Have you ever been in a picture taking mood and end up taking literally 70 pictures and still aren’t obsessed with the “perfect” selfie….. Or even try to take a picture of your minis and it just comes out horrendous! LOL! I can completely relate, it happens to me EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! As a Photographer my job is to make people look amazzzzzzing & the picture even better! Which can sometimes be a challenge. Here are a few key tips i put together to help your, “inner Momtog.”
1. White is your friend!
Honestly it might not be your toddlers friend, but its definitely yours mama! White is an AMAZAING reflector. It instantly softens and illuminates the skin. If you’re on a white sand beach and take a selfie, and compare it to your selfie off the white sand.. you can definitely see the difference. Even if you have white concrete on your driveway, or you’re able to snap a shot next to a white building face the area thats white and watch the simple reflector work its magic!!
2. Look skinnier
Who out there reading this is like me? Definitely not supermodel skinny, but definitely not completely overweight. You can just tell i don’t pass up a piece of cake or a round of Margaritas and tacos! LOL Whats even worse is a bad angle adding 20 pounds to my body. Whoa. Total confidence breaker. Take your angle higher. Not crazy high where you can tell you’re looking up at a 7ft person taking the picture, just move the camera up a few inches and a slight angle off to the left or right; depending on where your “good side” is.
3. Clean Background
This is almost necessary for any and every picture. Y’all, please be aware of whats going on behind you if you aren’t home. Theres nothing worse than having to go home after a great session and clone stamping everything. (Adobe Photoshop Tool) Trash, clutter, or almost anything can really ruin a picture especially if you aren’t a photographer and don’t have access to Photoshop. My favorite selfie to take are in front of pretty buildings or landscapes.
When i was a kiddo my best friend Hillarie and i use to watch Tyra Banks TV Series, Americas Next Top Model, which is where we got the phrase from. Hillarie became obsessed with, “Smize, ” and she quotes to this day! LOL. I don’t remember exactly what her specific words were, but i know for sure it means smile with your eyes! Sometimes a smile can be too much, and when Im in a photoshoot, the same smile over and over can kill the session. Its like basically giving all your pictures the same look. Spice it up, add some sass, throw a hip, smize!
5. Natural lighting
NATURAL LIGHTING IS THE BEST! NATURAL LIGHTING IS YOUR FRIEND! Most of my selfies are taken outside because the sun instantly & naturally brightens my picture. If you’re in a situation where the sun is too harsh, face your shadow. If it’s a little over cast, face the sun. Oh! Remember to always find a natural shadow from a building or a tree and stand in it, if you stand near it there’s a chance you’ll have leaf shadows across your face or even a strait line.
These are just 5 tips i use during every session, and im almost 100% sure they’ll work for you too! Give these tips a try and share your results below with me!
Thanks for reading. 🙂