SECRET number 6: How to pose correctly to always look your BEST!

6.  Learn to smile for the camera.
Smiling is a tricky thing when it comes to photos. Too big, and you look silly, but none at all can make you look broody or angry or if you get it right sultry and attractive! The solution? The ‘natural’ smile you so often do when the camera’s not on you.

I always tell my friends and clients in the studio or on location  to talk to each other this way they feel silly and immediately laugh when they look at each other and we get the the best photographs.

Smiling too wide on purpose will cause your face to tense up, your eyes to squint, and your cheeks to puff out, which aren’t the benchmarks of an attractive photo. Instead, take a beat to relax your face and open your mouth  slightly, so that your lower lip matches the curve of your upper teeth. This is universally flattering, and allows you to decide how much teeth you want to show. Not a fan of smiling with teeth? Laugh and look to the side, behind you or downwards, anyway to create angles and interest.

One thing to note: When you smile naturally, the area around your eyes tends to crease a bit, which reads as much more sincere than stiffly smiling just with your mouth. It also shows your character and personality which makes shot so much more interesting.

A classic example of this . My friends and I went to a ball the other day and here are 2 shots from the same moment but me being me, I always like to make a picture have interest so shot 2 you can tell just because of what I said  that I told my friends to talk to each other.

I am trying to use all shots from the phone so you can see the results you can achieve. Thees are not shot in the best of light hence why they are pixelated but it did record the moment. In fact, a very special moment as 2 of my best friends on these shots are leaving Dubai for good so the value in these shots are priceless. Basically sums up everything I have been talking about creating memories.

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SECRET number 5: How to pose correctly to always look your BEST!

5.  Don’t follow the group! Be an individual !!
The key to a getting noticed and being an individual is  NOT all doing the same pose. Not only is just boring  and stiff but its not fun.We are all individuals with our own charcters and personalities so I always try and bring this out in a photo.

Creating memories is what photography is all about and we want to remember when we look back at an image that was taken wherever and when it was. We can immediately identify our friends characters by the way they shine in a photo. Some of us are more serious, some laugh more, some do the same pose. Its amazing. I love it.  We are all so different yet need each other in many different ways.

We go through life and meet so many people that the only way to record a moment apart from storing it in our memories tightly locked away in our hearts and brains is to take pictures. We all love it, more and more every day.

I was told a joke the other day that just summed this statement up:

JOKE:

A couple were in a fancy restaurant and the starters came, decorated and presented beautifully. The couple started to eat and then the waiter came over and asked if something was wrong? The couple rep[lied, “no, why?” and the waiter relied that,” I thought something was wrong as you did not photograph your food!”

We Photograph EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE ha !!

Be yourself, always and forever. That what our friends love about

us and will always remember us the way we are.

This shot is off the phone.

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SECRET number 4: How to pose correctly to always look your BEST!


4. Cross your ankles.

If your hand-on-hip feels too posed, tilt your body toward the camera slightly, with one leg in front of the other.
If you’re being shot head-on cross your legs, starting at the calf. This stance will make your hips look narrower and your legs look longer, plus it looks a bit more casual. It’s worth noting that the pose also works when you’re sitting.  Although it’s always preferable to stand in pictures, if you happen to be on a chair or a sofa when someone comes at you with a camera, sit up straight and cross your legs at the ankles. It’ll be more flattering than not doing anything with those legs.

Plus when you are sitting down, even if you have the flattest stomach ever you are always going to get a little bilge on your middle or  a hangover at the top of your jeans. You can suck in but you will still get it. I will show you a couple samples of how this works .

Sample 1.  Here are  my nephews  and they  really slim but you see Darryl’s belly( Second boy from the left) has a little belly hangover because of the way  they are bent down. Cameron on the other hand hides his with his arm ( Second from the right). He has listened to his Auntie and took precautions ha!

Sample 2. Is me on the front cover of Hello Magazine with the classic leg cross that make me look taller and I need it!

Sample 3. The Best thing to do if you are going to have a shot sitting down is just to hide it. Lean forward and create an interest with your arm.  Taken on my iPhone in the studio.

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SECRET number 3: How to pose correctly to always look your BEST!

3.  Twist your body and position your arms

Ah, the old red carpet trick: Position your body 45 degrees and put the arm closest to the camera on your hip. Then plant one foot slightly in front of the other, point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back leg. This gives the body a slight angle and angles without you even knowing it creates interest and appeal. 

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Think about it in easy terms. A pole that just goes from floor to ceiling looks ok but a pole that has twists and turns will always make you look longer with interest. 

Ever wonder why every celebrity poses with her camera-facing arm on her hip? It’s because that particular move ensures that her upper arm isn’t smooshed against her body making it look flattened and fat even if they are the skinniest person alive.  If you find the hand-on-hip pose to be a bit forced, try holding your arms out from your sides ever so slightly.

Below is a classic example. These are my friends and we just messing around in the make up area in the studio. The girl on the right is Max and see she is facing straight onto the camera but the second shot she is turned on an angle and the classic arm on the hip. This gives the body more shape, angles that cause the eye to stay longer looking at her. Her body looks more interesting and becomes a very flattering shot!

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SECRET number 2: How to pose correctly to always look your BEST!

