Somehow we have this idea that we are born photogenic or we are not. That is wrong!
It used to be heart crushing when mums would come to me asking for photos of only the kids.
Being photogenic is a set of skills from both the model AND the photographer. A good photograph won't happen if neither the 2 parties do the work.
The photographer can take a beautiful photo by capturing a beautiful moment combined with good lighting, composition and photo-editing.
So as I photographer and as a mum who sometimes feels like crap, here are my top 7 secrets to being photogenic.
1. BE CONFIDENT
This is the most important tip. When you own who you are and what you look like, you become beautiful, even if you don't match "the standards'. This is probably the hardest one to achieve, but if you do the work (self love), you can achieve it.
2. WASH YOUR HAIR
Clean hair makes you look wonderful in photos. Dirty hair looks too shiny and greezy and because it sticks to each other, the hair doesn't frame yor face like it should. So yes, clean hair rocks.
3. DON'T BE SQUARE
Strike a pose, an assymetric one. If you stand square to the camera, you look stiff and I'm noone likes to look stiff in photos. So kick your hip to one side and put your elbows back. Practice this 10 times in front of a mirror and you will become a pro.
4. AVOID THE BIG ARM
Funny or not, the arm is one of the most hated body part. Even the most skkinny girl can have a big arm in photos. The secret is to no squash it and, instead separate your arm from your chest creating a triangle.
5. AVOID THE DOUBLE CHIN
Noone likes double chins. Again, this is something nearly everyone can have it in photos, depending on the way they have their heads. For example: if you hold your baby and try to smile at her looking in her eyes, It’s a garanteed double chin, just because your baby is too close to you. Luckily there is a way to fix it. Push your chin foward and slightly down. Easy! [For the baby photo: lift your baby up instead of looking down on her]
6. KNOW YOUR GOOD SIDE
Most people are assymetric and have a better side. For example, I have scoliosis since I was 13 years old. Although I had a surgery to correct my back when I was 15, my right hand shoulder blade is still more prominent than my left one, so I position myself accordinly If I have my photo taken.
FYI: SCOLIOSIS SYMPTOMS
• Shoulders are different heights
• One shoulder blade is more prominent than the other
• Head is not centered directly above the pelvis
• Appearance of a raised, prominent hip
• Rib cages are at different heights
• Uneven waist
• Leaning of entire body to one side
So yeah, I do feel and look a bit wonky. Haha, but who cares, right?! [ winky face here]
7. CHOOSE THE BEST LIGHT
Good light is essencial. Avoid harsh sun light. They make your harsh shadows on your face and It doesn't look the best. Look for even light in the shade, or outside in overcast days, for example.
8. [Bonus tip and the most important of all] BE HAPPY!
“Happiness look good you”.
Happy people look beautiful. Every. Time.
Hope this was helpful. If you have any suggestions I could add here on the blog, I would love your insight on the comments below.