I used to judge myself by how I looked in photos – any photos. “Did I look fat?” was my first question and then moved on to another scrutiny such as my hair, clothes…the list goes on. So much judgment rested on this one image which would define my self-esteem or if I needed to diet immediately. It’s crazy what we do to ourselves — these self-imposed sanctions.
One day I had the courage to take self-portraits of myself practicing posing. There is an art to taking self-portraits and it is overall difficult. I vowed to delete all the images and locked my door before starting. After reviewing the images, much to my surprise, there were a few gems in there. I soon called in my husband and my son for verification. Did they see the beautiful woman that I was finally seeing?
It was first “Ah-hah” moment into how angles and lighting can make all the difference between a bad image and a truly good image. I knew from having conversations with other women that they felt similar insecurities. I decided I wanted to share this insight and photograph people so that I could show them their inherent beauty.
Here are my 5 favorite posing tips:
1. Lean forward at the hips by 2 or 3 degrees. This will feel awkward but the camera will not notice how awkward you feel. I promise! This leans every body type.
2. Bring your chin out and down. Most people are worried about having a double chin so they put their chin up high. Just bring your chin out. Again, it will feel awkward, but the camera won’t notice.
3. Bend where you can – bend your and arm leg. This will add visual interest – most sculptures have bent arms and legs. If your arms are the same color as your torso (long sleeved shirt), bending will define your waist instead of making you look larger than you are.
4. Have the camera angle at eye level or slightly higher. Never go from below unless you want the subject to look bigger than they are.
5. Have fun! You are going to be glad you have this memory captured and your family will thank you, too.