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February 8, 2011

Whether you are a bride about to walk down the aisle, have an upcoming engagement photo shoot, or your are attending a wedding this year, many of us feel clueless when it comes to posing and looking our best in photographs. You do not have to be 5’9” and 130 lbs to look fabulous in your wedding photos. As a professional photographer I can assure you that for every great photo of a model you see in a magazine, there were twenty or more not-so great images, and the ones that make the final cut went through extensive retouching and Photoshop maneuvering to eliminate blemishes, bulges, and enhance the model’s features. You can look absolutely ah-mazing on your photos by following a few simple tips and letting your photographer create magic :)

Face

  • The #1 piece of advice I can give all brides or anyone about to have a major photo shoot is to have your hair and make-up done by a professional. These people are trained specifically to know facial structure and color theory to compliment your natural beauty. Most reputable hair stylists and make-up artist can do a complimentary trial run so you can rehearse your look before the important date.

 

  • Do your hair in a way that looks elegant and polished, yet it is not a complete departure from your every day look. Remember you are supposed to feel confident and beautiful. Ditch super-rigid or slicked back do’s or tight, corkscrew curls in favor of soft, silky waves and more relaxed up do’s. Avoid an over-abundance of mousses and sprays that can weigh your hair down and make it look stiff and unnatural.

 

  • Use enough makeup to enhance your features, without overwhelming them.

 

  • Go for foundations that have a yellow or beige-tinted base rather than a pink base. We all have some yellow or beige in our skin and choosing foundations in this color gamut gives us a healthy glow, while pink foundations cast a dull, unhealthy look to our complexion.

 

  • Avoid overly-glittery shadows and lip glosses, especially if your event is in daylight, these can make you look garish and reflect light unfavorably. Go for soft shimmery or matte shadows and lipstick instead. Another reason to use lipstick rather than gloss, the latter seems to be a magnet for loose strands of hair at the most inopportune times, like while saying your vows. Stay away from lip liner that is darker than your lipstick and use a nude liner to keep color from bleeding into your skin instead.

 

  • Line and define your eyes with a soft liner or dark shadow; brown, plum or navy look best. Stay away from black as it can look too severe, unless you are going to a rock concert :)

 

  • Blend, blend, blend the contours.

 

  • If your wedding is outdoors, keep your makeup as natural as possible.

 

  • Avoid alcohol the night of and before your wedding, it can make you look flushed and make your skin and eyes look tired, and your body bloated. Instead, drink plenty of water during the two days prior to the big day and get rest. They call it beauty sleep for a reason ;)

Posing for the camera

  • Posture is crucial. Stand up straight; it takes pounds and years off your appearance. Wearing heels has a very positive effect on posture; they automatically straighten your back and help you look more streamlined and elegant.

 

  • Turn at about a 45 degree angle to the camera, with your weight on the front leg. Bend your front knee slightly in front of your other leg and relax into this stance. Give your arms something to do that bends them at the elbow, like holding your bouquet or placing your hand on the groom’s chest.

 

  • Tilt your head sideways ever-so-slightly while pushing your chin out and down SLIGHTLY. This eliminates double chins and gives your face a flattering angle.

 

  • Don’t smile ALL the time, you will end up with a frozen, artificial expression and your face will start shaking after about half an hour of doing this, trust me, it has happened to me. Some of the most beautiful, dramatic, and emotive photographs are of peaceful, relaxed brides. Part your lips very slightly or for a natural smile, think of your last romantic date with your beloved.

 

  • And the most important thing: RELAX, you are at your most beautiful and this is a fun experience! If you feel stressed or nervous, try this: close your eyes, and take a deep breath by inhaling while counting to three, and exhaling for six counts. I call this, smelling the roses, and blowing out the candles. Repeat for as long as necessary. It calms you nerves and leaves you feeling reenergized.

Practice these posing tips in front of the mirror several times. On your wedding day you may not remember this article, but standing and smiling for the camera will be more familiar if you have practiced. I offer lots of guidance and direction during a photo shoot, and I tailor and stylize the shots specifically for the couple I am working with, so no two images are the same, but knowing these basic tips will help you feel more confident while being photographed.  

Next week’s article will focus on different photography styles and how to choose a wedding photographer. I will also be having several featured guest bloggers about other aspects of planning your wedding. Stay tuned!

