I had a wonderful day out with my DIL on Thursday, and she snapped some photos for me on the streets in a neighboring town. The sun was shining so bright, which is great if you are out enjoying yourself, but it isn’t so great if you are trying to take photos. Remember this in the future; bright sunlight can create harsh shadows and make your photos less than optimum. To take a great photo, you need deferred sunlight.
Here are just a few tips for looking your best in photos. If you are in your house or car, face a window with plenty of sunlight, but not shining on you directly. That type of light creates the BEST photo opportunities. You see me stand under my porch almost every day, and that is because I am facing the diffused lighting, and it doesn’t create those harsh shadows. Experiment with your angles. There are times when we will take a test photo with me facing in all of the directions to see which way has the best lighting. Then there are other times when the lighting isn’t great, but we have to stand in that direction to not have crap in the background. Photos of a person, versus photos of a landscape, look better in a portrait mode. That means that the background is fuzzy or muted. Look at the photo above, and then look at the photo below to see the difference. Experiement and have fun, but take the photos! Don’t be like me when I was younger and hide your face. Now I regret not having the photos to look back on my life.
Having some space between your body and your arms is also a great way to have you looking your best in photos. This is one of my favorite clothing purchases that I’ve made from Amazon, and that is saying a lot! But, I love the colors of this cardigan, and I love the longer length. I am once again wearing a color block sweater cardigan, but it looks different since it is larger blocks of color spread out over a longer item. This sweater is a fine gauge material, and you can see that in a close up of the sweater down below. I am wearing a medium in this cardigan, and it is plenty roomy, and a little of the big side. So, if you are teetering between sizes, then I would suggest sizing down.
I have on a lot of jewelry in today’s look. I love the layered look, and the Davis Multi-Chain necklace makes that easy for me. Plus, one of the reasons that I like this necklace so much is because it is also versatile. Each of the chains can be removed from the necklace and worn alone, or the necklace can have two chains instead of three. The large earrings are the Maggie filigree hoops earrings, and these earrings also come in a smaller version. I added the matching Maggie bangle, which has been a bracelet that you see me wear all of the time! The large chain Beckett bracelet is part of the Amazon Prime Day sale, and it is 20% off, so grab that if you’ve been eyeing it.
Laugh! Laughing is a great way to keep looking your best in photos. I read once that Barbara Walters said that she also laughed out loud before having photos taken. I’m not sure that is true, but laughing does make you look better.
Here is the photo that I was trying to show you the material of the sweater. You can see that this is a nice weight sweater and that it is a fine gauge material. This looks like a high-end sweater, in my opinion.
Now, let me tell you about the Vince Camuto Crossbody handbag that I am carrying in some photos. This bag is the perfect size for carrying all of your essentials, and this seashell color is a great neutral that will go with everything. The bag is lambskin, so you know how soft and subtle it is. This is the perfect handbag to carry when you are out shopping or on the go.
I wanted to wear a dark-colored skinny jean with this cardigan, so these high-rise skinnies in the color Deep Lagoon Indigo was a perfect choice. However, if you’ve ever worn skinny jeans, you know that they are not easy to put on or take off as some other jeans. I shared the picture below on Instagram yesterday, and everyone got a kick out of it.
This is me changing clothing between photo sessions in the vehicle. Lol! Being a blogger is not as glamorous as it looks!
These pointed-toe chunky heel ankle boots look fabulous with the jeans. The boots are the perfect style for the jeans’, and the 3 1/4″ stacked heels are comfortable, even if they are tall. The boots have a 4 1/2 shaft, which gives them a higher profile than a lot of ankle boots. That would make them great for wearing with cropped pants also. The boots run true to size, and I am wearing my usual size 9 in the color Cloud Suede.
The last tip to have you looking your best in photos…point one leg. When you have one leg extended, it looks thinner. Also, if it is hiding part of the other leg, you create a slimmer profile. Be sure to tell me what you think about my simple tips for taking a photo. And if you try these tips and they work for you, please let me know. And, if you are feeling brave, send me a photo so that I can celebrate with you.
Notice in this photo that I am facing the diffused light, and the dark circles under my eyes disappear. Lighting makes a huge difference!
I hope that you enjoyed today’s post. My week is crazy busy, especially since I am taking some time on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to enjoy the “virtual” R+F Convention. Normally, I would be off somewhere celebrating with a lot of my R+F friends, but that didn’t get to happen this year. However, that doesn’t mean that I will not be celebrating; it will just be a much smaller circle. My Energizer Bunny Friend and my DIL will be coming to my house on Thursday night, and then we will be at EBF’s house Friday and Saturday. I can’t wait to hear all the fantastic speakers, including Jay Shetty!!! Plus, on Friday night, the latest innovative product(s) will be announced. That is when it truly gets exciting!
I need some suggestions for an easy, but fancy meal that I can serve Thursday night. If you have a tried and true dinner, please fork over the details!!! I would appreciate the help, and I’ll be going to the store later today to grab ingredients.
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