Top Tips From Your Photographer – Part 3
by Neill Menneer
If like many people you think that you’ve never had a decent photograph taken consider this:
Most pictures are taken by amateurs who are not considering or even wanting to consider the beauty of the whole image. Backgrounds are ignored, composition and lighting are not considered etc. The majority of pictures of yourself are taken in groups when people are generally ‘mucking about’ or have another agenda. For many years I was the worst offender for ‘pulling faces’ in an attempt to be funny! People are often caught on camera whilst talking (or even worse when they are eating!). None of these are good scenarios for making the best of yourself.
At DD you spend over an hour exclusively with the photographer whose only brief is to make you look amazing. This dedication (and dare I say it; Focus!) makes a big difference! Self consciousness normally happens when we are in groups but at DD there is none of this apparent judgement from others. You will find that you are much less self conscious or embarrassed than you imagine. The ‘model’ and photographer have a job to do and that is solely to bring out your best features and make you feel gorgeous. That mutually beneficial collaboration happens also to be a lot of fun. The total focus and attention on yourself is nowadays a rarity and an experience to be savoured!
One other thing! Why do our clients look so much better than they imagine they could look. Why do the before and after images look so transformative? Is it just retouching?
No. We do very little retouching in fact. Preparation of the hair and makeup obviously make a difference and our professional makeup artists are fabulous at subtly applying the right colours and enhancing some features with eye liners etc. However the real secret lies in the posing and lighting. Most people are only used to seeing their mirror image. We look at ourselves in the mirror every day and even the photographs taken by our friends and family are essentially the same view. These images are taken straight on with us standing looking to camera. Normally with horrid lighting. At DD we change this point of view significantly. Very few pictures will be taken looking at the camera and instead you will be asked to lie down or turn away from the camera. We will capture images in other words that reflect much more accurately how other people see us. This ultimately is why we sometimes do not recognise ourselves in the DD images. And why these images and the beauty they express or reveal better reflect how others see us especially our partners! If I could have a pound for the times we have heard from clients that their partners think their gorgeous but they can’t see it and don’t feel beautiful. Let us show you (the camera never lies!) how gorgeous you really are.