go from un-photogenic to photogenic with these easy steps | look your best in photos | how to look GOOD in photos | denver senior photographer | sarah lindsay photography
Do you consider yourself un-photogenic? Or maybe you just want to look better in photos? Many people struggle with how to look good on camera, and I'll be honest, there is some finesse involved. That's why I've created a simple list of easy things you can do TODAY to become photogenic and slay your next photo sesh.
KNOW YOUR ANGLES
Ever heard of “a good side?” Some people like their side profile, some don’t. Others prefer one side of their face or to be photographed straight on. Try taking photos of yourself from all angles to find out which ones are most pleasing to you!
SMIZE (smile with your eyes)
You know when you see someone smiling but it seems totally fake? It's because they aren't smiling with their eyes! When you genuinely smile, your eyes squint a little bit. Next time you're in front of the camera, try thinking of someone you love, something that makes you laugh, or even make yourself laugh a little to get that smize.
TURTLE YOUR HEAD
Say what!? You heard me, turtle! Pretend there’s an invisible string pulling your nose a little more towards the camera (not too much though). Elongate your neck, and tilt your chin ever so slightly downwards. It feels very weird to do, but this head position is very flattering, trust me!
OCCUPY YOUR HANDS
We’ve all been there - you’re trying to take a cute photo but suddenly forget how your hands are supposed to work. Peace sign? Hands on hips? So awkward! Having some go to hand movements for photos can help eliminate this awkward feeling. Try putting a hand in your pocket, playing with your hair or even holding something (a bag, drink, flowers, your dress, etc).
FIND THE LIGHT
Natural light works best for this. Position yourself facing natural light, but not in direct sunlight, and get ready to be blown away! Natural light is soft, making the shadows around your gorgeous features gentle, it will make your skin appear smooth and add a twinkle to your eye.
FLATTER THOSE BEAUTIFUL FEATURES
Create space between your waist and your arms to make your waist look smaller. This can be done by putting your thumb through a belt loop, putting your hands on your hips, and even letting your hands swing naturally by your side (leaving a bit of space between your arms and waist). I also suggest drawing attention away from something you're self conscious about and towards something you like about yourself by using your hands - for example place your hand near your face or in your hair to draw attention towards your beautiful eyes.
TAKE NOTES FROM THE RED CARPET
Celebs also look so great in their red carpet photos! But how do they do it? Try lifting your chin slightly, turn your head slightly, then look at the camera. For the finishing touch, cross one leg slightly in front. It may feel awkward at first, but it will shortly feel more natural. Girl, you belong on the red carpet!
Do you feel stiff in your photos? Try adding movement! Taking a photo while moving adds flow to your picture and makes it look more natural. This can be done by walking, swinging your arms, laughing, twirling, etc. Have fun with it and get creative!
Make sure when you’re taking photos to have good posture! Standing up straight is significantly more flattering. I know we all love to slouch, but slouching makes you appear less confident. You have nothing to be unconfident about! You look amazing, own it!
Perfect posing and becoming photogenic doesn't happen overnight. Practice posing for photos in the mirror, have a photoshoot with a friend, or even self-timer photos! You'll be able to look back at your photos and find which ones you like the most. From there, rinse and repeat!
The rain started out soft as we took the first few photographs of Katie's Senior VIP Experience photoshoot at Davidson Mesa. We were hopeful it would just be a small rain shower and we could wait it out, but it was soon clear that the storm rolling over us wasn't going to be a tame one. As the rain grew heavier, we rushed to our cars with umbrellas extended, scrambling to get our gear in the car and get Katie out of the rain. No sooner had we closed the car doors and the deluge started. Lightening cracked, huge rain drops smacked the windshield, and the wind tore across the fields. After about 15 minutes, the rain lightened and the sun started to peak out from behind the clouds. Finally, the rain stopped and we stepped out of the car to continue Katie's Denver senior portrait shoot.
Katie attends Legacy High School and will be a senior this coming year! She is also on our Senior Rep Team and represents Sarah Lindsay Photography at her school in Broomfield.
Katie decided that Davidson Mesa would be the perfect location for her Boulder Senior Photos because of the mountain views, sweeping fields, and beautiful scenery.
Before Katie's shoot, she had her makeup professionally done by our Professional Hair and Makeup artist. This comes complimentary with our Denver Senior photoshoots!
Katie's laugh was so genuine and beautiful! When I asked her who her celebrity crush was, she said, "The Property Brothers!", but when I asked her which one was cuter, she couldn't remember their names!
