Remember – A Picture Says A Thousand Words. What do you want yours to say?
Your marketing photos should be welcoming and accurate. I always recommend professional shots. They should represent who you are and what makes you, you! They should help to conjure up a visualization in a potential clients mind where he can see himself there with you. Especially in situations when you’re meeting someone for the first time, enough information about who you are, or what time with you might be like and even sometimes what you offer should be easily obtained from the handful of photos you use to market yourself.
Take a few days to prepare. Alcohol, dehydration, poor diet and lack of sleep contribute to looking puffy and tired in photos, and you want to grasp onto that “me on a good day” thing. So take three or four days of sobriety and good sleep to heart, and you’ll look that much more refreshed and alluring come shoot day.
Dress for your body & The feeling you wish to evoke. Even in the in this industry, there are those of us who try to hide troublesome areas with loose clothing—avoid this if at all possible. Instead, use sheets, pillows scarves, your own body parts, etc to hide areas and use, corsets and lingerie that accentuate your curves. With sexy or revealing clothing, avoid layers, ruffles or added details or bulk. Keep lines clean and true to your shape. I always recommend having a black outfit of some kind done on a black background. So much can be hidden this way.
Stick to bright colors you like. In photographs, everyone looks better in bright colors (strong blues, reds, purples, greens, yellows). If you are going for a softer look and want to use pastels and neutrals be sure the photographer has the correct lighting for that, or if you’re unsure as to how much control you’ll have over it, avoid anything that doesn’t contrast sharply with your skin color.
Gold and silver only look good on certain skin colors (usually those with darker skins and brown-toned tans). If you want a little shimmer but are paler in complexion, go with a blue, black or red that has some sparkle to it. Patterns can take away from what you want people to be looking at—you! Show a bit of your feisty side through make up, wigs, props or incorporating animal prints, in the items that surround you like pillows for example!
Determine what makes You you? Try to determine what makes you different amongst the competition out there. Be sure to look at competitors in your age and size range. This isn’t limited to just how you look though. You should know this overall. What part of your body feels incredibly attractive to you? What features of yours do you try to accentuate? Do you have pretty eyes or a cute derriere. What about your personality specifically will attract the type of clientele you’re looking for? Are you bubbly or bookish? Pick a few of these traits and make sure to focus on them when getting your photos taken. This will help with what you’re trying to capture and how you will be represented when the photos are posted.
Think about your environment(s). If you’re going to be indoors, pick a space that’s as clean, natural and neutral as possible. Yes, you want to look all come-hither on your couch. But what may be decor to you may actually clutter the photo and take the focus off you in the frame? Try to make sure the colors you’re wearing contrast with whats around you so you stand out. If shooting outside, keep in mind that white light in the late afternoon shoots best—sun can produce shadows that can be very unflattering. And if there’s a lot going on around you—water, sand, a tiled floor or wallpapered wall—try to blur them out while shooting or editing. Make sure the focus is you!
Try different angles. A Professional will know this. Depending on your ensemble and lighting, a straight-on photo may work for you, and is most likely the best bet for a primary photo (but everyone feels differently about full on face shots). But why not mix it up and really seduce the camera and therefore your clientele? When taking photos of your face, either have your photographer get you from an angle slightly higher than centered, or tip your chin down a tiny bit and look up into the camera. Do the same thing with altering the direction of your face, moving and turning your chin to one side or the other while keeping your eyes to the camera.
Similarly, experiment with poses and positions. Once again a Professional Photographer will know this. Standing, laying, kneeling, leaning; getting good shots in various positions shows that you’re natural in any environment.
Be comfortable—look comfortable. Yes, the way your body drapes off the edge of a couch or by a window may technically look alluring. But if you’re feeling nervous, self-conscious or in any amount of pain, the camera will pick up on it in a heart beat. If you’ve collected your best wardrobes and set yourself in a comfortable environment, your facial and body expressions should be relaxed so that your personality and energy can shine through.
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