Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I really love what I do. I love seeing how a family or person goes from being a little shy and somewhat uncomfortable in front of the camera to totally enjoying it, posing, and asking "what about one like this"? It makes my day and I feel like I've done my job. However, what I love even more is when WOMEN fall in love with their own shot. Not the hubby's or the kids, but themselves. I get such joy when I hear them say, "OMG, I love this picture of me". Maybe it's because I'm a woman myself and I know how critical we can be of ourselves. "Look at my hair, my brows, my nose, MY FACE", while everyone else is saying how nice we look. While I was working on my portfolio (still adding to it actually), I liked to target people who don't like to take pictures. It was a bit challenging but, I did it for a reason. I want to show people that we can all be photogenic. EVERYONE. I use to be one of those people who did not like how I came out in photos. Hated them. Now, I don't mind a picture or two. Actually, I would love to be in pictures, but most of the time I'm behind the camera. I try and get a shot of me every now and then but anyways, that's another post. I feel that my attitude towards pictures changed because I learned how to pose. We all have our problem area, whether it be our nose, thighs, skin, hair...whatever, most of us have it. Now, there are ways for minimizing those areas so that it is not the first thing you see when you look at that photo. I had to figure it out the hard taking pictures of myself. It was all trial and error, but I figured how to work with my problem area. Many times we think we're minimizing by hiding it, and it just makes it more obvious. For instance, big thighs-wearing baggy clothes, teeth-not smiling, skin-too much make-up. All these things just draw more attention to that area. Just understand, whatever it may can still look great in a photo. Life is too short and precious for us beautiful women to be hiding behind a camera all the time because we think we don't look good.

I'll end this post with a photo tip that I like to share with my family and friends. When someone is taking a picture of you, especially a close up, do not look at the camera straight on. It makes your face look flat and wide, your face loses some dimension. Angle your face slightly, left or right, doesn't matter. Notice I said slightly, don't give them just one side of your face. Hope that helps. I promise to elaborate more on this in a future post (not in february). Now go take some pictures ;)


Anonymous said...

amen, sister! lol lovely post. i've actually learned the most about taking pictures (in front of and behind the camera) from you!! you've developed your talent so well, and i can't wait to see more of it =)

Maritza said...

Beautiful words to live by. I will try to remember. Great tips too. I'm so happy for you. You sound like you are having a great time doing something you love. I love the pics. You definitely have that special touch and an awesome talent.

Ady said...

I do love my photos so much... I have used them everywhere. I'm going to need a new session so I can change my outfit. LOL... Great post with lots of tips.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip. I guess that's why Horatio from CSI Miami is always tilting his head left, right, up, and down but hardly ever looks straight into the camera.

Just had to mention that since I know that you are a big fan of his.


Damaris said...

Oh sis, thanks for the tips. You have an amazing talent and I am so glad you are enjoying your hearts passion. Can't wait to get MY session done!!!