7 Ways to Look Better in Photos

Everyone has a handful of unflattering photos that they don’t particularly like looking at, and what’s worse is that most of our photos end up online for everyone to see.

Unless you’re a model, it’s not always easy to know exactly what to do in front of a camera in order to look your best. but with a few helpful tips, you can start taking better photos starting today.

Here are some tips that will come in handy the next time you find yourself in front of a camera.52437_ 2018.09.23_SEN_Potoker

  1. Eyes wide open.Close your eyes and open them just before the photo is taken. This will ensure that you don’t end up with half-closed eyes ever again.
  2. Goodbye double chin.Want to prevent a double chin? Simply press your tongue against the roof of your mouth when smiling for a photo. Celebrities such as Heidi Klum are big fans of this simple technique.46501_2018.08.18_WED_Hutchinson
  3. Angles are always better.Facing the camera head on almost always leads to an unflattering photo. It’s best to angle your body and tilt your chin slightly upwards for a more flattering pose. Placing one hand on your hip will also ensure that your arm doesn’t look flat.
  4. Up high.If someone who’s shorter than you is taking your photo, sit down if possible as shots taken from above are more flattering.55615_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter-2
  5. Keep it different.Taking a group shot? Make sure that you don’t all pose the same way. Different poses ensure everyone stands out and makes for an interesting shot.
  6. Relax that face.Want to achieve a more natural smile? Relax your face and then smile just before your photo is taken.38772_2018.04.26_DAN_Wynes
  7. Perfect your posture.Having good posture makes all the difference in a photo so be mindful of whether you’re standing up straight with relaxed shoulders before the photo is taken.

The key to taking better photos is to implement small changes and to practice them often. Don’t overthink it though, as this will show up in your face. Relax and have fun!

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5 Tips for Rocking Your Outdoor Photo Session

Whether you’re shooting a new family portrait or you’ve just gotten engaged, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to selecting an outdoor setting for your shoot.

If you’ve never done an outdoor photo session before though, there are a few things that you should know if you want to truly enjoy the experience and get the best possible photos.

Here are a few useful tips that you can use for your upcoming outdoor session:36179_2018.01.31_glam_walker

  1. Timing is everything.When it comes to outdoor photo sessions, lighting is everything, and you will always have the best lighting around 20 minutes after sunrise or before sunset. This is called the Golden Hour. If possible, aim to have your shoot during this period. If this is not possible, choose a location that does offer some shade should the light become too harsh.
  2. Think twice about your outfit.When deciding on an outfit for your shoot, keep the theme of the shoot as well as the location in mind. It’s important that your outfit doesn’t look out of place.55490_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter
  3. Start with the basics first.While having an outdoor shoot leaves you with endless creative possibilities, start with some basic shots first and get creative from there. Chat with your photographer about some of your ideas if you’re not sure.
  4. Add some color.If your shoot is taking place in winter, incorporate some beautiful pops of color using clothing or props to liven up your photos. Autumn, spring and summer don’t usually require as much color since your backdrop will bring in a lot of character all on its own.54439_ 2018.09.27_ENG_Benson
  5. Preparation is key. To avoid any unwanted surprises, it’s important to visit your desired location ahead of time to make sure that it’s the right fit for your shoot and to pick out a few spots for your photos. It’s also helpful to bring an extra set of clothes, especially if your shoot will include children as you never know when you may need to change.

An outdoor photo session will leave you with beautiful, unique photos that you can treasure for a lifetime and are the perfect addition to your photo wall at home.

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Best Natural Backdrops for a Photo Shoot

There are plenty of reasons to shoot outdoors for any portrait shoot. You have the natural lighting, the weather that can enhance the mood, and the simply picturesque scenery. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or the suburbs there are plenty of natural backdrops you can use during your photo session if you know where or what to look for. Consider these top natural backdrops when scouting out a location for your next shoot.

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  1. Wooded areas

Shooting in the woods can be a little more challenging than with other natural backdrops but it is well worth the challenge. If your shoot is on a cloudy day than you have the perfect lighting to take some amazing portraits. If it’s a sunny day than you can creatively capture the rays of light coming through the treetops. In either case, you will have stunning images that will be a little mysterious yet beautiful

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  1. Sea, Beach or Lakes

If you are lucky enough to live near the water than you have an amazing backdrop for your photo shoot just waiting for you. These locations are some of the best because they tend to look different with each session. Since the tides are always changing, the weather may be different and the light is cast in various colors you can have a unique location every time you shoot.

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  1. Fields

In the spring and summer time, you can’t go wrong shooting in a field of flowers. They can add pops of color to your shoot and can capture a whimsical or fairytale mode perfectly. While fields of flowers can be colorful, cotton fields can also add a whimsical touch to your photo shoot. Shooting as the sun is going down will allow you to capture the light and buds of the field.

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  1. Sunset

No matter where you end up shooting capturing the sunset is always a perfect backdrop. From the orange and pink colors reflecting off the water to the golden rays dancing on flowers petals or through treetops, sunset is one of the most picture-perfect settings to capture.

