How To Look Great in Photos

Abundant Entrepreneur - Sabrina Truscott

Recently, I had a photo shoot – to get some fresh current pictures for my websites.

The photographer was AMAZING (very skilled and gifted) and I’m thrilled with the shots.

But The Best Thing about the photo session was that he taught me a few very simple tips that anyone can use for taking excellent pictures and videos! (even selfies!)

And now I’m going to share them with you 🙂  (Wow! They make SUCH a difference! If you think you’re not photogenic –just wait ’til you implement these tips.)

Whether it’s for your website or marketing, or just family photos – remember these few important things next time someone pulls out a camera:

1 – Lighting is EVERYTHING

The type and location of the light can mean the difference in looking like a skin care model OR a zombie.

A. Backlit LightingHorrible! The biggest mistake everyone makes!
Never shoot with a window or light BEHIND you. Regardless of how great the view is out the window – you’ll look dark faced and scary standing in front of it. Turn around and face the window for your shot (and get close to the window…it might feel weird but it works) and watch your wrinkles disappear!

 B. Overhead Lighting Horrible
Light directly overhead is NOT good. It creates shadows and you’ll look tired. This goes for outdoor shots too – avoid “noon” when the sun is directly overhead. Mornings and dusk are Terrific times for outdoor shots (always face the light.)

C. Front LitTada! (You’ll look incredible… like, “are you a super model?“)
Point the light directly at your face (not so close that you get shiny with reflections.) This works for video, photos, Skype, Facebook Live… get a light behind the camera and pointing at you (like the “stand facing the window” example above.)

2 – Camera Position

Have the camera slightly above eye level… this helps with the neck looking smooth and keeps people from seeing up your nose.

3 – Where to Look

Image - Where to look

Look directly into the camera lens – this is especially tricky when on a mobile device.

You need to know exactly WHERE the eye of the camera is (it’s often in a corner on a mobile device) and look THERE. (You wouldn’t want to look in the middle of your phone when taking a shot or you’ll look cross-eyed since the lens is in the corner.)

Of course with a NORMAL camera – just look right into the lens.

Abundant Entrepreneur - Trisbrina

My husband Tristan Truscott joined me for this shoot!

4 – Check Your Background

Make sure you don’t get an incredible shot only to discover that a tree branch behind you looks like it’s sticking out of your head. Clear the clutter when possible.

5 – Genuine Smile

No one likes a grumpy-grump OR a fake plastic smile.

Think about your dog, your kids, that private joke you can’t tell anyone – and let your face genuinely smile. RELAX and then smile again…don’t hold a fixed smile because it’s unnatural.

There you have it…5 simple tips that will make you instantly more “photogenic.”

Now pay attention to the photos you see everyone posting and see which ones you LOVE and then see how many of the ones you really love follow these simple rules.

I love talking about this type of stuff so let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or need any additional help.

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  1. Steve February 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips I have never been happy with my pictures .

    • Sabrina Truscott February 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Steve, Definitely try out these tips and let me know what you think 🙂 They’re so simple but JUST keeping these in mind make a world of difference.

  2. Tina February 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Thank You Sabrina for the great tips! Things I would have never thought of! Especially where to look when taking the pictures. <3

    • Sabrina Truscott February 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Tina! Yes, people get tripped up by this ESPECIALLY when they are watching themselves on the screen. If you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera, people think you come off as shifty cause you’re not meeting their eyes.

  3. Beth February 16, 2017 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you Sabrina! You and Tristan have been such a gift to become connected with and learn from. Great suggestions that really work and helped me gain the confidence and expertise to enhance my lighting for my FB Live. Your training was fun, transformative, and the information is useful on a weekly basis!

  4. Rosa Muziotti February 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I understood why some photos are nicer than others. By the way, photographer only show your natural beauty because your photos are not “photoshopped”, are they?

  5. yolanda moore March 20, 2017 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Thank YOU so appreciate the Tips

  6. Catalphia Stone June 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    thanks, Sabrina,
    All of your posts get to the heart of the matter!

    • Sabrina Truscott July 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Catalphia! I try to share from my heart and get to the heart, so that’s good to hear 🙂

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