7 Simple Ways to be More Photogenic in Photos

I feel like most people  want to look as good as possible in photos whether professionally or in selfies.  Even the most well known movie stars hit their angles on the red carpet.  So here are some tips for getting the most flattering shots and conveying the right message for your business.poses

1. Avoid Camera Distortion-  I have no idea how selfies became so popular, because they are so distorting to your features.  On iPhone the video lens is different than the camera lens and less distorting.  Instead of the regular selfie, find a flat surface to prop your phone on and record yourself.  Pose slowly so you can capture a screen grab.  (Professional photographers have specific lenses for different size photos to avoid distortion.)

2.¬†Avoid tight headshots- if you are self conscious of your face,¬† always get at least your upper torso in the shot, so that you can’t see every little detail.¬† (Professional photographers can edit out skin imperfections like acne, and direct you into more flattering angles.)¬† Create length in the body and space between the extremities, like the commonly used hand on the hip.

 

3.Do something – don’t just stand there, for full body shots (this helps you look more natural and focus less on the person taking your photo).¬† Yogis have it easy, you can do a yoga pose.¬† Sitting down is often more comfortable on the ground or in a chair.¬† (Professional Photographers should have a slew of poses to direct you into.)

4.Practice your angles–¬† Have you ever noticed movie stars on the red carpet striking a pose or sitting a particular way when they give an interview?¬† They are coached in how to make themselves look good and they practice it.¬† I had a client that was amazing at smiling naturally on command and I complimented her on it, she said she had wanted good wedding photos and had practiced a lot.¬† You can practice too.¬† Smiling and angles in the mirror and record yourself on the phone.

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5. Pick an intention- There are 3 common intentions that weather or not they are aware people make.¬† Happy=big smile. Sexy =duck lips and smize.¬† I give up =people who make¬† a weird face or just seem not to care because they think they aren’t photogenic (I have been guilty of this, until I started¬†practicing.¬† ¬†I direct other people well, now I direct myself.)

This is especially helpful for business photos,¬†if you are your own brand I’m assuming you’re probably going for an intention something along the lines of happy, warm, assertive trust worthy.¬† Focus more on making¬†your intention¬†come across in your photos than being nit picky about yourself.¬†Click here from post I did about using body language in your photos.

6. Focus on the positive- Have you ever heard the zen expression where the mind goes the energy flows?  It works, instead of thinking about your flaws think about the positive areas of your body you like.  It will trick your brain into thinking more positively about yourself.

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7. Wear colors that make you look good -and clean clothes that you feel comfortable in.¬† The better you think you look and the more comfortable you are the easier that will be to come across in camera.¬† (Side note if you want to look like people who have great hair and makeup, go get your hair and make up done before the shoot, I know this sounds simple, but it’s true. Don’t forget your jewelry, this one thing I personally forget and can make a big difference for headshots.)

8. What makes you feel good?- Do something you like before the shoot to boost your confidence and happy attitude.

9. Smize- Smiling with your eyes as Tyra Banks says.¬† But it’s true, when you get¬†those laugh¬†wrinkles on the sides of¬† your eyes crinkled up, that’s how people know your actually happy.¬†¬†It is one of the easiest ways to know if someone is¬†faking a¬†smile.

 

Flyers that Fill a Workshop

**Note**The flyer below is a mock up I made, so this workshop does not¬†exist.¬† When I talk about this flyer, I’m describing a flyer that would be put up in a coffee shop/yoga studio type place.¬† If you are using your flyer digitally you would have a lot¬† more options of explaining more and having your flyer digitally link up, but you will still want to have all the information talked about below.¬†¬† I also highly recommend anything you put up digitally that you also add city and state, because your flyer might end up far away in the ethers.¬† This post is not a guarantee, but will help:)

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a. Keep your title simple and descriptive.  You can use alliteration (using the same first letter of a word multiple times.)  Remember that the more specific a word can either include or disclude a group of potential students.  Like using the word Anahata or Heart Chakra or Heart Opening or Self Love.

b. Try to make your photo as clear, clean, professional descriptive as possible, because it may be the first and only thing people look at on your flyer.¬†¬† Out of the three photos below what do you think the descriptive photo for a restorative yoga flyer would be?¬† They’re all “ok” but one is more descriptive than the others and if you were interested in restorative yoga, you would be more prone (no pun intended)¬†to take a second glance.

