How to POSE in photos (the 3 best photos to try to look good in any picture)

Hello hello!

When I was in San Diego for my trip a few weeks ago, I was shooting with Arielle Levy, and she had a real nice compliment :) she was complimenting my posing skills.

Honestly I know how to pose to survive in this game. If I didn't know how to pose, there is no way that I could survive taking so many photos. I don't LOVE taking pictures, it's not my favorite thing to do, but I understand that I have to do it because that's what it takes to be a blogger/podcaster/whatever.

Even if you're not a blogger/podcaster you want to look good in photos right? I think we all do, and nowadays everyone is taking photos and everyone is posting them on the 'gram. It's not vain, but it's about working with what you got and making yourself look as best as you can for a photo. 

I would say that I learned how to pose by seeing 12323253490 bad photos, and having 3 good in that mix. If take photos, study them, what's working, what's not and what do you like or dislike about it. Don't say everything because you so beautiful girl!


So my secret sauce, my favorite 3 poses. 

  1. The LEAN: AH YES. I think this is the secret weapon. Truly. Put the small parts of your body forward. So, for me, I always put my leg out a bit, to make it look longer or I'll lean forward with my arms out so that my body is in the background, and looks smaller. Because you are leaning forward, that appears to be larger, and your body smaller. 
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  1. The SQUAT: The Squat is my spirit pose. Truly it is. Gives you a nice curve, and is SASSY as hell. I really love to show off shoes, show off pants, or get down. Make sure your leg is out a bit in front of you, so it elongates your leg. You want to suck in, arch the back and little and keep the arm off your body, to not smash it. 
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  1. SIDEWAYZ: For real, turn your body sideways and you'll cut yourself in half. I usually make sure that my arm is really far away from my body, because you don't want to smoosh that thing and make it look huge. Just keep it away, let it breathe and give it space from your armpit. 
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Any poses I missed? LET A SISTER KNOW. We're in this together honey's.

LOVE YOU.

xo

Krista

 

BLOGGERS. You need this person on your team - STAT.

Hi babes!

Felt like I needed to post on a super important topic to bloggers, as this weekend was MAJOR.

One of my closest friends got engaged, during a surprise engagement in Malibu this weekend!!!! 

It was BEYOND perfect. She's also a blogger, so we planned it as a photoshoot, and we took her (all dressed and ready) to Malibu to the top of a cliff. Then on a perfect day, where her boyfriend was waiting with the perfect ring he PROPOSED.

We had all the photos to capture the moment. It was beyond amazing.

Danika Miller of Iselin + Hale who I have been working with joined us, and KILLED the photos for the engagement. After the engagement we had a beach picnic, they took some more shots, and then we enjoyed a beautiful lunch at the Ivy.

Honestly these weren't staged, even though they are so perfect it almost looks like it!

This weekend I realized with photos, getting a photographer CHANGES THE GAME PERIOD.

(Yes this is what I thought as I am surrounded by marriage and proposal talk - LOL). 

Although I could ask people/friends/Justin to take my photos, it’s a different perspective completely from a professional and with a professional camera.

I’ve been acutely aware of my photo game on the blog. There are highs and there are lows, and there are definitely places where I have strengths, like in travel photos and in my obsession with color.

But also places where I am super weak, like with fashion photos and really good branding photos.

I’m highly aware of where I can improve in almost every area of my life which is a blessing and a curse, that’s for sure.

I think it may not be widely recognized, how time consuming taking photos is. It’s a timing issue with the right light, finding locations, clearing those locations so people aren’t around (ha) getting ready, having outfits and for products having those products in the best set possible.

Then editing and preparing them for the post that you also need to write and link up.

Plus the weather needs to corporate!

Did I also mention you can’t do them on a fat day? HA. There have been times where I went out with Justin, saw a shot and was like – NOPE. Tomorrow it is.

So it’s been a bit of an obsession of mine to work on having better quality photos, and overall more photos for my blog for the past few weeks. I know I needed a photographer to up my game.

I see it like a coach or mentor. It’s identifying where you may be lacking and finding an expert in that space to help you.

It’s not weakness to know your weaknesses! It's also not weakness to find someone that’s better at something than you are and ask them to teach or help you.

