How to look good in a picture

Common problems in photographs and how to fix them. 

 Problem 

Two-toned face and neck. You sometimes see in photos that your face is white but your neck and chest isn’t-It either looks darker or dirty.
Now girls, fake tan plays a big part in this. We all like to have a little colour. We instantly feel so much happier and confident. But we’ve all seen girls who take it to the extreme!(this is not a good look) This does not look nice in person never mind in photos! Looking back to my school days, I did get a little carried away. I wish someone had pulled me aside and told me how ridiculous I looked! (I have recently tried and loved Skinny Tan and can be purchase from around £20. It is like applying thick body butter, leaving your skin hydrated and smelling amazing!) As a photographer it is so hard photographing someone with bad tan! It is impossible to edit! 

 Fix

 1. Don’t just go for the cheapest, spending a little more money on the right beauty products is an essential. 2. Fake tan mitts are very useful! They help spread tan evenly. 3. If you are going to wear fake tan, take it onto your face, and make sure your foundation is well matched. 4. Less is better. One or two coats is enough! You want to have a natural radiant glow. 4. HANDS!! I see so many girls with orange hands! Use a mitt, there is no other way!

 Problem 

Double chin 

 Fix

 We all seem to do something strange with our necks when it comes to getting our photo taken.
Relax and drop your shoulders! Extend your your neck and slightly push your chin out. Pop your tongue into the roof of your mouth. It will lift the skin underneath your chin.

 Problem 

Squinting.

 Fix

 Yes, we’ve all been court in mid blink. When using flash, on your phone or when a photographer uses flash. People ayes are not use to the flash of light, or even the sound when a photo is taken and lights are triggered. We are then left with squinty face. Close your eyes and get the photographer to count to 3. Open your eyes, then the photographer will take the shot. You will be relaxed and your eyes won’t have time to take in the light and squint. What helps me when I get my photograph taken is making sure I am relaxed. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and concentrated on my thoughts, but still aware of what is around me. 

 Problem 

Unnatural smile.

 Fix 

Waiting around too long for someone to press the button. Any smile looks fake and frozen after 30 seconds. Relax your face completely, more your jaw around then start again.

 Problem 

Blank expression

 Fix 

Throughout a photo shoot, everyone will become dead-eyed. Their expression becomes blank and they look deeply lost in thought. But also they have lost there concentration. You will get this more with young girls. I think this is a photographers job to pick you back up as you won’t relies what you are doing. Tip for photographers. Call your clients name. They will come back down to earth. Directing and talking to your model throughout the shoot will keep them focused, relaxed and concentrated on you. 

 Problem 

Naff Pount 

Fix

 It is perfectly fine to want your lips to look fuller and sexier in pictures. If your like me, I hate to smile on photos. I feel aquard and uncomfortable. So this is my little trick I do all the time! pounting, unless for jokes, looks silly. For a more natural effective way to add fullness is to push your tongue against the inside of your teeth. Slightly push your teeth together and relax your lips. Finish it off with your favourite lipstick with a little lip gloss.


Am i vulnerable?

Hearing that word makes you feel incredibly uncomfortable, or is that just me? My heart stops, I want to curl up in a ball and I begin to feel sick!
Am I good enough? Am I loved? Do I belong? Are you scared to love? I am I failure. I am weak. What will that person think of me? People will laugh at me. I don’t fit in. I am to fat. I am to skinny. I don’t dress well. I have been hurt to many times. I’m scared to trust. I have been through a lot and struggle to deal with the effects. 

I’m sure we’ve heard that gremlin, whispering theses thoughts down out ears more than once! We have all felt these. People have been through difficult and horrific things! Take a stand and take charge! Witch is easier said than done. 

You are imperfect, but you are worthy of love and belonging. 

 ’ Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle of worthiness. But also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love,” - Brene BrownGet your head around that!

I started listening to Brene Brown on TEDTALK. Brene is a professor, author, and powerful storyteller. She has done some amazing research on vulnerability and how to embrace it. I found her talks very intriguing! A 20 minute talk on this subject just wasn’t enough for me! I wanted to know more! I began reading her books and papers on the subject. I became so passionate about it. I started to understand why I would feel the way I felt in different circumstances. Have you ever been hurt or upset by someone? Then you put your safety wall up? Guess what? That wall numbs your vulnerability. By doing that, you numb gratitude, you numb happiness and you numb joy. This explains why we don’t become happier even when our safety wall is up. We then start looking for a purpose and a meaning… then we feel vulnerable.
The feeling of being vulnerable lies at who we are and what we do. It feels risky exposing our ideas, our true emotions and our love for someone. We spend wanting to be ‘perfect.’ Perfectionism is not about self-improvement, it is about earning approval. When we expose our vulnerabilities, we don’t want to be seen as weak or failing, the fear of being shamed publicly. This holds us back, stops us from being innovative and stops us from dreaming big. We stick at things that are easy to reach-we feel less satisfied. If we share an idea, or an image and it does not meet our expectations, we are crushed. We confuse that rejection with personal rejection. If my idea isn’t good enough, then i’m not good enough. We shut down, lose hope, passion and question our ability. We’ve all done this! I no I do. Instead of letting it shut you down, thrive of it! 

