Well, not quite yet but I’m getting there!
As lifestyle bloggers, photos are a requirement. We post OOTDs, makeup tutorials and our everyday activities. The difficult part is that a lot of us don’t have modeling experience. We’re regular people, doing regular things so getting comfortable with having our picture taken can be a struggle. Luckily, I have an amazing photographer, who just so happens to be my husband, to direct me through the beginning stages of my relationship with the camera.
We shot this past weekend for a little practice and he gave me a few tips that I want to share with my fellow bloggers and Instagrammers. Hopefully they will be as helpful to you as they are to me. 🙂
1. Look Away
I’m not sure if you guys run into this issue but I’m a smiler. I’m not comfortable with serious, seductive looks so I literally just stare awkwardly into the lens with a huge, cheesy smile. That definitely gets old and starts to look unnatural after a few shots. My husband instructed me to turn my head to shake things up a bit. It also takes away a lot of the pressure since you’re not face-to-face with the camera. The focus is less on you and more on your outfit or your actions.
2. Keep Your Hands Occupied
To avoid a boring picture with your hands dangling to your sides, do something with them. Place one on your hip, put them in your pocket, hold onto your belt loops or play with your hair. Use props like a coffee cup, bouquet of flowers or a camera. Any prop would work as long as it’s relevant to the content you’re posting and the environment that you’re in. This method gives the image a more organic look and adds a little spice to it without having to actually “pose”.
3. Lean On Something
Try resting on a wall, a car or a railing. Leaning naturally relaxes your body and allows you to take a breather. I’m not sure why but I tend to hold my breath during photoshoots because I’m nervous. Don’t do that! Inhale, exhale and loosen up. I cannot stress enough that the more natural you look, the better.
4. Exaggerate Movements
On the contrary to the last tip, sometimes photos require a little drama! Pop that hip out, flip your hair around or throw your hands in the air. You may feel a little silly but this translates really well in photos. It may even make you laugh which will create a genuine, open-mouth smile. Also, try looking over your shoulder while it’s dramatically lifted toward your chin. This isn’t a natural position but it adds elegance to the shot. Get creative with this one, you might surprise yourself.
Now, I’m no expert on this subject by any means but these tips have changed my mindset completely. I went into it thinking that I would be posing in front of a camera. However, what the photographer really needs is continuous natural movements. These tips will help me improve over time. I will certainly update you guys on my progress and share more tips as I learn them.