Luckily there are 3 ways to minimize the self inflicted pain of having your picture taken so you can finally enjoy those moments and say to yourself I don't hate being photographed.
Practice Facial Expressions
If you want your biceps to look big you have to lift weights. If you want your photographic moment to look unique and truthful you have to practice facial expressions. That is why I have a photographic exercise I make my clients do during their session which totally throws them off their game. I call it the Funny Angry Cute/Calm Excited and Sad exercise or FACES for short. That is right I have them make a funny face, angry face, cute or calm face, excited face and sad face. Why? Because once a client sits in my chair they automatically think they should start to smile... Survey says WRONG! in fact I could care less if you smile or not because whenever you tell someone to smile both sides of the lip muscle rises up into an awkward arc shape that resemble constipation. So, in order to keep my clients from being constipated (so to speak) I make them go through the F.A.C.E.S exercise first so that they get out of their head and stop thinking so I can take a great shot of them. Here are my F.A.C.E.S
Take Self Portraits
Do you have an ipad, iphone, blackberry, or even a camera phone? If you don't then just pull out your digital camera and take a lot of photos of yourself especially right before a photo taking season like the holidays. Don't worry you can delete them when you are done analyzing them and if you are worried that someone will hack your device and post those horrible unwanted photos on the web... think again, you just aren't famous enough yet :). Taking self portraits in different situations helps you learn to fix the things you don't like seeing in the photo. Wether it's the angle you position your face or the curve in the angle of your nose that bothers you, taking a lot of self portraits throughout the year will make it a lot easier to set up your shot when someone in the crowd turns and says, "hey get together I want to take a picture of everyone."
Just Say F**k It
Have you seen your license and passport photo lately? Were you the deer in the headlights during the holiday family photo? If you think those are bad take a look at your high school graduation photo. Trust me both you and I hope to God those hairstyles don't come back. However the truth is that nobody really cares. Life moves forward wether you look great in the photo or not and sometimes, if you are brave enough, you can use it for a conversation piece. I one time asked a girl out on a date by showing her my horrid license photo and using a cheesy made up oneliner. This is what I said.
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2/13/2012 02:53:19 am
Thank you for tips!
2/13/2012 02:54:51 am
You are welcome Fanny
2/13/2012 03:01:58 am
Can you offer any tips for a droppy eyelid? My right is sensitive to the light and my eye seems droopy... Almost looks like I have a lazy eye :o( could you offer any tips to take a better picture or how to prep myself for a better picture, Thxs Jai.
2/13/2012 03:39:49 am
Drooping eyes happen a lot. More than you think. One side of every body part has a bit of imperfection. With eyes you want to practice keeping that eye open wider in the mirror before you know you are going to get your photo taken. If it's impromptu then just stretch the eye open indiscreetly for a few seconds. That should help. As for preparing for a better picture you really need to practice getting your photo taken. Ask yourself what don't you like. If it's an angle you hate then turn slightly. If it's your waistline then twist to appear thinner. If it's your drooping eye then try above until you get it right. It takes time but if you know you are going to have to get your photo taken you will be better prepared if you take a few minutes and practice. I hope this helps.
2/13/2012 03:13:26 am
I've always loved getting my picture taken. I think I'm vain like that : P
2/13/2012 03:35:20 am
I love getting my photo taken as well. There is nothing wrong with a little healthy vanity from time to time.
2/13/2012 03:47:51 am
Good tips, as of now I hate taking self portraits, I don't look that good.
2/13/2012 03:51:47 am
I bet once you do it a few times you will start to see that you do look better than you think.
2/13/2012 06:04:47 am
I guess I would have to be considered one of those people who doesn't especially like getting his photo taken. Whenever I do the forced smile I get major crow's feet beside my eyes.
2/13/2012 06:36:36 am
I hate to break this to you but crows feet usually means age. I should know :)
2/13/2012 10:07:09 am
Haha... Good job.
2/13/2012 10:11:45 pm
That tends to be my favorite tips on a lot of things. :)
2/15/2012 12:07:06 am
The only self portraits I have of myself are on an id-badge!
2/15/2012 02:46:54 am
They are tough to take but it is fun after a while.
2/17/2012 12:58:03 am
I agree. Sometimes life is like that too.
2/19/2012 03:16:46 am
Hmmm, I've never practiced making/taking my own facial expressions before. It's always just the same old smile. I'll give it a go! Glad your wife is good looking!
2/19/2012 04:34:41 am
At first it's awkward and then it's addicting. I love taking my own photo which helps self direct when I am producing a video. I have one in the works now.
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