Ok mums, I've got your back. I'm here to give you my tried and true tips to make you look as awesome as you do, this Mother's Day. No its not filters! Wash your mouth out! Who do you think you're talking too, Kylie Jenna?! I want to give you so much more than just re-touching. I want to equip you with some tips on how to make a beautiful image before you even hear a click.
So Mother's Day is one of those days where we just can't escape the camera. If you are anything like me, and I know most mums are, you are probably your family's main photographer. This in turn means you are more often behind the lens, instead of in front of it. This may or may not be intentional. In my case, it is probably more intentional than I let on (shhhhh). But, getting in front of the camera is just so important for your family. And regardless of if you want to or not, Mother's Day is a day you just can't avoid it.
So lets get started with my favourite tips to make you look like "I just woke up like this" movie star edition rather than "I just woke up like this" is that a piece of toast stuck to the back of your head edition. #meonagoodmorning
Tip No. 1
Angles. Unless you are blessed to be in the 0.02% of the population who are models and can be photographed sneezing and still look as well put together as Mila Kunis, you might want some of these tips up your sleeve for when you see the iphone coming your way!
So this is an oldie but a goodie and you have probably heard it before, but have whoever is photographing you higher than you are. e.g. If you are sitting, have them standing. If you are standing and the person is taller than you they can just hold the camera a little higher or stand on something. Why is this more flattering? Well, think no double chins. Enough said.
When in a group photo (e.g. your family) try not to have your shoulders straight on to the camera, instead, angle your body slightly. This just helps to flatter your frame, and who wouldn't want that?!
Create angles with your arms. Try not to have your arms pressed up against your sides. Put them on a child's shoulder's in front of you. Put your hands in your back pockets. Link your arms through your partners. By doing this you give yourself shape, and shape is good.
Tip No. 2
If possible try to have the light hit you front on. This is easier to explain if you are indoors and using a window as an example. If you are standing with a window to the side of you and the light hits the side of your face, it exaggerates every line on your face. Now turn and face that window. The light falls evenly across your face, filling in every wrinkle, dent, you name it, I've got it, they magically all disappear. Yaaaay! So if inside, try to face a window.
But what about outside I hear you ask. Well, you can create the same light effect, just try to think in terms of windows. If you can get the light hitting your face evenly front on, its a winner.
Light to avoid outside. Harsh over head light. Midday sun. Think dark shadows under your eyes, nose, everywhere there is a little umbrella on your face, there will be a shadow under it. Too obscure? I hope you came with me on that one.
If you can't avoid midday sun photos, where sunglasses:)
Tip No. 3
Now this is the direction I like to take things when capturing memories with my family. You don't have to look at the camera. Shocking I know! Get caught up in a moment with your child. Cup their little face in your hands and give them a kiss (Ayesha, this pose is coming at you this Mother's Day, brace yourself) snuggle them, have a tickle fight. Not only does this create authentic beautiful memories, it also helps you to relax and not feel so awkward with having a camera in your face. And a less awkward mamma is a more beautiful mamma.
Tip No. 4
Movement. I love it. I use it wherever I can in photos. It is probably one of the most powerful techniques in photography (my opinion, no qualifications FYI) second only to light. Get moving mums! Pick up your child and swing them around, scoop them up and throw them in the air. Once again, it helps you relax, you are focussed on your child and not the camera (less awkward) and you create movement in a still image which is pretty incredible really. All of this tells so much more of a story about you, your relationships and about who you are than just looking at a camera.
Tip No. 5
Don't over think it, just do it. Like I mentioned earlier I really hate getting in front of the camera. If you have been following us for awhile you may know that Shonagh and I do a challenge to get in the frame once a month with our kids.
Part of the reason for this is that we lost our mum to breast cancer when we were just teenagers. We know time with family is a precious thing and memories are too. This is something we would love to gift our children. Memories from their childhood, with us in them.
Be present in photographs mums.
From Shonagh and myself, I hope you all have a very happy Mother's Day, and get coffee, cuddles and breakfast in bed and all the other good stuff.