I know I do a daily photo and post it online but my life wasn’t always like that. For the longest time I avoided cameras and getting ‘in’ the photo, in fact I avoided it until I was forty one.
Then breast cancer happened and I thought I was dying. I was desperate to leave some visual memories behind for my children because, well I just hadn’t been present in enough photos over the years and that needed to change.
I lacked confidence when a camera was pointed at me, I wasn’t sure how to smile and to be honest most pics ended up being more of a squinty scowl. Oh, and of course there was the issue of body confidence.
I was embarrassed about my weight and tired of standing out in a photo because of my size, so rather than be reminded of how awful I looked I just avoided the photos. Here’s the thing, it was in my head. All of it. The embarrassment, shame and perceived ugliness it was all in my head.
Once I started embracing the opportunity for a photo my confidence grew and suddenly I was smiling and posing like nobody’s business. These days I just don’t care enough whether the photo is perfect or not. Point a camera at me and I shoot moonbeams from my face as I flash my not so pearly whites.
Instead of turning the other way I now get ‘in the shot’, because it’s important for me to have a record of my time in this life on earth.
I want my children to know I was here.
I want them to know I was happy and that I loved life.
I want them to know I adored breakfast by the ocean and pretty flowers and I want them to know that even though I wasn’t in many of those early photographs that I overcame fear…and so can they.
We can overcome fear, we can change. It’s all about perception and how we choose to view things. If you’re not so confident and wanna run the other way when someone pulls out a camera then read on because I have some tips for getting a better photo and feeling comfortable in front of the camera. They worked for me and might just work for you too.
+ Work with what you have. Don’t wish yourself to be something you’re not, embrace what you have. Know you’re best asset/s and work them.
+ Think happy. You know if you’re shitty and moody it’s going to show so think happy thoughts and they will shine through.
+ Breath in and exhale as you smile releasing tension. Just let all the tension release, get comfortable and curl up the corners of your mouth.
+ Stand slightly sideways. Standing a little side on will give you a better pic. Find your best side ( we all have one) and work it. Try playing with foot adjustment too, I naturally stand with one knee bent in a photo and it works for me. You could try crossing your legs or casually cross your feet tucking one behind the other.
+ Stand up straight, head and shoulders back. Good posture not only gives you a better silhouette but also helps eradicate the extra chins and body rolls.
+ Put down the glass and the grub. Unless you’re happy to have a glass of alcohol or handful of food in every pic put it down.
+ Place one arm on your hip. This will give you something to do with your arms and with the correct hand placement you can draw in your waist. YAY 🙂 It can also stop your arm looking massive as it disconnects from your body.
+ Use a prop. A handbag, baby, flowers…whatever. A prop can help tell a story, add life to a pic and just give you something to do with your hands.
+ Use natural lighting where possible. Natural lighting is always going to give you a natural shot. If you’re not happy with the exposure of a pic then enlist the help of a photo editing app like VSCO, Snapseed, Little Moments (by my mate Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim), Pic Monkey or try the filters or editing apps in Instagram or on Facebook.
+ Shoot higher rather than lower. Try pointing the camera at eye height or even a little higher. If you have monster height teens like me that take your pics they might need to adjust. Sometimes their natural photo taking height is too high and I can end up looking like I have no legs.
+ SMILE. Just curl up the corners of your mouth and smile.
Got any tips for taking a good photo I should know about? Leave it in the comments.