Ladies, if there is anything we can all agree on, it is the importance of an awesome photo for social media. Whether Facebook, Instagram, or even Twitter is your platform of choice, we all like to look our best online. I’m going to assume most of us take our photos with our phones…or, let’s be real, shove our phones into our friends, boyfriends or even mother’s (guilty as charged) hands.
So without further ado, here are my 5 top tips for looking your best and taking your ideal photographs.
- Embrace the Rule of Thirds
If you want an easy illustration of the rule of thirds, turn on your phone’s grid function for photos. The rule of thirds
is the idea that you should mentally split your pictures up into three parts…and place your subject to the right or left. It draws the eye into the photo and makes your composition more interesting.
- Engage your Core
No matter how body confident we are, all of us have insecurities and worries about how we look in a bikini. An easy trick to flatten up your stomach for a photo is to engage your abs…yes even if you think you don’t have them. You have muscles there (I promise) and flexing them into a flat board will make you look more confident and improve your posture in photos.
- Stare into the Sun
I’m joking…sort of. Pay attention to the light in your photos. Where is it coming from, and how best can you harness the power of that sunny day at the beach? Facing the sun is a surefire way of guaranteeing good light in any photo. Of course, we would all take our photos at golden hour if we could, and all look like glorious sun goddesses, but sometimes we must compromise. Bonus tip: if you can’t handle all that light in your face, sunglasses always look good with a bikini.
- Use Natural Light
As much as possible, use natural light. I can’t tell you the science of why, but natural lighting makes a photo look cleaner and brighter than one taken with a light bulb. Obviously, golden hour is my favorite time to take a photo, but there are all kinds of beautiful photos to be taken at different times of the day.
- Saturate Those Colors
It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize you could edit your photos right on your phone. True story- your iPhone (or Android) has a lot of powerful tools to brighten your photos, change colors around, crop, rotate, and make you look your best. (Slightly) increasing your saturation is a great way of making your photo really pop.
- Have Fun!
This one is very important: do not forget to have fun. You are at the beach, or on a hike, or maybe even at home in your yard (again, guilty as charged). Photos are great, but what’s really important is the memories you create. Look back and remember today as a great day at the beach, no matter how your photos come out.
And make sure to tag us on Instagram! We love to feature our Pakaloha girls in our feed.