Tips From A Photographer On Looking Your Best For Photos


We all want to look our best when investing in having our photos taken. I mean, I think we can all agree that there is no worse feeling than looking back at your photos and wishing you had worn a different outfit or done your make up a little differently. Today, I am here to give you some tips to skip out on that feeling and to help you looking your best for your upcoming session!


No more fomo on amazing photos!



Practice Makes Perfect


Just like with anything, practice makes perfect! To practice taking photos of yourself at home, prop your phone up and set a timer. It may feel weird and awkward at first, but this helps you to find the most flattering angles for your face and body and allows you the time to get comfortable in front of a camera. As a photographer, one of my biggest goals is to work to ensure that you are comfortable. This means I will be your hype woman cheering you on the whole time and instructing you and your partner to do things like bumpy piggyback rides to get some genuine smiles and laughter!

That being said, an additional tip is to find a photographer that will work hard to ensure that you are comfortable and that it is an amazing experience for you!




Wear Flattering Clothes


Now if you are reading this in preparation for your wedding, feel free to skip this one! However, if you are reading this for any other kind of session, let’s talk outfits! One of the most important tips I can give is to ensure that you wear clothes that are not only flattering but also comfortable. If you are not comfortable in what you are wearing or not feeling confident, it will show, and trust me, we don’t want that! Make sure you set time aside days before your session to try on a ton of outfits until you find the perfect one. The goal is to find something that makes you feel happy when you look at yourself in the mirror.  I am always here to help as well! When you book me, I will be available to you to send outfit ideas to so I can to either narrow them down or create a custom Pinterest board for you.


For more tips on what to wear, check out the following links to find your ideal outfit!


-> What to Wear: Family Session

-> What to Wear: Newborn Session

-> What to Wear: Engagement Session


Do’s and Dont’s For Makeup


Now ladies, let’s chat makeup! Like we talked about before, two very important elements are to ensure you are comfortable and to be yourself. So, if you don’t normally wear makeup and don’t feel comfortable in it, go with light makeup! Something simple like a concealer to hide any imperfections + mascara and some lipstick is perfect. It’s always a good idea to do a trial run before your session to avoid any stress and have a clear picture of how you’d like your makeup to be. I also highly recommend splurging to get your hair/ makeup done professionally, it is definitely worth the investment and can make such a difference! If you are in the Bellingham area, feel free to message me for local hair/makeup gals or check out “The Ultimate Wedding Vendor List” by clicking here!
Pro tip: Avoid super dark eye looks, it creates hard shadows and hides your beautiful eyes! Go simple, but don’t skip makeup – you can definitely see more with a camera!


Be Yourself


Don’t be afraid to make crazy faces and dance around without a care in the world, let your personality shine through! It makes for the best photos.
Now, it can be hard to come out of your shell with a camera pointed at you, which is why tip #1 is so important but once you get comfortable, the hardest part is over! Feel free to bring items that are reflective of your personality as well. Are you a dog lover? Bring your furry friend, I always love capturing pets!


I am here to help


Remember, I am always here to help you have fun at your shoot! Try not to worry about how you look too much and focus on being in the moment with your partner and being yourself. It is more than okay to feel nervous. My job is to direct you in a way that helps you relax, feel natural, and be your own true comfortable selves in front of my lens. Don’t worry about practicing poses too much or studying Pinterest pins. I lean towards giving you directions that create movement. Death to the prom poses, I capture life, fun adventures, and candid moments.
Remember, you will have so much fun and it’s such a great time to create memories that you will treasure forever.


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Have you ever had your photos taken? Let me know what helped you the most to feel comfortable!

about anna

Anna is a wedding photographer based out of Bellingham, Washington. She is a coffee lover and a momma to her three little girls.


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