For her Denver Senior Photoshoot, Katie decided to go casual with her outfits. Jeans, simple shirts, cute sandals, and an adorable coral colored dress.
One of the benefits to photographing Boulder Senior Photos after a storm is the beautiful sunset that follows! The sky turned a beautiful shade of pink and orange - perfect for her senior pictures!
Printing your photographs: When should you choose an Album? When should you choose to hang a print on your wall?
You've had professional photos taken for your Senior year or perhaps you're updating your family's photographs, but now the question is, "Do I choose an album or hang something on the wall?".
This decision isn't always an easy one, but don't worry, I'm here to help! Continue reading for a quick list of when to print your photos in an album or when to hang them on your wall.
Wall art is the right choice when...
When you have an absolute favorite photograph or set of photographs
Do you have a favorite photograph that makes you feel filled with love and your senior feel like dynamite? Make a statement and hang that feeling on your wall. Walking by it daily will help instill that same feeling.
When you want to walk by your photograph every day
Wall art pieces are an incredible way to boost your child’s self-confidence every single day. Waking up next to or walking by any photograph where you know you are a beautiful, confident woman will help start each day with this mindset and boost your seniors’ self-confidence that much higher.
When you want to be reminded of the love you have for your family daily
Was your session a family session? A professionally designed wall gallery is the perfect way to tap into the incredible love you have for one another. On the great days, and the not so great days. A wall portrait of your family ingrains that love you share into your mind and more importantly into your children’s mind every day.
When you want to fill the walls of your home with beautiful artwork of your family
Naturally, there are many places you can find art that can be displayed in any room of your home. Making those photographs, works of art of your own family completes a room with love and confidence.
An album is the right choice when...
When you love all your photographs
Your child has been your everything since the day they were born, or maybe even before. Now looking at each of your photographs, you get a rush of all the memories you have shared as a family and see how much they have grown – seemingly overnight. You love each one for a different reason and want them all. An album will be perfect for you.
When you can’t decide on only one photograph
Any wall gallery, while incredibly stunning to look at every day, still only contains a handful of photographs at most. If you want to retain the full experience and have an heirloom product to leaf through and remind you of this incredible transition in your lives as a family and remind your child of how incredible they are just the way they are, an album is a great option.
When you want a conversation starter
A professionally designed album is a fine art piece you will want to pull out and show your friends, your family and someday, your children and grandchildren. Looking through the pages will remind you of this time in your life, as your baby enters senior year and they make plans to achieve their dreams.
When you want to display your artwork on a tabletop or coffee table
Your album will make a perfect statement piece on any table. It will be a subtle display in any room that when you open it will pop with all the energy you had when we left your session.
When you want artwork and memories you can pass down for generations
Of course, you can pass down any wall art photograph, but an album is a perfect heirloom gift for several generations down your family tree. Any family member viewing your session will see how confident and beautiful your senior was in these wonderful years of their life.
Both an album and wall art are the right choice when...
When you love all your photographs and also have a favorite or two
The best of both worlds; take your favorite photograph or handful of photographs and proudly display them on your walls to be reminded of the wonderful journey you have been on together as they leave the house and become make their own dreams come true. And have a gorgeous album for all the remaining photographs that still make you reminisce over all the memories you have shared and your senior feel like they are on top of the world, still the center of your world.
When you want to display your artwork on the coffee table and on the walls
A combination of a fine art album and wall art is a great choice when you want both. You love the idea of a beautifully crafted album on the table and want to feel your confidence every day as you walk by them hanging on the wall.
When you want to walk past your photos every day but also want to pass down to future generations
You have a favorite photograph or two that embrace you in the memories of your growing child, those are perfect additions to your wall. And you want the album that you can pass down to your children and grandchildren to show them how beautiful and empowered your child was!
When you want to hang photographs of your family in one room but want something on the coffee table in another room
Make an impression with your photographs hung in one room empowering your senior every time you walk past. And place an album on a table in another room to start a conversation.
When you want to share the love
When you love all your photographs and choose an heirloom album for yourself to preserve all your photographs. And you want to share your confidence with your child and other family members. Give them the gift of a wall art piece to treasure every day.
We will guide you through this step as well as you choose the best option for your family and professionally design your final keepsakes with you in mind.
