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December 29, 2016

How to Look Good in Photos

The biggest hesitation people have about sessions or their wedding day is that they worry if they will look good in photos. Cameras have the magical ability to either make us love or hate how we look. Angles, positioning, lighting, and facial expressions all contribute to how you will appear in a photo.

1. Bend like gumby

You have joints, bend them! Stiff legs and arms and sometimes even torsos look awkward. But when bent, you look natural! The words “Be Natural!” confuse clients sometimes because if you’ve never had your picture taken professionally how do you know what that means? But bending joints is a simple way to “Be Natural” it helps you look like a real person.

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2. Don’t say cheese

Since we’re little kids we’re taught to smile and “Say Cheese” or another goofy phrase. It’s natural instinct to put on your biggest grin when a camera or phone comes out, but when it’s forced like that, it LOOKS forced.

Natural smiles and especially laughter are the best way to show your happiness and make you look damn good. Happiness flatters everyone. How do you achieve this? That’s my job 🙂 I act like a corny weirdo, ask you to jump, talk, joke, and sometimes even ask for fake laughter which always gets people laughing for real.


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3. Interact

Unless you’re having your portrait taken most photos have more than one person in it. When you both just stand there, it doesn’t make for a very interesting photo.

When two people can show their relationship in a photo, it tells a huge story. Whether it be kissing, hugging, tickling, laughing together, jumping, running, doing an activity or even just looking at each other.


And if you are taking a portrait, interact with the camera! Look at the camera, close your eyes, than open them again to look engaged and awake. Smile at the camera like it’s your best friend or someone you love, or look directly into the lens to get an intense effect.

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4. Angles

Turning your body and/or head to the side even just a little creates a much more interesting and flattering shot.


5. Don’t Try too hard – just have fun

You know those awkward photos of people with HUGE fake grins, posing their body to look nonhuman, and looking super uncomfortable? Don’t do that, guys.

The simplest advice: pretend the camera isn’t there. Have fun, smile, and follow poses as naturally as you can. My most favorite shots usually happen when you aren’t “ready” for the camera.

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In Personal & Updates On
December 28, 2016

2016 Recap – End of Year Photography Roundup

It’s that time of year, the end! With just a few days left in 2016 I thought I’d do a 2016 recap and look back on the past years photos. This year REALLY flew by, I feel like just yesterday I was shooting these!

JANUARY | Cassie & Glenn


MAY | Mackenzie’s Prom


JULY | Tommy & Julie’s Wedding


OCTOBER | Sam & Johnathan | Hannah & Malik | Karla & Johnathan



In Engagement On
November 13, 2016

Karla & Johnathan Engagement Shoot – Atlantic City, New Jersey

Karla & Johnathan were such a fun couple! They were up for any poses, laughing and doing cartwheels. We got a bunch of cute shots on the Atlantic City beach and had a great time taking the confetti pictures. Karla’s sister was an awesome help in tossing the confetti, and the gold color was beautiful against the golden late afternoon light. What I really loved was taking shots on the third floor of the pier, overlooking the ocean while the sun set and wind swept.



In Engagement On
November 5, 2016

Sam & Jonathan Sunrise Engagement Shoot – Long Beach Island, New Jersey

We had originally decided to do a sunset shoot, but of course come the day of, it rained all day long. Wanting to avoid soggy sand we moved it up and when Sam suggested an early sunrise engagement shoot I got excited! Sunsets are beautiful but sunrises and early morning light are my favorite. Huge props to the both of them for getting up so early, and in the cold!

We shot at Long beach Island, which is a special place for me, growing up I went every summer with my family for fourth of July fireworks, so it was nice being back. We went somewhere I had never been before and was excited to see; the end of the island. The southern most tip of LBI has a long empty stretch of beach and I was really psyched to have such a beautiful large landscape to shoot these two.

The golden light and the love between these two created such a magical shoot, getting up early is so worth it for lighting like this!