To Look Your Best"
"I don't want
to look fat!" We want you to look terrific
too. First, we'll offer some basics on how to pose yourself.
Next, we will show how the photographer's choices of
camera and lens settings help you both look terrific!
Some simple changes will make you look even better in
your portraits. Try practicing these before stepping
in front of the camera.
Extend one foot
When you extend a foot forward, your body will naturally
turn on a 45 degree angle and your weight will automatically
shift to your back foot. When this happens, you hold
your shoulders back, straighten your posture and raise
your head (but NOT your chin!). Your hips appear narrower
in the angle your body naturally shapes when you simply
stand with one foot forward.
Extend your Elbows
Creating a "V" with your elbows on either
side of your ribs and waist will do the most for slimming
your waistline and accentuating your natural curves.
You want to create a diamond between your waistline
and your arms. Try it, but make sure you do not rest
your arms on your body- connecting your arms with your
body will make you look bigger.
Eyes Open Wide
Open your eyes and tip your head towards your high shoulder
(probably the front shoulder). You'll find that by opening
your eyes, you can have a more natural smile. Think
of smiling with your eyes and the smile will simply
happen. Thinking about something that makes you happy
helps a lot too. Relax and be the star of your own portrait
- it will show.
Keep Your Back
Think of lining your vertebrae up one on top of the
other, lift your ribcage and open your shoulders, just
as you do when you take a deep breath. Standing straight
conveys confidence and improves your bearing.
Go With The Pro
Selecting a professional
photographer who understands the correct lens to use
for each situation and knows how to use it properly
is key. Would you see a hairdresser without cosmetology
license to style your hair on your wedding day?
Taking out all the technical details and jargon, we
want to point out that a knowledgeable and artistic
photographer can use the characteristics of different
lenses to your advantage. That will improve how
you look in your wedding photographs. As you can see,
there are dramatic differences in the couple's appearances
due to the lens selection and camera settings.
Note the distance
each couple is from the photographer and how much distance
or vista is shown in the backgrounds of each image.
Different lenses and techniques were used to create
these two gorgeous images.
No matter how well posed you are, inappropriate lens
selection or improper camera settings will ruin the
image, and no amount of Photoshop manipulation will
be able to fix it.