should any mini-yous arrive, give Amy a call for a family session at 215-356-7408 or visit her website.
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