This is the number one thing I hear from people when I show up to their session. And let me tell you I’m right there with you! I always say I belong on the back of a camera not in front of it but let me tell you something else. Everyone is photogenic, yes that’s right that means YOU are photogenic.
I despise getting in front of the camera but I do it anyway, I know that it is important and one day all my child and future grandchildren will have are the photos that we take today. Do you want to know how I got over the fear and stress that came with thinking I was not photogenic? No? To bad Im gonna tell you anyway 😉
Find a photographer that you really click with someone who makes you forget that there is a camera in their hand. Once I found that it was much easier to get in front of the camera once a year. My photographer makes the whole process fun and we have even become friends outside of our Photographer, Client relationship. This is by far the most important item on this list.
Next is don’t wear brand new clothing as you will not be completely comfortable in it during your session. If you do want new outfits for your portraits purchase them at least a month before the session and wear them. Wear them and wash them that way they loosen up a bit and drape a bit better and you will feel better in them.
Look at yourself in the mirror. Find your relaxed smile and practice it. Also while looking in the mirror practice poses. You can actually find quite a few posing guides on pinterest that will help you learn some of the basic poses that work with your body type. This step even though your photographer will know how to pose you to flatter your body will help you become more comfortable in these poses. Comfort equals relaxed posing and relaxed photos. Relaxed photos always look better than stiff ones.
The last tip is love yourself. I know I know its soooo cliche! But its true!! If you are anything like me and don’t want photos of yourself its because you see all your imperfections. You say things like maybe next year after Ive lost weight, Or please don’t photograph my right side its not my good side . Next time you look in the mirror tell yourself out loud one thing you like about yourself. then repeat every time you look in the mirror. It doesn’t always have to be something physical but should be often as you are trying to train yourself to see the beauty in your physical form.
Simple right? Well maybe not but it does work! Im proof Below are photos of my own un-photogenic self.
Its that time of year again, time for spring mini sessions. I love doing sessions at Woodenshoe Tulip festival while the flowers are in full bloom they provide so many gorgeous colors to use as backgrounds. The grounds are usually … Continue reading →
This summer I was able to add a couple of Twins to my Newborn Portraits Portfolio. I must say I LOVE working with twins and would love to do it some more so if you are in the Portland metro area and expecting twins and looking for a photographer feel free to contact me. Sometimes you get to shoot photos for a family that you just connect with. That was totally the way it was with this family. Only a few will understand but they are brown coats! So I got to have a total nerd moment and discuss scy fi and fantasy books/games while setting up. We ended up deciding to shoot outside as it was about 90 degrees that day. It was absolutely amazing! well… mostly… as happens with twins when one was sleeping the other wasn’t, when one was finally full the other was hungry. so we did not get many together photos but were able to get some great single shots. Then just when we were ready to get shots with big brother He fell asleep and we didn’t want to wake him for fear of a toddler melt down. Even with the ups and downs that come with two babies, I am quite proud of how these photos came out as it was only my second set of twins.
So I am WAY behind on blogging. Its not my forte! but I feel like these sessions deserve more than just a quick upload to Facebook. This particular newborn session was one of the hardest I have ever had. I know that is what I said about the last post but this one was harder. Little one did not want to sleep at all, did not want to be posed and was definitely NOT into hats. Mama contacted me just before she turned 2 weeks old and the timing was just not where it should have been, after struggling for a bit and having little one get pretty fussy we decided to go for more lifestyle shots than posed. So we got some ok cute shots but nothing that I would normally get. When I sent the gallery to mama she asked if we could have a do over. I of course said yes and we scheduled a new session for the following weekend. At this point Little Miss was about 5 weeks old and I expect it to be any easier but told mama that we would go for some more posed ones if little one would have it. I was actually really surprised how easy the second session went. Little Miss Z was an image of perfection for the entire session. Just goes to show that the normal before 2 weeks does not work for every baby.
And then sometimes You just have to include an outtake!
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Baby Miss A really gave me a run for my money while shooting her Newborn Portraits. She wanted nothing to do with the camera and was REALLY not a hat girl. Her mama was so patient though and we prevailed. Eventually she did sleep and we pushed through as many poses as we could. In the end this has become one of my favorite sessions because while it didn’t go exactly as planned it still came out great and showed me that sometimes all it takes is patience.
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A few months ago I put out a model call for a little Boy newborn for a “nautical” styled newborn portrait session. I carefully prepared all my props the night before and headed over to meet this cute little guy after a long day at the office. When I got there I realized I had left my basket with wraps at home. His mama and I had a good laugh about it and then got on with the session. Baby K just never ceased to amaze me, he was less than a week old and knew his name. Every time I said it he would look right at me, then when he got tired he just went to sleep, as if to say no big deal ill just sleep you do your thing. I hope you enjoy the below images as much as I enjoyed taking them.
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I love photographing twin newborns, this particular pair of twins are the daughters of one of my friends and actually the second pair of twins for her. These two were super easy to work with and reminded me why I love working with babies, Even though they are not all easy (well none are actually easy but you know 😉 ) I hope you enjoy the sample below.
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Baby Miss R’s newborn portraits were supposed to be Woodland themed. Very shortly into the session I realized my for the session were going out the window as she was a light sleeper and could not be moved much. Sometimes in newborn photography you just have to go with the flow. At the very end of the session her big brother came home, I tried to get him in on the session but he was having none of that.
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Every year I offer portrait mini sessions at the Woodenshoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn Oregon. This year I was able to capture three generations during one of the sessions. I love that this family gets together once a year for a portrait and hope that the tradition continues.
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This blog is coming a bit late, However I had to share a story that proves sometimes you underestimate children. About a week before Fathers Day this last June there was a knock at my door, I opened it to find my neighbors daughter, thinking she was here for my daughter I started to tell her that my kiddo was not home. She interrupted me and asked if she could hire me to do photos of her and her brother for fathers day. Of course I said yes , she then pulled out her phone and showed me a photo that she had found on Google saying she wanted to do something similar for her dad. We scheduled the day and she got her brothers mom in on the plan so that she could stay the night and her brothers mom would bring them to the photo session. By that time she had bought some letters DAD of course, and a frame for the photos and we set to work.
I am very touched by the thoughtfulness of this little girl. She saved her money to be able to get something her dad would truly enjoy and did it all without him knowing which is a feat in and of itself considering he is a single father and she lives with him!
The below portrait is the end result which she put in the frame she purchased and presented to him on Fathers day.