As the middle of three sisters, I have to say I miss having them around everyday. Sharing wisdom, guidance and giggles with 2 sisters is invaluable – the privilege of growing up together. As a much revered writer on her ‘Did you make that?’ blog and that unique wit of hers, it’s little wonder there’s an active community following her sewing escapades.
It felt really good to be photographing my sister again in Walthamstow. She’s kindly allowed me to share 3 classic mistakes people make in front of the camera – and how to fix them.
Photography is a wonderfully creative medium to arouse memories has no equal ~ Will Cheung
Perfect your appearance
discover how to hold your chin and look fresh in your portraits
Fix 1 – push your chin forward and down
A common myth is to raise your head when having your photograph taken. Unfortunately this doesn’t create a flattering portrait. Try instead to imagine you are a pigeon or turtle – push your ears or forehead up, forward and then down towards your knees or toes. Now go and look in the mirror. This action creates the illusion of depth and elongates the neck. Yes, it feels weird. But the results are surprisingly flattering.
Fix 2 – push your collar bone up and lean over your belt
Mum was a stern task master, “sit up straight” and “mind your manners” was a common refrain. When preparing to have your photograph taken: breathe in, sit up tall and lean slightly over your waist line. Pushing up & forwards from your collar bone will activate your core muscles & banish unflattering slouches.
Fix 3 – shake it out
These images were created in 5 minutes. We had to get back to the car park. Even so you can see Karen is starting to loose patience with me. Listen to the shutter click on the camera. Between each take drop out of your pose. Then repeat the mantra – breathe in, lean forward and chin down. If you want to create relaxed, natural portraits without a grimace, this idea is perfect for you.
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