Coaches and mentors, are the missing puzzle piece to take you to the next level. But that’s another post.

I wanted to write a little bit about why you need a photographer, how to find them and how to make the most of your relationship.

But first details on this look real QUICK! Since FLORALS are so IN!



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Reasons you need a professional photographer:

  • They have a goodass camera (and know how to use it). I’ve had a NICE camera that Justin got me around our apartment for about a year now. It’s a Nikon D7000, and although I’ve taken classes on how to use the camera, I just don’t know how to use the camera. So, your photographer will have a nice camera that works for them and their comfortable with. They’ll know how to use it!
  • They have a unique perspective and an artistic view. Your photographer has an eye and perspective that they’ve gone to school for, or received training on, or practiced over and over again. It’s their ‘thing’. Their gift. They can see composition of a photo interestingly and differently than most. They know what light is best and why. I could go on but you get it.
  • They’ve got mad editing skills. A photographer most likely uses a photo editor to enhance or improve your photos. By changing colors and brightness as an example you can get a better quality photo, period.
  • To take your photos to the next level. It’s almost like, having a photographer allowed me to feel more like a professional blogger. It was like I felt more the part, because I was investing in the help/person to get me to the next level.

How to find a professional photographer:

I found Danika through the blogger, The Balanced Blonde by Jordan Younger. I LOVE her. She’s so cute and always doing stuff I’m interested in. Plus, I like her posts because she writes full essays, heavy on information and helpful. I noticed that Jordan always was with Danika, sought Danika out and by somehow convinced her to meet with me to be my photographer.

Search hashtags in your area for example: #laphotographer. You can also see which photographer other bloggers in your area are using. Rely on your friends to see if they know a wedding or kids’ photographer that’s also interested in doing fashion photography. There’s a website for freelancers you can find one that’s in your price range to see if you like their aesthetic.

Make sure that you vibe with them. This is so key. You must be comfortable to take good photos.

Your photographer needs to encourage you and make you feel good about being yourself so the photos come out as closely resembling 'you' as possible. 


How to make the most out of your relationship:

It’s also so important to find a photographer that has your aesthetic. Show them pictures, talk about specific things you like in the photos, do you like the movement, the light, the location, the perspective, the colors…there are so many different parts of photos – so try to study it to be descriptive of what you like. If you want to recreate shots, you can even do it. Chances are that it will be different with you in the photo, and you won’t be able to find the exact location.

I chose a lot of really awesome photos from the babes like Tuula Vintage, Sincerely Jules, Maria Ferreira, and Lust for Life. There are some that I feel really represent the boho vibe, that I really am drawn to. I like movement in my photos, I think it provides an energy that you feel when you see a photograph. You sort of predict the movement that happens next. Say in a photo of a dress where there’s movement with the wind. It evokes a greater feeling to me than a stand still poses.

Danika and I went through the photos, discussing what we liked, and it was perfect because it aligned with her aesthetic. Luckily, she's got my exact vibe, so we just got each other immediately.

Also it's good to look at your photographers portfolios and previous work, and tell them which of those photos you love. Explain why you love them and what’s most interesting. This is also helpful because they know what it took to take that photo and recreating something like that is totally possible.

Enjoy the day, and take time for lunch, talk and really get to know each other to build a strong foundation for a relationship that you want to last! Your photographer is super key for your success in creating your vision. This sounds corny, but like, whatever. It’s true.

If you have your family members, boyfriends or friends taking your pictures, you can also show them photos that you’re into so they can try and work to those too. I have a friend who blogs, whose brother bought a camera, and is taking classes because he’s now into it, and wants to support her to take good photos of her.

I’ve taken photography classes to improve my eye, so that’s a good option too.


A few of the shots I used as inspiration: 


The key thing that matters here, is that you feel good about the content you’re putting out there, and if you do - you rule dude.

But if you’re not 100% about it, find someone who can help you to be 100% about it.

I know I shared some of the best photo bloggers I’ve seen, are there any I missed or that you love? I’d love to know more for inspiration!

Also if you have tips and tricks that you use as it relates to photos, do share. I always want to learn more.

Okay good chatting, I feel good about this one and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Also I die for that dress, so cute no?

Chat soon! Feeling crazy this week. You da best.

