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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.

November 7, 2010

Whenever I have a little bit of down time in my schedule inevitably the camera turns to my own children. Especially at the age of two just a couple of months make a huge difference in the way they look and express themselves. So this weekend me and my favorite toddler enjoyed the change in weather in our own backyard, and while she discovered leaves, acorns, and pointed out squirrels, I snapped and soaked it all in.

October 6, 2010

I met with this gorgeous couple this afternoon for a shoot to document their love. They have been together since high school and going strong. The friendship they share is evident; they can’t stop grinning and laughing with each other. We had a great time together. Thank you guys for choosing me as your photographer. Enjoy your glimpse of our session.

A sweet moment…

Jennifer, you are GORGEOUS! :)

To view more couples, weddings, and engagement photos please visit our website gallery.

Much love,

Odalys

September 5, 2010

My sister and her boyfriend are rock climbers, so I knew when they said they were coming for the weekend that we’d be spending some time at Stone Summit in Atlanta. If you have never been there, you need to go! This place is a huge, air-conditioned rock climbing gym with some seriously tall walls, and the best part, there’s a kid’s area where the little ones can play while you climb. If you don’t know what you are doing,t hey have instructors on-site to direct you and belay-certify you. There was a married couple who came in with their one year old and put him down to take a nap within site while they played :)

Our day started with lunch at the scrumptious Antico pizza restaurant near Georgia Tech. Another place you need to visit for THE BEST pizza in the Western hemisphere. Here is my sister, Ben, and my oldest after sharing a delicious pie.

My peanut picking rocks outside in the parking lot.

Climbing… my oldest got to the top for the first time, so she earned her very own chalk bag.

After a whole afternoon of climbing we needed to recharge the batteries and ended up at No Mas Cantina in Atlanta for some tasty mexican food. I love the ambiance of this restaurant, specially after the sun goes down.

Much love,

Odalys

August 16, 2010

I want to be two again. There are new things to discover and master every.single.day. You are fed on demand, read to, played with on a daily basis by a team of people who hug you constantly, laugh at your every silly stunt, and just find you irresistible. You have no care in the world. Here is my youngest being herself. I may just hop onto bed and jump with her next time.

Please follow the link to view a complete portfolio of children’s photography.

Much love,

July 29, 2010

I am just enamored with these other two (well, three really) shots of this past weekend’s engagement session and can’t help it but share… here they are:

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Much love,

July 26, 2010

One of the most scrumptious products we offer is the gallery wrapped canvas. Recently I have had a few client inquiries about what exactly one of these babies look like, so I took some photos and here is my short and sweet explanation.

When you order a gallery wrapped canvas, your image is printed on an artist’s canvas, treated, and coated to protect your artwork from UV rays that may fade the image over time. The canvas is then stretched and secured around a wooden frame completely so there is no visible hardware and your masterpiece can be hung without a frame if you wish.

Gallery wrapped canvases are very popular because of their contemporary, art-gallery feel. They are truly gorgeous, timeless, and last forever. It is textured similarly to a painting and looks equally amazing as a stand-alone work of art, as it does in a floating frame. They are simply stunning in a wall collection or as the focal point of a room!

For questions or to get your very own little piece of art featuring your family or celebrating your engagement, feel free to contact me at (770) 906-3481  or visit our wedding and engagement portfolio.

Love,

Odalys

July 24, 2010

I had the pleasure of documenting the engagement of this beautiful couple this evening. We had lots of fun together. They have the kind of sarcastic sense of humor that I am oh so familiar with, so we hit it off right away and I feel like we’ve been friends forever.

Congratulations on your engagement! Enjoy your sneak peak!

And last but not least… the Zoolander shot… I told you I would get it out of you :) Great job guys!

Please visit our engagement and wedding photo galleries to view more images of this gorgeous couple!

July 19, 2010

I spent my afternoon today with these two adorable kiddos. They have the bluest eyes I have ever seen just like their beautiful mama :) This little girl may very well be Justin Beaver’s youngest fan, at the tender age of 1 she already knows his top hit “Baby, baby” and can’t stop jamming to it.

Thank you for choosing me to be your photographer! Enjoy your sneak peek!

Please visit our gallery of baby and kids photography on our website to view more children’s images.