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 →
When Joanna contacted me to do her maternity portraits you could say I was a little excited. The location that she wanted to use was one of my favorites and she wanted to do an evening shoot which meant BEAUTIFUL golden light. We met up and in true me fashion I introduced myself and asked their names and made sure to tell them I am horrible with names (starting the session off with a laugh at my expense 🙂 ) we started out in front of a small waterfall and on the stone stairs that lead down the near the Oregon City elevator and then worked our way back up to the yard at the Mclaughlin House. I then made the suggestion that we use our remaining time to go over to the Promenade and I am quite happy that they said yes! The light on the bluff was even more amazing! I hope you enjoy these photos of this glowing mama to be and amazing daddy to be as much as I enjoyed taking them!
If you have any questions about maternity portraits you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My full photography portfolio can be found on my facebook page.
Need engagement photos? How about Family portraits? Or even senior photos, but dont have a huge budget? I can help!
DellaMort Photography is offering mini sessions for 90 dollars to celebrate the Valentines Day holiday.
Valentines Day Mini Sessions
30-45 min session
5 images on a CD with reprint rights
Choose one of 5 different locations
up to 4 people
(each addl person is an additional 10 dollar session fee)
All images in an online gallery for proofing and print purchase.
Location Choices: Memorial Park, Wilsonville. Molalla River state park, Canby. Clackamette Park, Oregon City. Cross Park, Gladstone. George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego.
*Session must be booked before 2/14/14 and scheduled before 3/1/14 to receive mini session pricing. Non refundable 30 dollar deposit due at time of booking. remaining balance due at the time of session. Session can be used for any type of portraits except Newborn.* If you are interested in booking one of my mini sessions please checkout my facebook , my website or use my Contact me form.
Last sunday I got to photograph one of the most smiley happy babies I have ever seen. His mama wanted to get some pudgy baby pictures and I was only too happy to oblige. We had a great time right up until dad got home. At which point little mr S decided he had had enough and just wanted some daddy time. To mom and dad I just want to say thank you for inviting me into your home and letting me help you capture this moment in time that does not last nearly long enough.
I had the honor this weekend of getting to take newborn portraits of an adorable little boy. He was amazing through the whole session and only cried when we tried to put a hat on him that was a tad to small. Needless to say that hat came off pretty quickly and then he was happy again. We were able to get several wide awake baby pictures, During this time I tried to get some of the really cute propped up baby pictures however found that this did not work so well when the little man was awake. He was just a bit to wiggly. I had a lot of fun with this shoot since I love babies ( but who doesn’t) and getting to hold and coo with one while taking pictures is amazing. We did most of the photo ession inside in his nursery so that he would remain warm and secure in his surroundings and I think this worked out quite well. There was a large window that allowed plenty of natural light and I also used my fill flash to make sure that we didn’t have many harsh shadows. We did Head outside for some family portraits and the little guy promptly fell asleep but that was ok once we got back inside I was able to try and get the propped up baby portrait again and it worked much better. the center picture below is what came out of the little sleeping man. If you have any questions or would like to book a Photo session with me please contact me at email@example.com or on Facebook .
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed taking them. For more info on portrait pricing or packages please see my Facebook page or http://www.dellamortphotography.com.