You Can Be Your Own Photographer

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So you need to get some pictures done but you don’t have enough cash to pay a photographer at the moment? It’s okay! I’m here to give you a little inspiration to get the job done on your own. All you need is a digital camera, a wonderful location and some imagination.

It was about 4 years back and my little sister, Anna, was a senior in high school. The time came for her to get her senior pictures done. It’s understandable that these days, the kids want their pictures to be professional. They want to feel good while getting their photos taken and they want to NOT feel as though their pictures will end up looking like this…

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To be fair, I’ll post one of me as well. Here’s me with my other sister, Jennifer, in the 90s….

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I brushed my eyebrows like that because I thought it looked, “cool”. Oh boy…

Anyway, when the time came for my sister Anna to get her pictures done, she wasn’t really feeling the place her dad took her to so, big sis to the rescue! I grabbed my digital camera and we got to work!

Before I give you some tips, I’ll show you the final product…

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I think the picture turned out lovely and Anna looks lovely too. Not bad for my first time being a wanna be photographer and photoshoot hair stylist ;-).

Find a beautiful location that inspires you. Get creative with the clothing, accessories and props. My sister chose a simple black dress to wear but you could easily take it up a notch and hit up some local thrift shops and come up with an amazing look that makes you look like a fashion model. Think outside of the box and maybe grab some things that you wouldn’t usually wear. Add something ugly to the look even (think runway models and the strange outfits we see them in). I flipped a bit of her hair to the side, picked some flowers and berries I found in nature, tied them together and secured them onto her hair with the help of bobby pins.

For fun, today, I picked out some fun flowers and leaves to give you even more inspiration of the beauty you can add to hair, a hat or simply a prop for the hands.

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What if you did a hairstyle like this?….

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Or bold make up like this?…

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Or an outfit like this?…

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Imagine this guy wearing a nice suit instead, standing there looking like James Bond or something. That would be awesome!

Experiment with different looks, locations and poses and take lots and lots of photos so that you have choices! I took another picture of Anna with her hair pulled back and she’s holding the flowers in one hand instead. We had no choice but to go with this one, with the flowers in the hair, the messy hair flip and unique placement of the hands.

Last but not least, when you’ve selected the winning photo/s, get them printed some place like Wal Mart or even do it yourself at home if you know how.

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No matter what the occasion is that you need professional photos done for, just know that thinking outside of the box when you’re low on cash will help get you some amazing results that you’ll be happy with, proud of and that others will envy you for ;-). I wish I had thought of this for myself for my senior picture! I’m sitting here staring at my boring senior photo that took place inside a studio with a boring blue, grey marbled looking background. Haha. Oh well, there are many more pictures I can take in the future if I want to.

That’s all I needed to say today. I hope I inspired someone! Until next time…

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