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6 Ways to Look Fabulous in Every Photo

Whether you’re in front of a professional photographer or your 6 year old with an iPhone you do everything you can to look your best for that photo. Here are my favorite tips for looking great and loving yourself in all of your photos.

  • LOCATION & LIGHTING

    • Look for open spaces with lots of light. Great lighting will smooth out the wrinkles, and make you look younger.

    • Avoid busy backgrounds. YOU are the focus of the photograph.

    • I will take care of this for you at my photo sessions.

  • TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

    • Drink LOTS of water to stay hydrated. This will reduce bloating and make your skin glow.

    • Stay away from alcohol to avoid puffiness

    • Get lots and lots of beauty sleep.

  • POSING IS EVERYTHING

    • Good posture always looks best. Elongate your body and keep your back straight.

    • Move your chin out and down. Practice this in the mirror beforehand. It really works!

    • Keep your hands busy, but visible. Tuck them in a pocket or on your waist.

    • Keep a gap between your waist and your arms to make you look slimmer.

    • Turn your body about 45 degrees, and angle your face and eyes forward while pushing your hips back.

    • Avoid any stiffness. Shake out your arms and shoulders.

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  • WARDROBE

    • Wear clothes that you feel great in. Don’t wear anything you have to constantly adjust. If you can’t move around easily wearing it, choose something else.

    • Test out your outfits ahead of time. Look at yourself in all angles to make sure you like what you see.

  • HAIR AND MAKEUP

    • Getting your hair and make up done by a professional always makes you feel so much more confident and beautiful. It’s a great way to treat yourself.

    • If you do your own makeup make the colors a little bit bolder than you normally would.

    • Blow-outs are the best option for your hair to look great even when you’re moving around a lot.

    • Get your nails done to match your outfit.

  • FOCUS ON THE LOVE

    • If you forget everything mentioned above, this is the most important part of family photos. You are getting a family photo because you love your people more than anything. Focus on that, and love on them. Hug, kiss, snuggle, and get close to your partner and children. Make them the focus, and your insecurities will melt away.

    • Be sure to have a talk with your partner ahead of time. Talk to him about your need to have family photos, and ask him to focus on loving you through the photo shoot.

    • If your kids are acting up or not smiling perfectly, PLEASE DO NOT yell at them. This only makes for a cranky child, and even more cranky parents. Try to diffuse the situation by redirecting the child’s attention, making them laugh, or singing a song.


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Beginning Photography Class

Do you own your own DSLR, but you have never figured out what all those buttons and settings are? Would you like to take better pictures of your family, but you just don't have the patience to read a book? I have found this to be true of a lot of people who buy expensive cameras. They want to use them to their fullest potential, but it's too time consuming and overwhelming to figure it out on their own. I want everyone to have great pictures of their families, so I am teaching a beginning photography class on November 1st.

We will cover the basics about ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and lighting. We will go over what these all mean, but most importantly show you what the different settings look like in your photographs. We'll work with natural lighting inside and outside to mimic real life situations when you have your camera. This small group, hands-on class should help you gain some control over your camera and produce better photographs of your loved ones.

The class will be on November 8th from 1-3pm at my studio in Moorpark. You can sign up for it HERE. If you have any questions don't hesitate to give me a call at (805) 910-7426. Because this is a hands-on class and I want to help all of you the spaces are very limited. Don't take too long to sign up.

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