I’m telling you my email banter back and forth with y’all on a daily basis that is where the “spark” for the majority of my posts come from. Tracey (seriously read her blog y’all she cracks me up especially with her WTF posts) “secondhand embarrassment” I just about died laughing when I read that one. She is also who I linked up with yesterday because we had an odd cosmic connection in our posts about female positivity.
Anyways, she emailed me the other day and asked about how to pose for pictures. After my dress posts where I took the plunge by being in front of the camera instead of snapping quick full length mirror outfit posts. She asked if I could do a post since her Wedding and Honeymoon are rapidly approaching about how to pose well for pictures.
I mean I can’t tell you how excited I get when people ask for specific posts! Well Tracey this been many years in the making. Let’s see how it all started…..
My advice (I mean you can take all of this with a grain of salt) is to find your side. Mine is my left side. It’s basically my bangs side. Mark is well trained he wouldn’t dare come on that side. A quick stroll through my FB pics and you will see a common trend (not going to lie this is kinda embarrassing).
I also am going to say two things before we dive in…..#1 I hope you don’t think I’m narcissistic I promise I think learning how to pose for pictures is important. #2 you are going to be super sick of staring at this mug by the end of it.
Side note get a group of girls together for a group picture and watch the chaos ensue. We had our group pics for Pure Barre and everyone had their side. Thank goodness it all worked out because I sure as heck wasn’t getting on the right side of the picture ;-) By the end of training we all had our “assigned” places. You think I’m joking watch the next time a group of girls gets to together for a picture….hair flip here, adjustment here and strategic placements all around.
Unless you are wonderfully gifted enough to have both sides just as gorgeous…well…congratulations.
Let’s test the theory and see what happens when I’m caught off guard and not on my comfortable side.
I’ll tell you what just happened. The only person who looks good in this picture is my brother because he didn’t have to pick and side and honestly men have no idea what that even means.
“Well Amanda!” you’re asking “what if someone steals my side??” I’m so glad you asked. My favorite client from St. Pete at the opening party wanted a pic and clearly marked her side (we are being honest right ladies?) I mean I know it’s her side bang side and she was showing off the great cutout dress. So instead of really angling myself on my particularly bad side I tried to angle myself more straight on and pulled my arm into my side. See even though I’m not on my “go to” side it still came out pretty good right and much better than the one above it. (<3 you Meghan!)
Since my sister is a good sport let me show you the progression of her at this wedding. This is an important thing (especially for brides who are picking one shoulder dresses for their bridesmaids). These dresses were pretty and yes! not some odd color I mean black is so easy to coordinate with! (Thanks Tara! :-) They did have a lot of fabric so if you weren’t careful this could happen especially on the non fabric shouldered side. Please excuse the overly tan skin I was going through a phase.
Now let’s try this again with some better angling. See how much better?
Anything that is the closest to the camera is going to take on the most space. Example more straight on (my sister in the red dress).
Versus a tiny bit turned in. See the difference?
Here is another example of camera angling.
Finally one more example of angling in group shots.
Now what to do about that arm???? I really hate the side arm hand on hip pose but it’s difficult to not have your arm look ten times it’s size but just laying it against your body. Start to play around with some poses and see what feels comfortable for you.
Remember whatever is closest to the camera is going to look the biggest. So if you are the unfortunate one on the outskirts of the picture try to back up a little or angle yourself more in. Dreaded outside booth camera angle shot….clearly I look comfortable.
How to position your legs. Same idea goes. If you face both your legs straight onto the camera probably not going to be the best. Try placing one in front of the other or shifting more weight into the back foot.
To smile or not to smile. I can’t not smile in a picture….I look like a serial killer.
It totally may work for you though! With this first photo sesh I did experiment with a few not so smiley pictures and I think they came out pretty well. I tried to focus more with my eyes and to shift my mind away from thinking about smiling otherwise I looked once again like I was angry. See a little better!
Here are some cardinal rules for people when I ask them to take my picture (I know I’m sorry I’m crazy but y’all in all fairness already knew that).
#1 If I’m Standing You Best Not Be Sitting
I mean hello that leads to THE WORST ANGLES. Nobody looks good being photographed from the down up.
#2 Back the Heck Up
Nobody likes pictures super close up. I look so uncomfortable and slightly possessed.
#3 If You’re Taking A Group Shot Please Shoot Us From The Middle.
Nobody likes to be the awkward one on the side getting the bad camera angle.
#4 If you are the only two around pick the person with the longest arm
I dare say that might be me but that would totally mess up my angle. Therefore Mark gets the assignment when in a pinch.
#5 Sometimes It’s Just Not Going to Happen
Sometimes you are going to get the one person who just can’t get it right. Case in Point….the drunk guy in the lobby of the Waldorf after we got engaged. He kept on shouting “kiss her like you mean it” “work the camera” “wait stay right there I want to frame the tree in the background”. I mean the perfectionist in me was screaming but at least we got to capture the moment
Phew that was long! I’m not going to lie I could have used so many more examples but I quit while I was ahead. I guess the takeaway is to stand up straight, pull your shoulders back and find your side. Also try to relax and be yourself because those are generally the best pictures!
So am I just a cray cray total perfectionist or do y’all have a certain way that you take pictures???? You can take all of these with a grain of salt because clearly I am not a model (nor could ever be one with tendencies to trip over my own two feet all the time). I just thought it would be fun to show how different pictures can look by just tweaking a few things and working with angles. I love linking up with Kathy because I get to spill all my secrets with you on a weekly basis! This week I really put it all out there!
Don’t forget you can link up with me this Friday for your Friday Favorites!!! xoxoxo