Top 5 Tips for Looking Great in Your Photographs

As a wedding photographer in the San Francisco area, I photograph a huge variety of people. Big & small, short & tall, shy & bold, young & old. Regardless of who you are, you will look best in your photos if you follow these 5 simple tips for looking great in your photographs.

Tip #1 – Closer is Bigger

If you don’t want your butt to look bigger than it actually is, shift your weight to your back foot and push your hips away from the camera.  This tip applies to any body part.  Whatever is closest to the camera will look bigger!

 

 

Tip #2 – Slimmer from the Side

Turn your body so the camera sees the side of your waist – it is much smaller from the side than straight on.  This is true not only for your waist but also for your shoulders and hips.  Guys may want their shoulders square to the camera so they look bigger but most women don’t want to look broad so remember to avoid facing your body square to the camera.

 

 

 

 

Tip #3 – Lean in to look Lean

Leaning back can make anyone look like the Michelin Man!  So, to get rid of the extra chins, you need to slightly lean forward from your waist up.  This also makes your chest bigger than your hips which most of us want.  Lean in to look Lean.

 

 

 

Tip #4 – Roll ’em Back to remove the Rolls

If you’re wearing a strapless gown, then you run the risk of looking like a snow cone or the top of a muffin if you don’t roll those shoulders back!  Only the super skinnies can get away with that high fashion forward shoulder roll.  So, make that expensive dress look its best by rolling your shoulders back.  This will also accentuate your bust line – just in case that’s of interest to you.

 

Tip #5 – Show them Big Sexy Eyes!

Your eyes will look bigger and more beautiful if they are open a little wider.  To do this without looking like someone just pinched your bottom, I suggest lowering your chin slightly while doing the Lean (Tip #3).  When you lower your chin, you’ll be looking up a bit to the camera which opens you eyes and makes them look much more bright and sexy.

 

Bonus Tip – Relax!

If you can’t remember any of the Top 5 Tips above, just relax and think of the camera as a good friend who’s trying very hard to flatter you –  you beautiful thing, you!

 

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Here’s to looking amazing!

Bridal “Sweet” at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley, California

As a San Francisco Wedding Photographer, there are so many great locations to do engagements and weddings.  We have the most beautiful city in the world, wine country, the coast and so much more.  And speaking of so much more, I’ve recently discovered a real gem in Berkeley – The Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

Please enjoy this brief animated slideshow from the day.

We were treated so well by the Shattuck staff.  I highly recommend checking them out!

The presidential suite at the Shattuck is so awesome!  It has a large bedroom with french doors opening to a private balcony with incredible views and a large bathroom with lots of natural light.

The suite also has a very large living space plus a huge dining/meeting table.  A great place for the bridesmaids to hang out on the wedding day.  This side of the suite has its own entrance which is quite grande.  I loved it so much that I shot a series of images there that make use of the clasic styling of the tile and pillars.

The gowns featured in this shoot were designed by Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture in San Anselmo, California.  Her gorgeous, timeless designs are a perfect match for the Shattuck interiors.

The ballroom of the Shattuck is so cool with its arched, mirrored walls.  This give a lot of dimension to the space and makes the most of the modern lighting accents provided by DJ Jason Mitchell.  This room was also a fantastic canvas for Tamiko at All Thing Simple who created the lovely sweetheart table and king’s table.

I was fortunate enough to have StyleByLana do the hair for this project.  She is as good as they come and has never let me down.  My makeup artist was Tracy Shelor from Los Gatos.  Her work speaks for itself – impeccable.

I’d like to thank my entire team for making this experience and these lovely images possible.  I look forward to creating more art with you again soon.

If you’re a bride and you’d like to have images like these from your wedding day, please reach out to Jim Vetter Photography today.  We’d love to hear from you!

For proper credit, here are the vendors who contributed to the project:

Photography: Jim Vetter Photography, www.jimvetter.com, Fairfax, California

Videography: AVR Films, www.avrfilms.com, San Jose, California

Photographer’s Assistant & 2nd Shooter: Brian MacStay

Venue: Hotel Shattuck Plaza, www.hotelshattuckplaza.com, Berkeley, California

Bridal Gowns and Accessories: Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture, www.etsy.com/shop/AmyJoTatumBridal, San Anselmo, California

Hair Stylist: Lana Orca, www.StyleByLana.com, San Francisco, California

Makeup, Skin, Airbrush Artist: Tracy Shelor, www.tracyshelor.com, Los Gatos, California

Ballroom Lighting: DJ Jason Mitchell, www.jasonmitchelldj.com, San Jose, California

Ballroom Design: All Things Simple, www.all-things-simple.com, Hercules California

Floral: Lidia at Grand Flowers, www.grandflowersofoakland.com, Oakland, California

Ballroom Rentals: Hartmann Studios Rentals, www.hartmannstudiosrentals.com, Richmond, California

Bride: Rosanna Salois, San Francisco, California

Groom: Greg Vogel, Walnut Creek, California