We didn’t get snow for Christmas, so we had to go in search of some. An hour and a half later we ended up in Marblemount along the Skagit River. There was a pretty little park with a trail and benches to view the river. We saw several people out bird watching while we were there. I’ve heard it’s a great place to view eagles.
Anyway, this little ballerina (though I’m not sure I can call her little for much longer, she’s almost as tall as me) was such a trooper out in the snow in a leotard. A year ago we bought this lovely white camisole dress from Discount Dance. We’ve used it a couple times for photos, like when we went out for a pretty winter sunset. Today we used it out in the snow, because I love the white snow matching with the white dress. She did lots of pretty dancing, and even attempted going on pointe in the snow (which isn’t easy since snow is slippery).
As a busy mom, I know it can be asking a lot to not only get your family ready to take a holiday portrait, but to get yourself ready as well. I also know that as woman, I tend to be pretty critical of photos of myself (which is why I am found much more often behind the camera than in front of it).
Erika Stadler, at Refinery29, has a great article on “How to Look Good in Every Photo”. With expert tips ranging from posture to clothing to makeup, she covers 20 topics for your everyday photos (selfie anyone?).
Over at WhoWhatWear, Kat Collings shares 12 Secrets to Looking Better in Photos with Model Cate Underwood. If anyone knows about looking good in photos, it would be Cate Underwood. She shares tips on getting a natural smile, and flattering positions as well as simple tweaks to help your arms or chin look better.
Here are my personal favorite easy ways to look better in your holiday photos:
- Stick out your chin – Nobody wants a double (or triple) chin in their photos. Pulling your head, and chin, forward reduces or eliminates the appearance of more chins giving you a thinner looking face.
- Angle your body – A picture taken from straight on will make anyone look larger than they are. Face sideways to the camera, put your weight on your back leg, bend your front leg, and just twist at your waist a bit toward the camera. You will instantly slim down your waistline (quickest way to drop 10 pounds ever!).
- Have good lighting – Nobody looks their best in noonday sun (squinting and hooded eyes are not a good combo). Go for the yummy light that happens about an hour before sunset. It is a soft warm light that comes in at a flattering angle.
Hire a pro. Sorry, but sometimes you get what you pay for. That photographer that gives you all 200 unedited images for $50 probably isn’t taking the time to make sure you look your best. But a real professional will take their time, shoot from flattering angles, help you pose, and even fix stray hairs for you. When it comes to the photo that goes on your Christmas card, which all your family and friends will be looking at for the next year, go for quality and hire a professional photographer.
With all the leaves turning beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and red what better time to go out and do portraits with a vibrant orange parasol. Teens might be self-conscious about their looks, but give them a little confidence and they are so pretty. I love photographing tweens and early teens. They are beautiful in so many ways, and I love to be able to show them that.
I love photographing babies. Actually, I love babies in general. This little guy is no exception. He is such a cutie. He didn’t like being moved around too much though, he liked just snuggling in one comfy spot. Not that I can blame him, I like doing that too when I’m sleeping. Hopefully he sleeps as well for mommy and daddy in the night. Welcome to the world baby J!
I love weddings. Danika and Frazier had a lovely ring ceremony this weekend that I was pleased to be a part of. Everything was beautiful. They decorated with sunflowers, had a full dessert bar, and lots of smiles and laughs.
Living on the west coast means you are never too far from the beach. But, in the Pacific Northwest we don’t have as many sandy beaches, so a weekend away to the beach is still something special. I think the family all agrees that we should move to the coast to be closer to the sand and big waves. Maybe someday. Until then we can just look back at our pictures of a weekend in Westport and smile.