How to look better in the camera

Friday, August 31, 2012

1. Your Attitude/ Believe Matters!
I barely have any picture of myself during my teen years. The reason? Because I used to believe that I didn't look good in the picture. Then I met Chris, who is a photography enthusiast. His endless encouragement makes me believe that being photogenic is a matters of what one believes or thinks as Proverbs 23:7 says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he"

2. Smile
Picture can explain better than words so here are the examples:
The non smiling Wes:

The sweet smiling Wes:

There was one time when my siblings and I got our picture taken in a studio. My mom who was standing on the side said to me, "Don't show your teeth, just smile."
Later on when we got the result {this is back in the day before digital camera was invented}, she commented, "Why didn't you show your teeth?"
I answered, "because you told me not to."
She then said, "but I was talking to your sister not to you."
Moral of the story: Practice smiling in front of the mirror. What works for others may not work for you

3. Remind yourselves why you want to be in the picture
As for me, I want to be in the picture so that the kids can remember me by in the future. In order for this to happen I may have to practice taking picture with extended arm, or gently remind hubby to take pictures of me with the kids instead of the turtles, hippo, or the scenery - this is one of our many differences; I rarely took picture without people in it while Chris likes to take pictures of objects or scenery.

4. Dress up
It's doesn't have to be fancy. By simply getting dressed increased my productivity and attitude tremendously. Wear colorful clothes. Again, my momma was the one who taught me this. She kept telling me to buy bright color clothes versus the color that I usually get: blue, gray, brown, black. For example:

Way too much blue 

Much better! :)

Do you have any other tips to add on the above list?

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