I'm Krystal Moore, a wedding and lifestyles photographer based in Moose Jaw, SK.
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April 24, 2020
Women tend to hide in photos or avoid them all together and it’s time to show up in photos as we are now. You are created as a masterpiece and and you need learn to love yourself the way you are! More on this down the post.
You will notice as you scroll through photographers Instagram or Facebook feeds that most of the women are not standing with their body’s facing straight on looking at the camera.
Because it isn’t as flattering to the female body! The shoulders and the hips are the widest part of our body, so when a woman faces the camera straight on without turning any part of her body, it draws attention to the widest area. Who wants that? Nope, not me! And I want to give you some tips to help you when you are in front of the camera.
So let’s get started!
FIRST: Ladies stand at a 45 degree angle from the camera or phone camera. (Look at that you have lost a few inches!)
SECOND: Bend the knee CLOSEST to the camera.
You will see in the photos of below, the left photo, Evelyn has the leg farthest from the camera (her left leg) bent which is pushing her right hip towards the camera. And then you will see in the right photo, her right knee is bent so her left hip is being pushed away from the camera. The right one is more eye pleasing because she is pushing her hips away from the camera making her appear smaller. (Not that she needs to but you can see the difference in the way the dress falls and how it makes her looks smaller.)
You can see in the photos below another example of what the bent front knee does and how it creates flattering curves on the female body. Simple little adjustment but makes the world of a difference!
THIRD: What do you do with your hands? You can put your hands on your waist, or put their thumbs in their pocket, or grab your jean jacket. This creates a space between your side and your arm creating flattering curves.
And an extra tips if you want to take this even further, slightly drop the shoulder that is closest to the camera and it will make your neck look even longer!
The next time you are getting your photo taken, try this! And then let me know how it turned out!
On a more serious note, I need to share this with you.
Ladies, we have to get over our fear of not looking “perfect” in photos. You are beautiful the way you are! Who cares if you have a roll here, or a stretch mark there, what really matters how you respond because if you know it or not, you are influencing the people around you! (Your kids, your mom, your sister, your friend, etc.) What really matters is that those people are going to remember the moments and the time spent with you and not if you had the wrong dress size or a slight double chin.
Evelyn says it perfectly. “I think the best thing for me is knowing that, hopefully, my kids will someday be preparing for my funeral and looking through photos of us all together. They’ll be trying to find photos of their mom, of our time together, of treasured moments to show their children. I want to be in those photos! I want to be visible, perceived flaws and all, because they’re not going to remember my dress size or if I had a double chin in that photo. They’re going to remember the laughter, the adventures, and the intentional time that I have spent with them.”
Yup! Clap. That. Up. Ladies! Go for the memories verses looking “perfect”. Remember, you are influencing the people around you with what you say, or don’t say. So show up and be confident in the skin you are in because confidence photographs the best!
One thing I noticed over the years is that ladies do something strange with their chin. Somewhere in time, in some land, a rumor was spread that we should all raise our chin very high and it would eliminate any sort of double chin. But that just looks like they are the high school snob. Or when people smile, it’s like they get scared and they bring their head back. Hello double chin!
This doesn’t work! I don’t want to see up their nose or want you to have a double chin!
Instead, lower your chin just a bit and bring it forward a little bit. Just a little correction will make a huge difference! Yup, go ahead and try it right now! (I know you did!) 🙂
Here is an example that I took of myself on my phone.
These first two photos are the way I hope you will now take photos. So think of a turtle when he pulls his head out of the shell. Bring your beautiful face out and that helps to create a great jaw line!
Here is an example of pulling your chin back. Yikes! Hello double chin and awkward photos! (It looks like I gained 10 pounds in the face.)
Ok that’s all for now! Go out and try it next time you get your photos taken or take your next selfie! Be sure to let me know on Instagram by using the hashtag #krystalmoorephotographyeducation
Thank you Evelyn for allowing me to use your photos to help share these posing tips! You all should go follow her on Instagram at @heyevelynjames She is a life coach who will help you see the boxes that you are trapped in and equip you to help break free! Plus she is a sweetheart!
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