Xoxo

Krista

UPDATES FROM VIETNAM: Basically a photo diary (part 1)

Hi guys!

What’s up? How’s the week been?  I feel so far from you, ha! :)

Writing an update from the Vietnam trip, from our hotel in Hanoi. Hanoi is a pretty populous city, and there are SO many people. What’s so incredible is that everyone is really just 'in the flow', and you don’t feel stressed at all by the amount of people in an area. It's more like a community.

The main method of transportation is the motorbike, and few people have cars except for transporting goods or if you’re wealthy/a government official. So, you see literally hundreds of motorbikes whizzing by. Honking like crazy, but everyone is calm and not angered by the amount of people in the way or going all sorts of crazy directions. In America, if you honk, you’re pissed basically and need to get someone’s attention, ha, not here!

The people here are so friendly and gracious and polite I can’t even believe it. You feel safe, and our guide told us that if you were to rob someone or steal, the community would get behind the victim, and seek out the person who committed the crime. Like a community that stands for good in a way.

You can see the effects of the war still, and remembering that it opened back up for tourism in 2000 (thanks Bill Clinton) there hasn’t been tourists for THAT long. It’s not clean, and lots of it isn’t ‘pretty’ but text book standards, but when you to major popular cities in the world, that often happens.

What’s fascinating to me is the vibe and feel of the people and how they interact. Seeing how communism plays in as well. There’s lots of abandoned half way built buildings, where people lost the capital to finish, and gave up. There are places where, you’d think, this is INCREDIBLE and that in the United States, so many entrepreneurs or business would eat this alive and build, build, build, but here they can’t afford that. Not saying one is better, just an observation.


What I'm wearing in this post:

Paige Denim Jeans

Forever 21 (Chanel Knock Off) Flats

Gap Boat Neck Stripped Tee (Similar from Old Navy and J.Crew)

Brady Melville Green Jacket (Similar from Shop Bop and Net-a-porter)

Ray Ban Sunglasses Round with Orange Tint


Also, everyone here wears masks because of the pollution problem in the city. Which is truly heartbreaking to think about. Globally, we need to get serious about taking care of our environment, because there should never be a place where you have to wear a mask to survive because we’re polluting the air so much and destroying the land. They also LOVE karaoke, which is amazing. But you have to be ‘serious’ when doing it, and ‘joking’ karaoke is not permitted – LOL.

We spent two nights on a boat in Ha Long Bay, which is what you see in most pictures, and what you saw in my photograph that I posted in my Vietnam packing guide previously. It’s where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, obvi. It’s breathtaking, truly. You’re amidst giant tree covered rocks in the water, like statues. There are monkeys climbing and swinging from the tops, and it’s just super majestic.

Basically – if you’re in Vietnam this is 100% a must-do.

It’s been cloudy, which is a bummer, but I think if it was really nice it would make me explode. We did a kayak trip and a cave exploration which was crazy. They had colored lights shining everywhere so it was like a party cave, which is HILARIOUS.

I’m trying to learn more about the religion and culture, so I can speak intelligently to the people here. But, that takes time, ya know?

Oh yeah, and the food! So if you know me you know I like to eat like protein bars, avocado toast and juices all day basically. I’m truly the worst. So in a new environment, shit doesn’t go over too well. Being vegan is impossible basically and vegetarian is super hard. Secretly hoping to shed some lbs. with lack of interest in the fare, hehe.

I’m keeping up when I have Wi-Fi on snap (@hundredblog) and Instagram (@hundredblogla) so definitely follow along. Also so I can follow you! There is some crazy stuff to snap here, truly.

Some photos, which I am so happy with the photography opportunities here – insane!

Have you guys been to Vietnam? Or anywhere in Asia? What did you think? Also any tips for me, let me know! You guys know everything!

Can’t wait to have a proper catch up soon!

Xo

Krista


Where I’ve stayed so far:

Melia Hotel: Highly recommend. Super easy, great breakfasts and food, and it’s got an amazing spa. I had a 90-minute massage for $40 dollars, and there is a really nice gym, sauna and steam room.

Ha Long Bay Oriental Sails: Pretty big cabins and really big bathrooms for being on a boat! Great day trips to kayak and hike, and they're super friendly.