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Sunshine Coast Photographer Offers Women Tips on How to Look Beautiful in Photographs

Queensland, Australia – WEBWIRE

QUEENSLAND, Australia February 2015 – A photograph freezes a moment in time and breathes life back into memories. However, photographs can make people feel self-conscious and uncomfortable, as the picture also represents a depiction of themselves to others.

According to Sunshine Coast photographer, Paula Brennan, it’s crucial to capture the memory in an authentic manner, and celebrate the essence of the time, energy and people in the picture. Paula’s photographic work specialises in making women look and feel confident and beautiful, and proud of their bodies.

“My photography takes women on an intimate, personal journey. It’s the type of experience that feels more powerful as a gift, because women are often hard on themselves, and feel guilty when they make time for themselves, especially if that means being away from the family,” says Paula.

Paula Brennan believes social media trends such as selfies, are contributing to women devaluing themselves. “Quality photography is a dying breed because of things like selfies, which is a shame because selfies are usually taken by people who aren’t trained in photography, and don’t know the secrets on how to take the most complimentary photographs. Selfies don’t leave women feeling great; there’s a real art on how to take a good photograph of yourself.”

Here are Paula’s top five tips on how to take a flattering photograph:

1.      Having the correct lighting is integral to producing flattering and confident images in sexy photo shoots. It’s also important for regular photographs, like holiday snaps. “Always face the light source, and try to time the photo so that the source is a soft light, like a sunset,” says Paula.

2.      Shifting weight to the back foot makes the body look slimmer, and creates an hourglass shape.

3.      “A common fallacy is that a raised chin is more flattering than a downward face. It’s not true.” The best pose can be achieved by pushing the chin forward and slightly down.

4.      Pulling an arm slightly away from the body lengthens it and can take inches off, just by ensuring the arm isn’t flattened against the body. Hands on hips is perfect for sexy photo shoots.

5.      Think happy thoughts. Well-engaged eyes and a real smile win over all of the above tips, every single time. If the face looks amazing, it will be the focus instead of the body or the background.
Paula’s main passion is to celebrate women of all ages and shapes. “As a woman ages, she ceases to exist in photographs because she feels too self-conscious. So often I see photos of children and family in households, and the female of the house captured in pictures from when she was younger,” Paula says.

“It’s sad that women lose their self-esteem after a certain age. They should be proud of who they are and what they’ve achieved, and should celebrate every part of themselves.”

Contact Sunshine Coast photographer Paula Brennan through to discover more about how to look beautiful in photographs.


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