Hello & welcome to the blog! I'm Angela Norton, and I'm a family, senior, & wedding photographer based in North Central Florida. I'd love for you to relax a while here, and enjoy reading the ANP stories. You'll also find resources for your next session or wedding!
When you have a backyard like this, why would you ever leave? This sweet family session at their home was just perfect.
The Cramer family home served as a beautiful backdrop for their family session. We had great weather, a beautiful golden sunset, and lots of smiles.
When you have a backyard like this, why would you ever leave? This sweet family session at their home was just perfect. The Cramer family home served as a beautiful backdrop for their family session. We had great weather, a beautiful golden sunset, and lots of smiles.
When I ask my bride if she plans on a first look, she typically responds with a no, with a super quick follow up that she’s really sorry because she knows it helps with the timeline, but….. fill in the blank.
Why I love first looks, and the reason might surprise you!
St. Augustine & Washington Oaks
Rebecca and Austin’s wedding at the Ocala Boat Club in the Ocala National Forest in Florida was one for the books! They planned this wedding for a couple of years, and when I got the call that they had a date, I was ecstatic! You see, Austin is in the military and he had a very hard time getting a schedule nailed down. And as you will see, it was worth the wait!
Ocala Boat Club Wedding
Unless you are a professional model and know how to pose, posing in front of a camera isn’t easy. I totally get it. I teach people how to pose all day long, but put me in front of the camera and I freeze!
I’d like to give you just a handful of some basic tips that will help you feel more comfortable during your session.
You’ll want to angle your face towards the light. What this does is bring life to your eyes with catchlights. Also, it will give your skin a bit of a glow and help blur blemishes and fine lines.
Angling your body 45 degrees to the camera, with your weight shifted to one leg, is also preferable. It slims you down, and is a more natural look.
Keep your chin down a bit. We all have a tendency to lift our face when we stand up nice and tall. Instead push your face forward a bit, thus elongating your neck, and ever so slightly lower the chin.
Easier said than done, I know. Happy and relaxed body language makes for a great picture, and any tension you feel is shown in your body language and especially your eyes. At some point during almost every session, someone will start fake smiling. So, I’ll ask them to smile with their eyes. Even if you don’t feel it, just squint your eyes a tiny tiny bit, and that will do the trick!
Make sure you have good posture, BUT don’t get so stiff you look like a soldier standing at attention. Stand up straight, relax your shoulders, and give a slight tilt of your head, with your chin down slightly. Great posture makes you look thinner and more confident.
Also, if it bends, bend it. A slight bend to any of your limbs instantly makes you look more relaxed. Bending your limbs gives separation from your body, and is slenderizing.
Sometime the outfit you are most comfortable wearing day to day, is not right for pictures. For example, a nice flowy, comfy top, can make you appear boxy and hide your curves. For more details on wardrobe choices, take a look at my wardrobe articles for Family Sessions or Engagement Sessions.
If you already have a side you prefer to take your pictures on, let your photographer know! I’ll be honest, sometimes I get so in the zone and excited that I’ll sort of forget that you like one side. So, don’t be afraid to remind me!
What? I promise I’m not trying to be contradictory! Some of the best images happen while your in motion. While you are walking, truly laughing, or brushing back your hair.
Some products just aren’t made for picture taking. Greasy products make for shiny faces, and this includes using an SPF product under your foundation.
Tips that will help you feel more comfortable during your session.
Here’s a perfect example of why I offer Petite Sessions all year long. A half hour is perfect for quickly getting in a milestone session.
And ain’t nothing cuter than this sweet girl! K is a toddler on the move, and her momma and me were having a hard time keeping up with those cute little legs.
Bree and K were down visiting their family farm, and called me for a quick session. You see, K’s daddy is very far away in Washington serving in the military, and Bree wanted to do something special for him. I love it that Bree was super relaxed about it all. She simply wanted some pro images of K, with no fanfare…. easy peasy!
We had the session at Bree’s parents’ house, and just let K explore and run as much as she wanted! I just chased her with the camera, and played peek a boo every now and again.
This session was actually a reschedule from the night before. We were rained out of an evening session, and worked with our schedules to fit this one in on the next morning. The bright midday light was just what all of us needed, and the look fit’s K’s personality just right.
Bree, congrats on the other thing (wink, wink) too! I can’t wait to see ya’ll again!
Give K some sugar for me. 🙂
A petite session is available all year long, in Morriston, Monday-Thursdays. Schedule your easy petite session today!
Here’s a perfect example of why I offer Petite Sessions all year long. A half hour is perfect for quickly getting in a milestone session. And ain’t nothing cuter than this sweet girl! K is a toddler on the move, and her momma and me were having a hard time keeping up with those cute […]