Tips to a Better Selfie
Let’s be honest, we all take selfies, and as good as we look-for some reason the picture quality just is not on our level. Here are a few tips to get your composition up to par with your awesome looks.
Make sure you are facing good lighting- the best is natural light coming in from a window! This will correctly light up your face and will help you avoid noise from lack of good light.
Hold your phone a little above your face. The angle from above is a lot more flattering than the angle from below.
Use your hair to your advantage. Sometimes a little hair in your face is a fun/playful look instead of just straight on.
Avoid a distracting background. The best selfies will have a clean and non-cluttered background, whether it’s against a plain wall or the sky. Move yourself until the background is not going to be a distraction.
Extra pictures don’t cost, so take a few while trying different lighting and angles until you get the image you really like. You don’t have to keep them all… or you can.
While photographing Karin, who is an aspiring model and actress, for her profile photos, I asked if I could take a few more shots of her. I wanted to photograph her in the style of my Fine Art Children’s sessions. Karin was excited and eager to comply.
We got some lovely photos of her. Karin, who is age 12, was unbelievably comfortable in front of the camera and easy to work with. Which I have to say, makes it doubly fun for me. This photo was one of her absolute favorites from the session, and actually, it was my favorite as well.
Showing the “Before and After” photos can be amazing to see the evolution from straight out of the camera to my finished vision. When I take a photo I am always seeing the vision of the finished photo instead of what the camera actually sees.
Besides all the planning, designing, choosing the lighting and posing in order to get good photos, next comes the vision I want to create in photoshop.
As you can see, I changed the color tones, did some skin retouching and added texture in the background to create a much more dynamic image.
Fine Art Children’s portraits are beautiful, classic and timeless. I had the pleasure of photographing little Jenna who is a very energetic and a beautiful 5-year-old girl for one of these portrait sessions. There were numerous wonderful photos from this session but here are a few for you to view. Please contact me if you are interested in having your child photographed for a beautiful timeless portrait.
Roses. Chocolate. A cheesy stuffed animal. While these things work for your favorite valentine, why not do something unexpected?
One of our favorite things to do is to go on an adventure in a new part of town that we have never explored. Bundle up, dress cute, and just go on a walk. As you walk by the stores, talk about this last year. What have been the things that you’ve been most excited about? Where do you think you could have improved? What has been going on in your life that your significant other doesn’t know about? Find something that you love doing together. Go dancing. Go rock climbing. Find a random frozen yogurt place and pile on the toppings. Go back to the place where you first met. Where did you have your first date? Is there anything that you used to do together but don’t anymore because you “don’t have time”?
Can’t afford a night on the town? Can’t find a babysitter? We know how that goes. Find a great movie on Netflix that you have been saving and snuggle up to watch it together. Or watch an old favorite. One of my favorite sites for dating ideas is actually http://www.thedatingdivas.com/ They have tons of printables and games and more ideas than you could ever imagine for just having fun together as a couple.
More than anything, this night is about the two of you. So make it count!