 Questioning myself.

 As a photographer, I wanted to find out how creativity expressed vulnerability. I came across two photographers.
Judy Dater says ”I like to express emotions-to have others feel what it is i’m feeling when i’m photography people.” 

 Miles Aldridge did a series of images. Capturing vulnerability of the women ‘overwhelmed by their world.”In the pictures the models have a ’ blank look’ on there faces.”These women aren’t blank because they have nothing to say. They are blank because they’re overwhelmed by their world.” He says. He goes on to say-
”When somebody looks lost in thought they’re vulnerable.”

 *HMMM* I most often have a blank look on my face. I look lost in thought all the time, sometimes I am. But I thought that was because of the type of personality I have. (INFJ) And I photograph people with a blank look or little expression.

So as you could imagine I had questions, questions about myself I did not no the answer to. Does this mean i’m expressing my vulnerability though the people I photograph? If having no emotion on my face (most of the time) does that mean i’m always vulnerable? Why do I photograph the way I do? Why do I use the colours I use? Well, my anxiety!! I began to loose sleep and I new I could at any time, brake down. 

 Time we embrace the fact we need to be vulnerable. 

I am slowly answering my questions. Instead of feeling a hole heep of emotions, I am excited! I get excited when I find out little facts and peace them together in my puzzle.

* Certain personality types may be able to withstand more pressure, whereas others will buckle under less pressure. (introvert/extrovert)

 *My photographic style is a result of what I find aesthetically pleasing, yet a way to express introversion and a lack of emotion, to take pictures of people in their most vulnerable state. 

* Colours have meanings. (I hate, and panic when using a white backdrop, yet any other colour i am fine with)
I am dealing with a hole load of other things that make me vulnerable. 

By letting go, your creative mind begins to open up, you want to experiment through expression. You get a hole lot of new passion and excitement!
Dare to be vulnerable
Open yourself up. What are your Vulnerabilities? Find out what situations make you feel vulnerable. Understand what makes you experience this fear. Trust me, it opens things up. You feel out of control and uncomfortable. Until I realised my fears, (and it isn’t just to do with my work practise but they do effect my work practise) I was held hostage. I couldn’t move forward.
Remember, this is a slow prosess. It is hard. Maybe having someone to talk to, is a good idea. (not good, bringing emotions and things from the past up and going through it alone!)
There is power in embracing your vulnerability. It means letting go—letting go of failed relationships, failed projects, and anything in your past. Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. Owning our stories and loving ourselves though that process. Remember, we are all imperfect, but we are worthy of love and belonging!

With Love

Gabriella x


HELLO my name is..

Hi! I’m Gabriella, but your can also call me Gabby or Gab. (What ever you prefer to call me, i’ll answer to all three). 

 I am 20 years old, a huge day dreamer, (living in my own little world of hidden meanings and possibilities) a romantic and get very passionate with things what grab and consume my attention. I’m not much of a reader, to be honest I hate reading unless it’s something really interesting and I want to know more!   ( I really want to tell you what I am reading at the moment, but I will leave it to another blog post). I am a introvert, I don’t give much away. I would say i’m quiet. I wouldn’t say I’m a shy person, but I do get shy. (but we all do don’t we).

I am in my second year at Blackpool and Fylde University, studying photography. I would love to see my work in VOGUE in the future!! Ahhh, I have big dreams. 

 I think it is super important that I am professional but also personal with you guys! I will be writing about photography, images, projects, sharing mood boards etc.. but I am a girl, and I love girly thing. And I get passionate about things, sometimes obsess, and struggle. (I will explain this in another post) I also find things so interesting and i really want to share them with other people. (mostly girls) and Facebook just isn’t the best place for this.

I want to tell you all so much, but I really would go on. Basically I want to be more personal with you on this blog, is so you see the way I work, what goes through my mind ( 10,000 things), how I get to A - B, and how things influence me and my work. But also I want to influence and inspire you. 

 With Love

Gabriella x

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