When I first started my blog, I feel like I was so awkward in front of the camera, but the more practice I got, the more natural it got for me to pose and work my angles.
Today’s post has actually been a FAQ from you guys, and it’s definitely long overdue. Lol! I’m no Naomi Campbell, but I have a few tried and true tips on how to be more photogenic, because it’s way too traumatizing getting caught looking horrible in photos 😀
Of all my tips, this is probably the most important for me. Back straight, elongated neck, chin up. Unless you’re pulling one of those Vogue poses, a slouch is never a good look.
This is definitely not mandatory, but if you opt to go this glamorous route, then there’s a few things to note. Make sure your foundation is a perfect match and is well blended. Filled in eyebrows are a major key to frame your face. (To think that there was a point in time when I was nonchalant about cute brows! Lol!) Mascara/faux lashes are amazing to open up your eyes, which are the focal point of the picture. Lipstick/gloss for that perfect pout! Makeup artist, Arlene, of Mia Bella did an amazing job making sure my face was snatched and photoshoot-ready.
3. Know your good side and work it!
For most people, myself included, the ‘good side’ is the left side. Find out yours and work it 😛
4. Work your angles.
If you’ve been an avid reader of my blog, then you may have noticed that I barely face the camera straight on. I find that it’s always more flattering and natural to stand at different angles, rather than just looking straight at the camera.
5. A good photographer should…
… help you feel relaxed in front of the camera. This was my first time shooting with photographer-extrodinaire – Thomson Ncube – and he was amazing! He put on a fun playlist and we were conversing and cracking jokes the whole time, it barely felt like a photoshoot 😀
6. Comfort is key.
Dress to slay, but more importantly, be comfortable in your skin and in what you’re wearing and be yourself.
7. Grab a prop!
I used to find studio shoots so weird, because unlike street or other outdoor shoots, there’s really not much to do. Or so I thought. But let me introduce you to the amazing world of props! Holding onto something works really great to keep you relaxed and less awkward. For this shoot I went with a drawer as a stool, to give me variation with poses and angles 😉
8. Loosen Up!
It’s really never that serious, so have fun with it!
Hope this was helpful!
Shoot Location: Studio Zolani
WHAT I WORE
Red Dress (Old): Kitschen – Malaysia
Red Snake Skin Sandals and Pink Lace Ups: The Panache Store
Coral One Arm Dress: Thrift