Being Comfortable in front of the Camera
So, you’ve got the outfits together, you’ve paired them with super cute shoes, and the perfect accessories. That’s a lot to prepare, but there’s one more important thing to consider prepping before your Senior Pictures – your smile. One of the scariest things about shooting with a professional photographer is the fact that you’re most likely not a pro model. But, DON’T WORRY – it’s easy to practice & get good before your shoot. You’ll need a camera phone & a willing friend to take the pictures.
1. You’re gonna want to do a variety of facial expressions at your shoot:
Smirks with Attitude
Romantic Gaze (off into the distance 😉
Big happy Grins
“Sexy” Serious Faces
Quirky & Shy Smiles (…aw, shucks 🙂
2. Then review your practice shots & identify what worked and what didn’t….
Here are some classic pitfalls to watch out for:
Serious Expressions can look MAD if you’re not careful. Usually, putting just a HINT of a smile under the serious face makes it look “fierce”, as Tyra would say.
Big Smiles often look like you’re totally cray-cray. The way to master big beautiful smiles is make sure your eyes don’t squint too much & keep the lips from pulling back too far. We wanna see those teeth – but maybe not ALL of your teeth….hehehe.
Subtle Soft Smiles can sometimes look like you’re confused or unsure of what you’re doing. When doing a Soft Smile, picture someone you have a crush on for the perfect subtle smile.
When you arrive at your shoot
Once you arrive for your session, just let ALL of your practice go. If you put a tiny bit of time in you’ll be able to just be GENUINE & enjoy the shoot. …..and regardless of whether you practice or you’re a natural, you’re in good hands with us!! We’ve worked with & shot hundreds of people who were brand new to the whole experience. In fact, most of the people in our portfolio had never been in front of a professional camera for more than the occasional family photo – – – – and we think they look pretty amazing 🙂 And if you don’t believe us, just check out the pics above of actor Isabella Santana – she’s just getting started with acting & but you wouldn’t know if from these pics!