The holiday season presents opportunities galore for photo taking. And since we all want to look our best in the moment, I asked professional lifestyle photographer Tamara Lackey to share her tips on how to look picture-perfect during this festive time of year:
As a photographer, I’m used to throwing out hints to my subjects about how they can look better in front of the camera and teaching them simple tips and tricks to get picture-ready. Adopt these quick hints this holiday season and you’ll step up your look in front of the camera lens and get photos you’ll be happy to share!
- 1. Choose timeless over trendy when selecting an outfit. Avoid anything that is so “it this moment” that when the moment passes the photo will look dated. I love the Soma’s Sequined Stripe Tank and Garden Bloom Applique Dress for the simple lines, slimming look and timeless style.
- 2. Must-have’s in your clutch include something to brighten your eyes, cheeks and lips. A quick re-apply of lipstick or a stroke of blush will help brighten your face and help you look fresh in pictures.
- 3. For events that you know will have a lot of photo action, opt for matte finish. Shine is exaggerated by the small but super bright point-and-shoot camera flash and even a little bit of “glow” can end up looking oily.
- 4. Pre-photo, smooth – don’t scrunch – your hair. The instinct is to fluff up but this often makes hair look messy! Run a smooth hand over your hair for a put together look.
- 5. When standing, do some creative posing for the most flattering results. Here’s a few suggestions:
- 1. Always stand at an angle to the camera with one foot crossed in front of the other
- 2. A hand on the waistline can also help create definition
- 3. I always have my subjects stick their chin out and down just a hint. It might feel a bit awkward, but this will give you great facial definition for any photo taken from the front
- 4. Lean forward slightly at the waist also and definitely avoid leaning backwards! It will make a world of difference
For more tips and tricks to help you improve your skills behind the camera, check out Tamara’s new book and DVD, Tamara Lackey’s, Capturing Life through (Better) Photography.™