If you were expecting a long list of DOs and DON'Ts on how to look beautiful in pictures, I'm sorry to disappoint. Yes, there are many rules, on posing, makeup, lighting, clothing, etc. but they're not for YOU to worry about! Why? Because that's the photographer's job!
It's funny how most people, especially women, focus on everything they don't have or feel they need to improve. But there are so many things that are so great and special about you!! So let's focus on that instead.
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
- Maya Angelou
A photo session should be a fun experience for you. That's why you should get chatting with your photographer before the picture-taking part. It's important to show the real you, talk about yourself, the things you love and your ideas for the photo shoot. The photographer should take the time to discuss this with you, so you can decide if you're a good fit for each other. A pre consultation, either online, on the phone or in person, is a great start towards a good session. It's so important you can be yourself and feel comfortable around the person who will capture your moments.
Once you've found the right photographer for you and feel you can trust this person to capture your ideas, it's up to the photographer to bring out your true beauty. Especially for those of you who feel a little insecure about themselves or about being in front of the camera, the photographer should be your guide. They can advise you on what kind of clothing to bring in, they will guide you into poses that are flattering for your body and they know how to manipulate the lighting so you will look your best.
Another thing to consider is getting your hair and makeup done professionally. This doesn't mean you need to look like you're going to walk the red carpet, but it can help you bring out your best features. Whether you prefer a really natural look or would like to glam it up, hair and makeup for a photo shoot is different than hair and makeup for every day life. Having it done right, can make a big difference for the final outcome of your images. When this service is offered on location, with the photographer present, you can be sure all the elements of your final look will come together properly.
Now that you have found the right team of people to guide you through the whole process of your photo shoot, you don't have to worry about all these 'rules' anymore. Which means you can now focus on what is truly important, to relax, be yourself and have a great time!
If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams
and you will always look lovely.
- Roald Dahl