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Five tips to look better in photos this Christmas

We all have that relative that is snap happy, the teen that selfies everything including you, or your family only gets together once a year and you shouldn't avoid the camera. So I want to give you a few simple steps to look better in photos this Christmas. 

1. Sit or stand at 45degrees, that is slightly side on. At all costs avoid being square on to the camera, it makes everyone look broader especially if there is a group lined up together.

2. Chin forward and down, everyone of my clients hears this from me. Push your chin towards the camera and tip it down, this action slims the neck and helps to stop the dreaded double chin. Push it forward until it feels like it'll fall off.

3. Put the food down, no-one looks flattering with a mouth-full or half a face hidden behind a wine glass. So if you are aware of someone taking a photo, wait until they have finished to make sure you don't get caught unaware.

4. Keep up with the kids, if they move fast so do you. Rule of thumb with photographing children is their age equals the number of minutes you have to capture them. 2 yr old = 2mins before they've moved onto something else and you've lost their attention.

5. Relax, remember to breath and enjoy yourself. When you are nervous in a photo it shows, so focus on enjoying the time with loved ones and the memories you are creating. One of the greatest benefits of digital cameras is not only that we can see the result instantly but the unlimited number we can take. Just keep snapping until your happy with one :)

A genuine smile in four steps…

The most important part of a great photo is a good smile. It’s the first thing people look at when they see your picture and if it’s not quite right or not genuine everyone can tell. Especially when it's you looking at your own photo, because no one knows you like you do. 
This edition we will talk about things to think through when some one says smile, and there are so many types of smiles. 

1.   Relax; most people are intimidated by being in front of the camera, so first things first relax the muscles of your face. This dead-ban look is the start of a good expression.

2.   It’s in the eyes; focus on smiling with your eyes, friendly welcoming, and happy eyes. When you genuinely smile through your eyes you will get ‘crows feet’ wrinkles this is a good thing. It is more important to smile with the eyes than with the mouth, the eyes convey true emotion.

3.   Don’t forget to breath; anytime we become stressed we tend to hold our breath until the photo is taken and then we gasp in fresh air. I don’t have to tell you we need air, it’s an important part of living. But if you hold your breath during a photo, the tension will show on your face and your smile will start to look pained. 

4.   Play; change your smile slowly. Go from no smile to small smile, big grin and even smirking. If you are constantly think about the next smile you not going to over think things. And it stops your cheeks from aching from holding the same expression for hours.

The photos I have shown today are a before and after of a similar smile but focus on the little differences and you’ll see that the type of smile is very different.

Bring Glamour Back. Spreading the word on glamour photography. Speaking.

A little while ago I announced that I (with the help of some amazing supporters) am  bringing glamour back, back to the women in Whangarei and greater Northland.

To spread the word that everyone deserves to look and feel beautiful, in her own way. To let all women know that perfect is in the heart and not in the mirror, the practice of self-acceptance and self-love.

My biggest driver in starting Sarahlee Studio 3years ago was to reach out to everyday women and show them that they too can look like the celebrities that we see in magazines and TV. I want all my clients to know they are beautiful. I never want anyone to think to herself that they will never be as good as, not pretty enough, skinny enough or young enough. Or that they’ll never take a good photo.

So I am reaching out to people and organisations to start speaking, spread information. To educate people on how to pose yourself, stand in-front of the camera comfortably and what to do if you are the one behind the camera. The first part of these is the blog-series I’ve done called “Your Guide to Being Photogenic”.

I love helping people find confidence and through that have better photos of them.  In past lives I have done public speaking as part of a job in tourism, as scary as standing in front of a few hundred people is, I’m still keen to get back out there and do more.

But more than just speaking I want to reach out and help more people than I am right now, to partner with more women based organisations and give people confidence and understanding by learning more.

Call or email me to chat about how I can help you, and feature in your next meeting. And spread the word on self-confidence and looking good in front of the camera. I would love to hear from you