2. Angle your face
Unless you’re being snapped by a professional portait photographer, like me! it’s key to avoid direct head-on shots. Why? Because there’ll be an absence of shadows, which could make your face look wider, larger, or slightly discolored. Instead, stand slightly sideways and tilt your chin a little bit upward or a tad downward. From there, be sure to look at something just above your natural line of sight.
This angle also will give the shape and cheekbones more definition. The light will highlight the petruding parts of the face and therefore cause a shadow underneath making your face looked more chiseled and defined. Your eyes will drop with your face so you will have to look upwards which is seductive, sweet and very attractive Try it! and I promise when you do this, even now as you are stood or sat reading this, drop your head and look up you will immediately feel sexy and a little smile will come on your face.

I know you are trying it, am I right??

The samples attached are a perfect example of this. they are just selfies taken by me and you can see exactly what I mean. Shot 1 is me with my head straight on and my face looks rounder than shot 2 which looks more defined making it look contoured which is done by makeup.

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SECRET number 1 How to pose correctly to always look your BEST!

IMG_4194blogThis week I am going to give you tips on how to get  the  best pose for pictures of yourself!

First, practise in the mirror!

Chances are, even the most confident, self-possessed woman has occasionally fallen victim to an unflattering photo. Even if we’re completely satisfied with the way we look in  the mirror  a truly bad picture can damage a power so strong that we often find ourselves miserable for days, even if we think we know how to pose for pictures.

POSING is EVERYTHING. We stand in the correct position, move our heads slightly, breathe in , twist our shoulders, so many little tips contribute to making a good shot to a GREAT Shot!

TIP 1, Strange as it might seem but 

Use your tongue. !!
This is one of best tricks out there—and the weirdest. It might feel strange, but by pressing your tongue on the roof of your mouth while smiling is an effective way to help avoid the dreaded double chin, as it elongates your neck and your jawline giving you a much nicer shape!

Tune in tomorrow for Tip Number 2 !!

Part 5 of Tips & Tricks of studio lighting techniques

Profile Lighting

Profile lighting (also called rim lighting) is used when the subject’s head is turned 90 degrees from the camera lens. It is a dramatic style of lighting used to accent elegant features. It is used less frequently now than in the past, but it still produces a stylish portrait.

This gives such nice angles to the shot and makes it so much more interesting than looking at a nice,  NORMAL shot,. Angles create interest and mystery.  Always try and take a picture that is MORE than just a shot.  Take a picture with passion and the results speak for themselves. I can teach you how to position a light and how to stand but once you put your own stamp on it,  you always see that  will the meaning becomes more. A photographer always strives for more! We are not satisfied as we are always looking for perfection. It is never achieved but gives us the encouragement to strive to better ourselves!

 

Keep following me for more tips. Email me for any questions: yasmin@yhstudiosdxb.com

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Part 4 of Tips & Tricks of studio lighting techniques/ Split lighting

Split Lighting

Split lighting occurs when the key light illuminates only half the face. It is an ideal slimming light. It can be used to narrow a wide face or nose. It can also be used with a weak fill to hide facial irregularities. For a highly dramatic effect, split lighting can be used with no fill.

For me this is my favourite kind of lighting because its so effective, mysterious and you can create any kind of mood you like. Its not only flattering but can create an essence in a shot that the photographer and the model have between them.

There is always a bond between the photographer and the  model and this is what creates the most effective shots and that feeling pours out with the passion a photographer has inside and if you connect with him/her you will get the most amazing shots ever!

So the motto is:, always be kind to your photographer. They might be a bit weird at times but they are just thinking!!!!

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Part 3 of Tips & Tricks of studio lighting techniques

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Rembrandt lighting (also called 45-degree lighting) is characterized by a small, triangular highlight on the shadowed cheek of the subject. The lighting takes its name from the famous Dutch painter who used skylights to illuminate his subjects. This type of lighting is dramatic. It is most often used with male subjects, and is commonly paired with a weak fill light to accentuate the shadow-_MG_0146zside highlight.

Key Light. The key light is moved lower and farther to the side than in loop and Paramount lighting. In fact, the key light almost comes from the subject’s side, depending on how far his head is turned from the camera.

Fill and Hair Lights. The fill light is used in the same manner as it is for loop lighting. The hair light, however, is often used a little closer to the subject for more brilliant highlights in the hair.

Background and Kicker Lights. The background light is in the standard position described above. With Rembrandt lighting, however, kickers are often used to delineate the sides of the face (particularly the shadow side) and to add brilliant highlights to the face and shoulders. When setting such lights, be careful not to allow them to shine directly into the camera lens. The best way to check this is to place your hand between the subject and the camera on the axis of the kicker. If your hand casts a shadow when it is placed in front of the lens, then the kicker is shining directly into the lens and should be adjusted.

Part 2 of Tips & Tricks of studio lighting techniques

 

IMG_9534As I said yesterday there are a few basic rules we need to follow but and the way in which we see our subject the lighting will change from photographer to  photographer.

Loop lighting is a minor variation of Paramount lighting. This is one of the more commonly used lighting setups and is ideal for people with average, oval-shaped faces.

Key Light. To create this setup, the key light is lowered and moved more to the side of the subject so that the shadow under the nose becomes a small loop on the shadow side of the face.

Fill Light. The fill light is also moved, being placed on the opposite side of the camera from the key light and close to the camera–subject axis. It is important that the fill light not cast a shadow of its own in order to maintain the one-light character of the portrait. The only position from which you can really observe whether the fill light is doing its job is at the camera. Check carefully to see if the fill light is casting a shadow of its own by looking through the viewfinder.

Hair and Background Lights. The hair and background lights are used in the same way as they are in Paramount lighting.