Its happened to all of us – well a lot of us. Okay…maybe it just happened to me and a few friends but regardless it is good advice! It was my junior prom. I had this beautiful sequined blue and gold dress (don’t ask it was in the early 90’s) and I wanted my makeup to just be stunning along with my hair. I took myself to a well-known make-up distributor (of which I will not name) and had their “free makeover” done with the purchase of a lipstick. I was sooo excited. She asked the color of my dress, looked at my strawberry blonde hair and fair complexion and went to work. I couldn’t wait to look in the mirror – and then I saw it. Bright blue eye shadow accented with blue eye liner. Bright pink lips and blush that looked like a clown had kissed me on both cheeks. I almost cried right there in the store! Now lucky for me…my prom wasn’t until a few nights from then – but if it hadn’t been, I would have walked in with a bag on my head!
The same could and does happen when you are about to get “those” pictures done. Whatever they are. You want to look GREAT and you think that someone else is the only one that can do that for you. You may be right – but you need to know that they are the “someone else” that you really want! If you want to have professional make-up done for your session then do it! It is so much fun and you feel like a movie star – but before you let them re-design your face – do a trial run before the shoot! Many photographers have make-up artists and stylists available – but it doesn’t mean they are good ones. Make sure you see some samples of their work on other people. If that isn’t available…then you really need to do a pre-shoot session!
Looking at your skin you notice it just isn’t “bright” enough, or there are too many crows feet. You decide to use this great new product the night before your shoot to ensure that your skin looks fabulous! The next morning, you wake up, wipe the sleep out of your eyes only to realize that your face now looks like one big zit! To avoid this – don’t use anything brand new that you have never tried before right before your photo shoot. That goes for skin products, hair products, self tanning products, etc. Start at least a week or two before – besides it usually takes that long for a product to really start working for you. Oh and be sure you have actually tried on the new clothes and shoes you bought…none of us like surprises there.
Well – this ends this Chapter of “Become Photogenic”…stay tuned for what not to wear and how a photographer reads your mind…
Let’s face it – not all of us are truly, naturally photogenic. And many of us who may actually be photogenic, don’t think we are – therefore we aren’t! Having pictures done whether it be family photos, business photos, or boudoir can be very stressful. You know what you want to see when it’s all said and done yet actually being confident enough so that the camera can actually capture that is the source of great worry and even fear! So in this series we are going to give you tips of how to be “more photogenic.” We don’t promise you will become a model – but it may help you “see yourself” in a whole different light!
The first step to having a great picture taken is to relax and have fun! Do you really think that practicing the your smile in the mirror is going to make you feel any more comfortable? Um..no. What we normally want to see is ourselves looking great, happy, natural! But if you have the “perfect smile” glued on your face – then it just that – a glued on smile! Oh, so you hate your smile? You hate your teeth? We get that. Yet people really love a natural happy smile. You don’t have to show your teeth but you do need to be genuine. Talk with your photographer about little things he can do to retouch the photo so that you are happy and it still looks like you. When I was young I had a very large gap in my top teeth. I would never smile with my teeth showing. I was so self-conscious. Yet my family loved my smile and didn’t understand why I had such a problem with it in pictures. So every picture that I knew was going to be taken – I had my “nice, don’t show my teeth” smile. But when I look back at the pictures I didn’t really “think” about I realize how beautiful and natural they were. I could kick myself for thinking otherwise. Just be yourself..
Do you like your photographer? Do you like your photographer’s assistant? Can you actually have a good conversation with the person that will be taking that “natural” photograph of you? Does your photographer scare you? Does he/she make you feel rushed? These are VERY important questions. How in the world are you going to stand there, be relaxed, feel beautiful and the person on the other side of the camera is someone who you can’t wait to get away from? They could be the BEST photographer in the world technically, but if she has no people skills then they just need to stick to trees or bugs. Technical skill is important but a true artist will know the “right moment” to snap the picture. He will have talked with you before the shoot to get to know you and what you are looking for. When you get to the shoot, you’ll feel comfortable and at ease. You’re kids will even like this photographer! Then you can develop a lifetime relationship with this photographer so that your pictures will only get better and better.
This is the first in our new series – Become Photogenic! Please leave your thoughts, ideas, and experiences here – we love a good story!!