Best Christmas gifts for photo lovers | best christmas gifts for photographers | photo gifts | photography gifts
Whether you're a procrastinator, who's left their Christmas shopping until December 24th, or the person who buys everyone's Christmas gifts months before Santa comes, you probably have someone in your life who loves photos. They might be a hobbyist photographer, a teen who is constantly taking selfies, or a grandparent who is constantly pushing their camera in your face at every family vacation. Regardless, there are thousands of gifts for photo lovers out there and it can be overwhelming to sift through and find the best ones. So I've done the hard work for you and compiled a list of the Best Gifts for the photographer in your life!
Now I want to point out that I am not endorsing these products, nor am I paid to put them in my article. As a professional photographer myself, I simply think these gifts are really cool!
The Selfie addict
You know that friend who is always pulling her phone out to take a selfie, then complaining about never having good light when you need it? Well maybe it's time to bring the light to her with an illuminating iPhone case! This Wellerly LED illuminated selfie case can be found on Amazon for about $17 (at the time I'm writing this) and comes with free two day delivery for Prime members.
Not digging the light-up selfie case? Check out these other selfie gifts:
- Selfie stick + tripod + wireless remote all in one | $22
- Selfie Ring Light | $13
- Mobile Photo Printer from Polaroid | $110
The Phone Photographer
Whether they love taking landscape shots or photos of their kids, we've all got that friend or family member who is always taking photos with their phone. For Christmas, why not get them something that will really make their photos stand out? These attachable lenses turn your phone's boring old camera into something spectacular with easily interchangeable lenses from fisheye, to macro, to telephoto. The best part is, they work with most smart phones! Olloclips' essential lenses range from $45 - $60. Check out Olloclips lenses here. You can also find them on Amazon!
Want something more? Check out these other great gifts!
- DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Foldable Gimble for smartphones | $120
- Flexible tripod for smart phones | $25
The Hobbyist photographer
There are a ton of hobbyist photographers out there, and chances are you have one in your family. They're the ones with a DSLR camera attached to their hip (or neck) and bring it to every family vacation without fail. You want to get them something thoughtful to show that you notice their love for photography, but don't know where to start. Don't worry, I've got you covered! Try this advanced Cleaning Kit from Walmart for $30, or this personalized leather neck strap for $75!
Want some other options? Try these out!
Camera Lens coffee thermos | $13
Don't Be Negative t-shirt | $17
The traveling Photographer
As a photographer, it's hard to travel safely with all of your expensive gear. Multiple lenses, camera bodies, speedlights, batteries, etc. Keeping track of it all is one thing, not to mention making sure your $2,000 lens doesn't get cracked. I'm getting anxious just thinking about it! So why not get your travel photog something they'll appreciate and use, like this padded Backpack from B&H Photo for $117. With padded dividers to keep their camera body from hitting their lenses, this Christmas gift is practical and cool looking.
Looking for something else? How about these:
Ona Brixton Leather Messenger Bag | $460
Instax Mini Case for Instax camera | $20
World Adapter for Charging | $20
the vintage camera lover
Vintage film cameras are making a come back and have gained popularity in recent years. With the resurgence of film, finding a techy gift for your film-lover has never been easier. Like this smartphone film scanner from Amazon for around $65.
Looking for another Christmas gift? What about these?
Wooden Camera Pencil Holder | $13
Kurt Adler Camera Christmas Tree Ornaments | $22
The Creative Photographer
Some call them artsy-fartsy, some call them boundary breakers, but I call them creatives. They are the people who look at the world in a different way and have an eye for outside of the box images. If you've got someone in your life like that, I have the perfect Christmas gift for your creative photo genius! This Glass lensball will turn their photos upside down, literally. This one can be found on Amazon for about $14.
the aspiring photographer
Know someone who loves photography and wants to learn to use their DSLR to its fullest potential? They need a no-fluff, straight-to-the-point course with educational videos and guides that provide easy, step-by-step information so they can take high-quality photos confidently and turn their visions into reality. Soon I'll be releasing a self-paced course that covers over 120 photography related topics! Everything from the basics to advanced editing and techniques.
Here's a sneak peek of the classes inside the course:
- What lens should I use for landscape photography?
- How do I photograph the milky way?
- What is aperture?
- How do I capture the best photos of my family on vacation?
- Compositing images in Photoshop
- How to take the best photos with your smart phone- How to take the best photos of the canyon with your DSLR
- What is the best lens to use in the Antelope slot canyons?
- What is the best DSLR?
- Lenses 101
- Crop sensor vs. full frame
- Shooting in full manual mode
- How to travel with your camera safely
- Neck strap vs. clips vs. holsters
- How to take steady photos in the canyon without a tripod
- 105+ more topics inside the course!
Be the first to know when this course opens for enrollment! Put your name on the list below: