Learn from a stylist's mistakes: 5 tips to look and feel amazing in photos and LIFE
My engagement photos, taken by the very talented Phillip Thomas, are finally here...and I'm in LOVE!! Literally. I mean, just look at that absolutely smitten face!
I'll be honest with you, up until recently, I hated getting my picture taken.
The thought of being at an important event where there would be photos or even having a branded photoshoot for my personal styling business, filled my chest with tremendous amounts of anxiety and dread.
I'd have to credit this fear to my less than stellar photo taking history. Let's just say my past experience with photographs has been, in a word...terrible. Take a look for yourself....
Though I tried my hardest to be stylish, there was always something very off about how I looked in photos, for example, this photo taken at a holiday event with my family (to the left). As you can see, a complete pants betrayal occurred as I sport a huge glaring, golden, and glittering CAMEL TOE. The piece of clothing that I thought was so cool when I bought it (early 2000 crazy bottoms!!) is now immortalized in a captured image for eternity.
If this is how I looked in the photo, how had I been looking the entire day? Seriously, the horror.
Thankfully, over the years between experience and learned styling expertise, I can with confidence say I have finally cracked the code on how to look and feel amazing for photos, and most importantly, LIFE!
Reap the rewards from my past mistakes and absorb these valuable photo taking tips on how to look and feel amazing for your next big life event!
5 tips to look and feel amazing in photos and LIFE
COMFORT OR BUST
Have you ever worn an outfit that felt uncomfortable and it ended up putting a damper on your entire day/evening? Having to constantly fidget/pull on clothes, stressing about sitting down, and feeling uncomfortable in your skin-- is the worst. The bottom line is when you're out meeting with friends, enjoying a dinner out, or having photographs taken, you shouldn't be thinking about your clothing, in fact it should be the exact opposite, it shouldn't even cross your mind. That way you can be completely focused on: enjoying time with the people around you, making a fabulous impression, or getting things done like boss babe you are. It's not enough to look great, you also have to feel great. When you're comfortable in what you are wearing, you're free to live life to the fullest and be 100% YOU!
These two outfits were being heavily considered as contenders for my engagement photo session. I even took a poll from my bridesmaids, asking their favorite looks, and the patterned dress won, hands down. However, I didn't feel comfortable sitting down in the dress or the skirt, and even though I looked great, I decided to eliminate them both and opt for a look I felt amazing in too.
I absolutely adore this shot of Clayton and I never would have been comfortable taking it if I had worn either of the outfit options above! Instead, I went for one of my tried and true favorites, my leather fringe skirt, which allowed me to easily move and sit. I also just love the way the fringe looks in this shot! 100% the right call!
KNOW WHAT FLATTERS YOUR FRAME
I'll never forget how mortified I was after seeing my college graduation day photos. It had been such a joyous, exciting day with all my friends and family there cheering me on. I was so proud of myself for what I had accomplished, I couldn't wait to get the photos back, but when I saw them my heart sank. I had no idea my outfit was so unflattering, nor had I given any thought that I would be wearing black graduation gown! With the knowledge I have now of understanding my petite figure, I would have worn an open neckline and heels, allowing skin to show and bringing balance and correct proportion to my frame. When you understand your body, you can purchase the correct styles, cuts, and fabrics of clothing to compliment it and never have issues like the one I had ever again!
I was so excited about wearing my new black lace turtleneck and leather knee high boots for my college graduation day. A photo I should look back on with fond memories now holds so much regret!
Not willing to make the same mistake twice, I chose the most flattering pieces/outfit for my petite frame. I'm showing off my best assets (my legs!) and made sure to wear something with an open neck line. I'm so elated I had the knowledge of what looks best on me for this milestone moment in my life.
Here, I'm wearing a sheer top that gives the illusion of an open neckline and my favorite leather fringe skirt to show off my legs! I will cherish this photo with the love of my life forever and will soon be proudly hanging it on the walls of our home. 0 regrets!!!!