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How to Look Your Best in Photos

It is often said a picture is worth a thousand words. The goal then would be to make those words good ones! I have photographed every body type big and small and I can tell you, any girl in a strapless gown is going to have back bulge, even if they are rail thin. The key is not to stress about the things you cannot control. Us photogs can take care of things like that in Photoshop. However, there are a few tips and tricks you will want to remember whenever you get your photo taken. Here are five of my favorites.

1. Never, and I mean NEVER stand in front of your man. If you are in front of him, make sure the camera is to the side so your faces are on the same plane to the camera lens. I like to put the ladies just slightly behind the man. If you are even 1/4 inch in front of him you will look bigger than he does. Not good.
2. Giggle. Every time someone takes your photo, giggle a little bit. Even if it is fake. Just by making a noise your brain will trigger your laugh muscles in your face and not your smile muscles. They are a completely different set of muscles and I guarantee you like your laugh muscles better than you smile muscles.
3. Try to look up. If you can make it so the photographer is above you (sit on a chair) you are less likely to have a double chin. Even the skinny ninnies get double chins when the photographer is below you.
4. Know where your light is. Always face towards the light. If you are outside don’t face into the shade, face into the light. You will look better every time.
5. My absolute best advice is to have fun and smile a lot! Photographers love people who smile and laugh. If you see, out of the corner of your eye, a lens trained on you just smile for a bit. The photographer will take the photo and leave you alone. I promise.

Enjoy your day and soak it all in. The more “into” your day you are the better your photos will come out. Leave the stress behind. Remember, on your wedding day there is nothing more to be done. Just let it go, and enjoy!








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Southern California Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism.



Senior Portrait Photo Shootout

Today I taught a class on Senior High School Portrait Sessions. We headed over to Mentryville in the South Western area of Stevenson Ranch. It is a fun location with lots of great textures. The tips of the day:

  • Try not to shoot with two different exposures in your frame such as shade for the subject with a brightly lit background.
  • Keep your focus always on the eyes.
  • Frame your subject with other objects.
  • KNOW your light source. Where is it coming from? Look for the largest specular highlight in their eyes.
  • Never shoot with dappled light on the face.
  • Try using the sun to flare your images: 1970’s style.
  • Always fix things in the shot that you can rather than say you will “Photoshop” it later. Save yourself the time. (especially stray hairs.)
  • It is okay to direct your model and show they how to pose.
  • Look for interesting angles that their bodies can make.
  • If your model knows how to use their body, let them. Often what is comfortable for them, will look best in the photo.

These tips apply to Seniors, however can be applied towards any shoot. I always take a few shots while I am teaching to show different perspectives. Here are a few of my outtakes.
















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Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism.
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