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To view our work please visit our weddings website, or click here for our portrait site.

January 10, 2011

Two snow/ice falls so far this winter… yipeee! The most we’ve had since we moved to Georgia. This morning I decided to pay a small tribute to photography master Ansel Adams, and I ventured out in the ice to get some black and white shots of our humble winter wonderland. So bundled up in my coziest winter gear (that still didn’t do the job, blame it on being a hot-blooded latina) I went for a walk crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t slip on the ice and shatter my lens.

There something about walking alone in the snow that is so peaceful. It has an appeal of its own. The birds have left their homes, the streets are isolated. The only sound resonating in my ears was the crunchy layers of ice swooshing under the weight of my rubber boots; and the now bare, skinny tree branches shivering when kissed by the icy rushes of wind. It’s like the world, nature is holding it’s breath in awe of its own beauty. I smiled the entire way (ok, I smiled about half the time, and the rest of the time I held my scarf over my numb face) and I came back home energized.

January 7, 2011

If you saw how happy I get when the temperatures drop and the prospect of snow is on the horizon, you wouldn’t think I was born in the middle of the Caribbean. Four inches of the fluffy white stuff is forecasted for Sunday and Monday, and it’s Christmas all over again at my house. The kids are over-excited; ok, the parents are over-excited too, discussing the necessary equipment to turn my steep front-yard into a wintery slide.

At some point this afternoon I opened the doors to my front porch and found this view. For a while I thought maybe the forecast was wrong and snow would arrive earlier. I was in awe of the beauty of this angry sky and just had to shoot it. I then smiled as I remembered that sometimes there is beauty in the anticipation of a great event. There is so much beauty around us every single day.

December 11, 2010

My friend Stephanie was very kind to be my model yesterday. “Kind” may not be a good-enough word actually; I did drag her around town in a huge wedding dress in the middle of Friday afternoon traffic and made her the object of several whistles and a lot of curiosity. Eeeek! :)

Steph, they say that everyone who enters our lives does so for a reason, and I must have entered yours to give you thick skin. Not only are you a great friend but you are also gorgeous! Enjoy looking at the images :)

The stunning wedding gown was again, from Etain Bridal Boutique in Ashley Park, Newnan.

For a complete portfolio of wedding and children’s images please visit our website.

December 10, 2010

I will be working on an exciting project over the next week in conjunction with some amazing wedding vendors here in South Atlanta, and wanted to share some images from our first photo shoot.

The Coweta Club at Arbor Springs Plantation is one of Newnan’s best kept secret when it comes to fine dining. Previously only available to Arbor Springs residents, The Coweta Club now welcomes the public and is a gorgeous, elegant venue for your wedding, accomodating up to 350 guests. Award-winning Executive Chef Lance Jeffers has created a menu that puts sophistication and a modern touch on american cuisine. The staff truly goes out of their way to make a memorable experience for you with attention to detail and impeccable service.

The fabulous wedding gowns are courtesy of Etain Bridal Boutique, now relocated from Tyrone, Georgia to Ashley Park in Newnan. Etain has a gorgeous selection of gowns by top designers such as Jasmine, Allure, and Matthew Christopher. The staff at Etain makes finding and purchasing your wedding gown the joyful, one-of-a-kind experience that it should be, with five years of experience in the wedding gown industry, personalized service with knowledgeable, caring staff, and the best selection of bridal gowns in South Atlanta.

The bouquet was made by yours truly :)

One of my favorites…

The Coweta Club at Arbor Springs…

We are now booking weddings for 2011 in the Metro Atlanta area as well as out of state. To schedule a free consultation or to view our wedding and engagement portfolio, please click on this link.

November 23, 2010

I have received numerous requests for boudoir photography sessions, and I am excited to announce that I will be hosting my first “Boudoir Marathon” on January 22nd, 2011.

Although individual boudoir sessions are available all year, our Marathon in January includes a 45 minute session, professional make-up application, an art-book containing all images, and a FUN photo shoot that celebrates us as women, as well as complete privacy.

The sessions are done tastefully with the goal of making a woman feel gorgeous and sexy. The sessions themselves or the art-books are perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day, bridal gifts or anniversaries.

For more information, including pricing, please contact Odalys by email at info@odmphotography.com. A deposit is required to hold your spot. These won’t last long!