Photo via Kelsey Erin Photography
Here's the thing. I'm not a model. Not even close. For many, many years I fancied myself an actress and I think that's probably what helps me with ease in front of the camera, but the good news is ERRYONE can take a great picture and this is my advice as to how.
1. Don't take yourself too seriously. This is the best advice that I can give. As soon as you start to think you have to be Gisele you are gonna look a hot mess… Comparing yourself to anyone, especially a supermodel, is not going to get you a pretty picture. Also, don't be to harsh on yourself. I get so sad when people are like "well, we can just airbrush that or photoshop this…" True, we love some well placed airbrushing, but come on, you want the pictures to look like you!!! So realize that out of 100 pictures there might only be 3 or 4 that are truly magical. 3-4 are really all you need.
2. Practice makes perfect. Okay, this sounds cray, but seriously, if you don't know your face and what looks normal or what looks forced, then you won't be able to get the most from your shoot. So take a page out of the Tyra Banks school of modeling and practice your smeyes… Yes, I said smeyes. To smile with your eyes. It's a great face to learn and practicing it will make you epically more comfy in the camera. You will feel ridiculous, but I refer back to point 1. Don't take yourself too seriously.
Photo via amPhotography
3. Have fun. Photo shoots are so much fun!! Documenting a point and time and your life is such a beautiful and important thing. People often comment on the amount of photos I have in my home and it's because I love being surrounded by memories and reminders of something or someone I love. Photo shoots are a blast, so go into the process with an open mind and expecting to have a good time. Being nervous or a negative Nancy is completely counterproductive. Also, don't drink. A sip of champagne or so, before a boudoir or couple shoot won't hurt, but as one of my fave photographer says, droopy eye looks good on no one.
4. Find a photographer that gets it. A great photographer makes all the difference in the world and I am beyond blessed to have some brilliant photography friends!!! There's a reason that those groupon photog pics turned out less then stellar and it might have something to do with the old adage "you get what you pay for." Not to say that all discount sites offer subpar work, but a true photographer is able to help guide you as much or as little as you need. They understand what's flattering and what's not. They are able to tell you move your head an inch to the right and bring your nose down a smidge and boom instant fabulousness.
photo via Krista Little Photography
5. Like your look. Make sure you like what your wearing. Feel confident in your look. If you are fidgety and feel uncomfortable then that is going to read all over your face. Now the only exception is boudoir. Ladies, you just might feel awkward at first, but if you are in something that makes you feel sexy, no matter how strange it feels in front of the camera, it might take a few shots, but worry not you look fierce. Also, if you follow the previous rules you are good to go.
So this was just meant to be a little encouragement for those who don't think they can take a great pic! Pish posh!! You absolutely can!! Note: I love every single photographer I posted, so if you are in San Diego, Virginia Beach, Minneapolis, or Chapel Hill one of these brilliant ladies is near by!!!
Photo via Tatum Kathleen Photography