Are you trying to get comfortable taking photos? Or are you preparing for a photo shoot? Here are a few tips on where to look when you’re taking a picture.
When I first started taking photos for my blog in 2014, I felt so awkward in front of the camera. I didn’t know what to do with my hands in photos. I wasn’t sure how to pose or walk in front of the camera. But over the last few years, I’ve learned how to be more comfortable in front of the camera.
A few months ago @allisonsaxoxo submitted an Instagram Story question:
“Where do you look when you’re taking a photo?”
I had never thought about this question, so I truly appreciate Allison asking this question! You can add some variety to your photo shoot by changing up the direction you look in your photos.
If you’re gearing up for a photo shoot and want some tips of what direction to look while taking photos, this blog post is for you!
Here are 8 places to look when you’re taking a photo:
1. Straight at the camera
Whether you’re preparing for senior photos or your next blogger photo shoot, you will definitely look straight into the camera for a shot. If you’re just getting comfortable taking photos, it may be intimated to look straight into the camera.
To get more comfortable looking straight into the camera, I recommend:
Pretending that you aren’t looking into a camera and you’re looking at your photographer instead.
2. Look at the product
If you’re taking photos at brunch or preparing for a make-up campaign, I recommend looking at the product. If you’re at brunch, you can look at the spread of food. If you’re posing with a make-up palette, you can look at the palette.
When you share photos of you looking at the product, it helps your audience also focus on that product. It’s a psychological thing – people look at what other people are looking at.
For example, in my Seattle’s Most Instagrammable Dessert Places, one pose I incorporated was looking at all the yummy desserts I featured!
3. Look at each other (if you’re with a friend/partner)
If you’re posing with your friends, you should take a few photos looking at each other. You can hold hands skipping through a flower field or stand side by side and also look at each other.
This also works well for couples photo shoots! For example, Brandon came along with me to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival earlier this spring. Maddy and I were actually taking photos for 6 Flower Field Photo Shoot Ideas blog post. But Brandon and I ended up taking a few pictures after Maddy and I finished shooting!
4. Look into the distance
If you’re traveling and wanting to take a scenic shot, you can always look into the distance. You can have your back to the camera facing the view in front of you.
You can also turn your head to capture your profile. Looking into the distance is one way to also highlight the location you’re in. It helps draw your audience’s attention into the landscape you’re in.
5. Look up
If you’ve looked down, looked at the prop you’re posing with, you can also look up! It’s an easy way to add variety to your photos!
6. Look at the direction you’re walking
If you’re walking by the camera, you can always look at the direction you’re walking. The pose will look natural on camera.
Here’s walking by the camera:
Here’s walking towards the camera:
7. Look down
If you’re wanting to highlight a bouquet of flowers or preparing for a hotel photo shoot, looking down away from the camera is an easy way to pose. I’ve changed my gaze from looking straight at the camera to looking down when taking a photo in full body outfit photos as well as portrait photos.
I also look down if I’m in a scenic place and want people to focus on the location around me. You’ve probably seen other people look down for more wanderlust-y types of photos.
8. Look in the mirror
If you have the chance to pose with a mirror, looking straight at the mirror is really easy way to pose. I haven’t done a ton of mirror photos but when we found this adorable bathroom in New Orleans, I knew looking in the mirror was going to be a great pose for the setting.
Capturing a photo while looking into a mirror creates a more interesting shot. You can show off your outfit, your purse, and the fun wallpaper inside the room!
There you have it friends! 8 places to look when you’re taking a photo!
What tips for you have for taking photos?
Thank you for reading!
Photos: Karya Schanilec