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How to Achieve the Best Lighting in Every Photo Session

Of the many aspects that play an important role in achieving the perfect shot, lighting is among the top 10. Light can change the mood of a photo completely, adding depth and contrast to each shot.53634_2018.09.22_WED_Haughey

In order to ensure that you always achieve the best possible lighting before you start shooting, follow these tips:

  1. Understand your camera.Your camera was designed to help you take the best possible shots in different locations and situations so it helps to go through your camera’s settings in order to understand how you can still take good photos in low light scenarios.If you’re unsure, just place the camera on auto mode.52211_2018.09.17_SEN_Elliot
  2. Consider your location. You will always get the best natural light by shooting outdoors but good light can be found indoors too. Choose a spot near a window or door where there is natural light streaming in. A subject that is lit from the side makes for some lovely photos.
  3. Light direction plays a role.If you know that you’ll be shooting outside, try and find a shaded area as this will provide even lighting on your subjects as opposed to dappled lighthing. You also don’t want your subjects to be squinting so make sure the sun is not directly behind you when you’re taking photos. With that being said, if you’re outside in the sun with limited alternatives, adding some sunglasses could be a good fix. 52085_2018.09.16_SEN_Smith
  4. Choose the right time of day.If possible, choose to shoot earlier or later in the day to take advantage of the best natural light. This is, of course, most applicable if you’re shooting outside.Try taking advantage of “the golden hour” which is 15-20 minutes before and after sunset.
  5. Pay attention to the weather.An overcast day often provides some really great lighting because the clouds act like a filter for the sun.
  6. Keep your flash handy.While using your flash is not always ideal, it definitely has its place and you should always keep it handy if you want to have a good backup lighting option available to you.49035_2018.08.29_POR_Schaul

Overall, when it comes to achieving the best possible light, planning is key. Visit Third Eye Photography to book your next event!

Top 3 Tips for Choosing a Frame

Chances are you have flash drives scattered around filled with images and your computer and phones are full of memories from birthdays, vacations and other special events in your life. While many of these images can stay safely stored away there is a handful that you might love to have to hang on the walls in your home so you can look at them regularly and reminisce. Most people tend to put off hanging their favorite photos simply because they aren’t sure of what frame is best to show off these memories. Consider these tips when selecting your frame.

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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Frame:

  1. Consider the image you are framing.

From the colors in the image to the sentiment behind the image, you want to choose a frame that will complete the smaller details of the image. Images that are vibrant and colorful can be best paired with a neutral frame to balance it out. Other color prints can be paired with a colored frame that brings out one of the colors in the image. Black and white images can also draw in more attention with a colored frame. Images that are black and white from a special event might, however, be best in a black or white frame to enhance the elegance.

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  1. Consider where you are hanging the photo.

The room where you are hanging your photo should also be considered. You want to make sure the frame you choose coordinates with the rest of the color scheme and style of the room. You want the photos to accent the room décor and not just stand out as a distraction.

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  1. Quality of the frame matters.

Frames are not just meant to decorate a room, a frame is also meant to keep the image well protected. Going with a high quality frame will protect the image from a number of outside elements like moisture, light, and dirt. For images that you want to truly preserve and enjoy for a lifetime, you should place in a frame that is of the highest quality.

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How to Capture Amazing Photos With Your Special Someone

There’s something so fun and magical about capturing moments with your partner. When a couple is happy and in love, you don’t need any special formula to create beautiful photos as their feelings will shine through, but if you do want to try something different and really make your photos unique, here are a few photo ideas:

46558_2018.08.18_WED_HutchinsonMake the location special

As a couple, it’s very likely that you have a location or spot that’s unique and special to you. This could be the park bench where you shared your first kiss or the theme park where you had your first date. If possible, arrange for your photos to be taken at this location as it will bring back fond memories for you both, giving your photos that authentic look and feel.

48282_2018.08.25_WED_CranfillWork with the time of day

The Golden Hour is the best time to take photos so why not use the fact that the light will be soft to choose the ideal location for your shoot. If you’re choosing to take photos just before sunset, why take a few photos next to a cozy fire or next to a lake. Opting for an earlier shoot? A beautiful field that will light up just before the sun rises would make for amazing photos.

11614_2016-06-18_wed_karnik_cbmrMake it a colorful experience

Choosing a color as your theme makes for really unique couple shots. This doesn’t mean that you need to wear coordinating outfits and sit in front of a backdrop. By simply adding a few pops of color to your photos, you can create some incredibly fun snaps. A tie, dress or flowers are just a few of the items that you could use to do this.

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A few simple props can make all the difference to your photos. You don’t need to go overboard either, a fun red bicycle, a bunch of balloons or a cute umbrella would all add a simple yet unique touch to your photos.

Once you chat with your photographer about what you have in mind for your photos, they will easily be able to guide you during the session so you can capture some special moments between you and your partner that you will always cherish.

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Weddings and Their Dogs

So many of us love our dogs, almost as much as we love people. So why wouldn’t you include your dog in your wedding day! Well many have. Thank you POPSUGAR for publishing some of our dogs in your publications. Enjoy more of our wedding dogs here!

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Just a few! Thank you to all our amazing clients and for our publications! Please visit Third Eye Photography to book your next special event!