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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Zest blog letting you know how to look good in photos

Zest.com just gave its readers some fantastic tips and tricks to look fabulous and wrinkle free in photos. Check the post out at zest.com or read it below
Secrets for Women Over 50  - Look Great in Your Photo
Look your best - and wrinkle free - in your photo!
As a professional photographer for over 12 years, many of my clients are in the 50+ age range that all have one thing in common: they all worry about wrinkles showing up on photos.

I run a series of workshops, and when I ask attendees to find a great spot for a photo shoot, they immediately gravitate towards a clean backdrop. This is actually an error that’s common for most people. The main objective of having a great photo taken is purely through sourcing the best natural light around.
How Light Changes Photos:
Natural light can shave up to 10 years off a face and the more even the light; it will remove blemishes, wrinkles and dark spots. The magic of light is incredible when the final photo results are shown to clients. More youthful, a mini-face lift and a stronger glow.

Without natural light, a bad photo can result in a slippery ego slope, which will make you feel less confident. Ultimately, you’ll start to miss out on capturing exciting life moments on camera, for fear that you don’t like how you look in the final photo.

Fluorescent strips, on the other hand will bring out every flaw, wrinkle, blemish and shadow to the highest level so always avoid artificial lighting.
The Do’s and Dont’s of Retouching:
Alongside using natural light to bring out your best features, I always advise clients to use the minimal of retouching. The more you retouch, the more distorted the final image so this is a good rule of thumb to remember: No one notices you when you look 10 percent better but when you retouch excessively, everyone will see this clearly.

If you’re taking photos with a smartphone, then make the most of the filters available but avoid overload. For example on iPhone, you can combine a subtle vintage filter and increase brightness by 10 percent, which will naturally show smoother skin and bring out your eye color. These filters don’t distort the image unlike PhotoShop and only takes seconds to apply. Try it!
How To Pose:
Here are a few final tips to ensure your profile or full body photo shows you in the best dazzling, natural light:
Never face the camera square-on as your shoulders will appear bulky and wide.
Use your nose as a magnet towards the lens. It’ll show confidence and symmetry.
Use your limbs as a prop. For example: Rest your hand at the side of your neck as this will draw attention to your gorgeous face.
Enjoy having photos taken of you and make the most of the natural light as it’ll shave years off and boost your morale. Also remember that in 10 years, you’ll envy how you look today!
How to look good in photos written by Kate Branch

Smart phone fun

Lavendar captured with my samsung smart phone and an attachable lens. Great fun.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My top tips for looking good in photos

I just gave professional photography tips to Christian Connections international blog. Make your online dating profile photo stand out with my tops tips from my book
How to look good in photos

Read the article below or check it out here 

How to look good in photos written by Kate Branch
How to look good in photos, by Kate Branch 











As a photographer for twelve years, I’ve had my fair share of taking thousands of photos from people in a multitude of settings. Looking through the lens, I see something unique about their personality and characteristics.
Just about the biggest mistakes people make with their dating profile photo is that they don’t show any personality characteristics about themselves. One of the first things I explain in the dating profile chapter of my book How to Look Good in Photos is that your profile photo needs to stand out. It must communicate who you are and your interests in life, to attract the right partner. By posting a really great profile photo, you enhance your unique qualities, which will grab the attention of like minded suitors.
You are also essentially aiming to appeal to your target market, aka your potential life partner. There’s no point in posting a cute selfie with no insight into what drives you, so when you take your photo, keep this in mind. Learn to be proud of what makes you tick and make sure it’s crystal clear in your photo.
Wow, with a few tricks.
Use sunglasses, a fedora, a camera or something that represents your passions to help create your story. Love extreme sports? Take a photo while you’re snowboarding. Love to cook? Snap an image while you’re creating a masterpiece in the kitchen.
Face it.
Your main profile photo needs to show your face in the best light! If you have baby blue eyes that would have made Sinatra reach for contacts, then use your best assets and stare directly into the camera. If you have a smile that can shine through an eclipse, then grin your way through the photo.
Body form.
Positioning is important, helping you become more at ease with your body. Put your hand on your hip, in your pockets, run your hand through your hair or have it resting on your neck – your limbs are now props so they draw attention to your best features. It’s also important to angle your body, making sure only your face is direct towards the camera. This is called ‘slim and streamlined,’ where you place the weight on the front foot while slightly arching your back. These tips apply to guys also, so don’t square-on towards the camera, or your shoulders will look bulky.
Avoid Selfies.
Even though selfies have been trending for a year, they don’t usually show your best characteristics or bring your personality to life. On Christian Connection, look at some selfies and then review some action shot photos. I absolutely guarantee you’d be more interested in the latter.
Don’t just see online dating as a necessity to meeting people. See it as a pure opportunity to meet a like minded partner you can share experiences with. So put your best foot forward, using some of my tips, and you’ll be surprised with the new quality of attention you receive. It’s also a fun way for friends or family to take these photos of you, so enjoy snapping away.