Getting a high quality photo for your workshop, instantly makes people think your workshop is higher quality.  If you do the workshop a lot I would definitely invest in a higher quality image, because it can be used on the flyer, social media and newsletters.

c. Since this flyer is going in a coffee shop type place, don’t use paragraphs of texts that are too small for people to read and the average person doesn’t want to read that much even in their inbox.¬† Stick to three main things that people are going to learn or find interesting at your workshop.¬† Make sure to leave your website, so people can contact you and they can look at more detailed information.

d.  Basic Info.  do not forget these!!!!

Full Location: Studio/Building Name, number address, city

Time: Start and End

Day: Day of the Week (Tuesday) Calendar Day (17th) Month (January)

Price and any specific details that go with that: $35 (goes up on a day, must pay ahead of time, price change at door, will be canceled if not a certain amount of people, must pay in cash ext. )

e. Professional headshot that is clearly, presently, recognizably you.¬† Your qualifications relevant to workshop.¬† 2-3 sentence bio.¬† This part is just to let people know who’s teaching.¬† They can go to your website to get more info about you.¬† Bonus tip, when both your hands are in your photo, people subconsciously trust you more.

Ok you’ve read all this, made an amazing flyer and ¬†told the entire city.¬† Have a great workshop!

2017 Photography Overview

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Wow!¬† I can not believe how much has happened in 2017.¬† I got to go to New York for the first time to attend Brooke Shaden’s ¬†Promoting Passion 2017 Conference.¬† I got to meet so many amazing photographers¬†(presenters and attendees)¬†and go to their workshops.¬† The conference is always so inspiring, it does have¬† focus toward fine art photography, but I infuse what I learn in my yoga photos¬†to make them stand out.

 

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Buffalo NY Forest at Conference

 

 

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2017 allowed me to work with a lot of amazing people, doing photo shoots all over Northern Colorado.  It never ceases to amaze me the things I learn and the stories I hear when I take photos of people, whether I know them or have never met them before.  It is so much fun, being outside in nature, taking photos that capture the real person.

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I am grateful to the people who have encouraged me to make  break through in my style and embrace the sparkle and colors that I am so drawn to.  This year I did a lot of experimental shoots and it has been so fun!  I am grateful for the happy client feedback I have gotten when we try something new at the end of a shoot, after we made sure to get all the other photos we were going for.

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I feel going into 2018 I have gotten a lot more clear on my future vision as a photographer and where I want the business to go, which makes me very happy and frees me up to be able to put even more attention and magic into these goals.¬† I will be sharing more in detail about this in a¬† later post but, I’ve already kept you here long enough:)

If you would like to be apart of my 2018 photos, click here to book an appointment or ask a question. Prices and Frequently asked Questions.

Instagram: @niightwind

Facebook:  everything yoga photo.com

 

 

Create your own Stock Photography

overlay newA lot of businesses use stock photography, especially big businesses.¬† But most yoga businesses are small and local businesses, that will¬†benefit more from photos of there actual business.¬† But that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own by working with a photographer, using you, your studio and the other teachers.¬† Not only will having¬†more personal stock photos help attract clients, but will also give you¬†filler photos¬†to use that you¬†will have legal rights over. This means that instead of pulling random photos off the internet, that if used improperly or with out permission could get you some big fines.

Some characteristics of stock photos are faces not showing, person too far away to see and certain details accented over others.  Here are some examples.

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Shri Studios Longmont

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Restorative Yoga Photo Session

I really liked doing this shoot because I had this idea of some type of photo that gave the idea of a safe, grounding, nest area after finding this space. I had considered going there and doing a Fine Art self portrait, but then I got the chance to do this shoot with Shauna Hylenski the founder of Shri Studios in Longmont.  She was so patient as I got different angles of the poses and she joked after that she got a nice yoga session in during the shoot.

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Strength and Balance Photo Session with: Christi Sulivan

This was such a fun photo shoot with Christi Sullivan, Yoga Teacher and Owner of Loveland Yoga and Core Fitness.¬† I had been wanting do a shoot like this with lots of rock structures to enhance the feeling of strength and stability. Really echoing Christi’s Strength & Booty Yoga Classes.¬† The clouds kept covering up the sun an uncovering again, but it allowed for some great shots.

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Finding Movement, Yoga Photo Shoot with: Taylor Trimarco

Wow!  We took a lot of shots in this beautiful location in Loveland that I had found about a month earlier.  Taylor is very bendy and I got some photos of advanced asanas I had never seen in person, as well as some hoop shots.  The fall foliage was perfect even though the beginning of the shoot was pretty chilly.  You can find out more about Taylors classes and workshops on Facebook.

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