How To Look Natural In Photos

“As I started the session clicking away, my client dipped into some sort of slow, trance-like Asian fan dance as if she was one of those beautiful Asian movie warriors who before you knew it had a sword to your throat.”

I had to take a moment to stop because I had never experienced such a natural model and it took me aback! Normally I spent the first half hour or so coaching a client to do just this. 

I asked her what she was doing and she shared that she had done a photoshoot recently for another project and that the other photographer had 1. offered her and her business partner some alcohol prior to the shoot (ok, brilliant) and 2. had shown her how to very naturally flow through modeling. 

This natural “modeling” is no more than a light to medium smile with gentle, SLOW movements. Very slowly tilting the head while turning toward your good side and maintaining eye contact with the camera (not the photographer). Bring a hand to your face. Lightly brush away a hair. Look down then look up.  

The shoot is not a set of freeze-frames, it is a flowing dance.

Laugh when the photographer makes you laugh and stay in that laughing moment while they snap away. This is part of the process, you don’t have to stuff your laughter and get back to “modeling” ASAP. Keep the shoot organic as if you are just hanging out.

A really amazing photo shoot my husband and I had in Paris with photographer Catherine O’Hara felt like a romantic tour of the city. It ended with Catherine telling us where to get a yummy hot chocolate the next day and for my husband to take me to Louis Vuitton for a true Parisian experience. Oh thank you, Catherine.

In photos with more than one person, interact with each other. The photographer will catch all the candid moments. Stay in the moment of the eye contact, jokes and love. Talk to your kids. Look into your husband’s eyes and say, “Your hair is sticking straight up.”  Your husband will leave saying, “That wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.” Your family will look forward to the next shoot.

If you are waiting for, “1…2…3…SAY CHEESE,” then that’s how you’re going to look in the photos. 

It’s ok, no one is going to think you are a self involved diva if you look great in these photos. Everyone is pulling for that! The sooner you get into your fan dance, the more great images you are going to have to choose from! 

Let me know how this goes for you!

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