3 Simple Steps for Taking a Good Picture:
Recently I have been asked for press photos.
Head shots mostly.
You know, charming little images used for showing people what you look like.
As any mother knows, we are generally the ones taking the pictures, not the people in them.
I have never been one of those moms who hires professional photographers. I like being the one behind the camera lens.
We have dozens of images of our three amazing daughters, who are, for the most part, happy to pose for us on any given occasion.
I even have a collection of flattering and somewhat humorous pictures of my husband.
But when it comes to me, nothing.
Our eldest daughter had to sneak up on me and take the two pictures you see on my website.
Which made me think.
How do you take a good photo?
I tapped into our vast archive of iPhoto pictures for a quick analysis and here is what I came up with.
1. When taking a full body picture– Jut one hip out, put your hands on your hips, and let a slight smile curve up the corners of your mouth.
Our girls have this down. Is this something they learned from watching Entertainment Tonight and red carpet photo ops?
It’s brilliant. First, you never look “wide” when you only give the camera a side angle and by simply half smiling no one sees all your wrinkles.
Plus, if you do this just right, your thighs look incredible!
2. Photoshop- Need I say more? I believe this word says it all.
This is only necessary however when you haven’t had enough sleep, have a break out, or in my case are trying to hide the damage that too many years in the sun without sunscreen and dark glasses did.
3. Try not to make ridiculous faces – This one is the most difficult for me.