Paying someone else to take photographs can get expensive, here are some tips for getting better pictures throughout the year and have more memorable shots.
To ensure your subject stands out, use a plain background, you want to make sure there isn’t something that will distract from your main subject (such as balloons or a light pole sprouting from the top of their head!). Don’t be afraid to use your flash outdoors, even in the sunshine. This will help correct harsh facial shadows that can occur in bright sunlight.
If you have a double chin, you can reduce the appearance by gently pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth and sticking your chin out just a tiny bit, elongating the neck. This reduces the appearance and makes you look younger. (Don’t take my word for it, try it in front of a mirror! Don’t forget to smile!)
Here are 6 Secrets for Great Photographs
Be Casual: Strike a casual Pose, allowing for a natural curve of the body, rather than a stiff pose.
Body Positioning: For a More flattering shot, turn your body away from the camera at an angle
While facing the camera, Tilt your head slightly, this softens the angles of your face. Direct on shots eliminates shadows- which can make your face appear wider, larger or even discolored. Direct eye contact is very engaging in a photo, be sure your subject is looking at you and you’re at their level. If you’re photographing kids, you may need to stoop to catch their gaze.
For a More Natural Look, Bend a Knee- This is an old red carpet trick, positioning the body at a 45 degree angle, with the arm closest to the camera at the hip. If the arm is flattened it makes the subject appear larger than she is.
Hand Placement can make big difference in the finished photo- avoid covering your facial features, you want to accent them- not hide them!
Loosen up a Bit, Drop one shoulder to create an angle
Following the above six simple steps can turn your casual snapshots into frame worthy photographs that you’ll appreciate for years to come.