1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHTING
Lighting is undoubtedly the most important thing when it comes to taking a good photo - the word photography even means ‘writing with light’. To get the most flattering light for portraits make sure your light source is:
- Bright. If your light source is the sun, this shouldn’t be a problem.
- Even. No one wants harsh, unflattering shadows on their face.
To do this outside, find a shaded area and face the sun while staying in the shade - get as close as you can to the sun without leaving the shade. This should really make your eye colour really pop!
To do the same thing inside with natural light - try standing near a window.
2. WATCH OUT FOR CAMERA ANGLES
Basically, whatever is close to the camera will look big, and whatever is far away will look small.
E.g. If you take a photo from below - your legs will look huge and your head will be tiny. Likewise, if you take a photo from above your head (especially your forehead, eyes and nose) will look huge and your legs will look tiny. To get the most flattering body proportions take the photo from slightly above the model's eye height if it is a close-up, bust height if the model is sitting down, or waist height if it is a full-body photo.
3. MAKE SURE YOU’RE CHOOSING A FLATTERING POSE
If you want your body to look long and thin, stretch out as much as possible, especially when it comes to your stomach, neck and legs. Hunching and bunching aren’t flattering on any body type!
To do the Sirens signature pose to compliment your body’s natural curves - put your knees together with one knee a little in front of the other and pop your hip to one side. Take this photo from the knees up!
4. MAKE IT ALL ABOUT YOU
If you’re taking a portrait use either Portrait Mode on your phone or a DSLR Camera Lens with a shallow depth of field. This will give you a beautifully blurred background and means the focus of the photo is all on you. This would not be a good option if you were in a beautiful place and wanted to include the background of the photo.
5. A GOOD FIT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Make sure your piece of swimwear or clothing is the right size for you! Clothing that is too small will cut into your skin and make it bulge (sometimes called a muffin top), and clothing that is too large will be saggy, possibly fall down, and won’t properly support or compliment your body!
Article written by our Sirens Swimwear: Photographer Cat