If you’re like me, you feel way more comfortable behind the camera than out in front. It’s sad , but true. It’s ironic that, as a photographer, I find myself hiding behind the camera way too often – offering to take the group shots so that I don’t have to be in them. The end result, there are no photos of me! None with the kids. None with friends. None with family.

And it hit me. I have always loved looking back on photos of me as a child. And, I realized, if I don’t step out from behind the camera, my kids won’t have any shots of me to reminisce.

Every weekend, I photograph families and encourage mom {and dad} to get that family portrait. I love capturing the little, yet powerful moments between mom and the kids, how a husband looks at his wife, or the kids making faces at mom and dad. These are the moments where you can catch the kids’ perspective on their parents – their adoration, awe, and unconditional love.

ways to look better in photos

And while I encourage my clients to do this, I shrug it off and don’t do it myself.

Until now.

In light of Mother’s Day, I am stepping out from behind the camera and I am dragging you all out with me!

ways to look better in a photo

This week, we are going to really step out of our comfort zone and get in front of that camera. Let’s celebrate our own beauty! Whether you are taking a self-portrait with a self-timer or wireless remote or you ask someone else to take it for you or you use the front camera on your cell phone, I want to see you! Whether it’s during a Mother’s Day gathering tomorrow or just a random outing this week, grab your kids and snap a self portrait with them. If you don’t have kiddos, not to worry! Grab anyone special in your life and take a ‘selfie.’ You could even play around with being a solo subject. Trust me, you, your family, and your friends will thank you for it later!

You are all so beautiful both inside and out, but there are always a few things you can do to make sure you get a shot of your best self!

Get in the Picture – How to Look Your Best in Photos

Week 20 – 511-17

1. Work the angles. When having your photo taken {or when taking a self-portrait}, never take it looking up. This is what we call the “up the nose” shot. It’s never flattering. Instead, have your photo taken from above with and look slightly up. This will enhance the light in your eyes and smooth your neck, making it look longer.

ways to look better in a photo

2. Stand up tall. Posture is very important! Keep your back straight, shoulders back, and chest up and you will look alert and healthy. Slouchy and slumping can cause your clothes to wrinkle and make you look untidy. Make sure you keep your shoulders down and relaxed! 

3. Relax! When you are relaxed, it really comes through in your photo. If you are stiff and rigid, your picture will look forced and posed. You want to look natural!

4. Laugh! My favorite images to capture are when my subjects don’t know I’m snapping. Either when they are singing a silly song with their kids or when their significant other tells them a funny joke. Those laughs and smiles are natural and look a lot better than when you are looking at me saying “Cheese.”

ways to look better in a photo

5. Learn a few tricks. There are certain poses that you can do that will help you look thinner. And who doesn’t want that?! Twist your torso by turning one shoulder to the camera. This slight twist will make you look slender. Another trick is the slimming arm. By placing your arm on your hip, you can make your arms {and your waist} appear smaller.

ways to look better in photos

6. Have fun! No explanation needed.

Your challenge this week is to get in front of the camera. Whether you are alone, with a loved one, your kids, or your beloved pet, we want to see you! Make sure you share your photos on Facebook

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