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But I never set out to be a photographer. I was (and still am!) going to be a writer. And then as I worked toward that writing goal, someone put a camera in my hand and asked me to try telling stories with something besides words. So with an English nerd's love for character and tone, a romantic's love for poignant beauty, and a realist's love for imperfection, I dove in.

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That was back in 2010.

Since that time, photography has changed much of my life. It's brought me some of my dearest friends. It's reshaped the way my husband Danny and I view serving others. It has even literally taken me around the world. One thing that hasn't changed: my soul-stirring desire to tell stories that feel so real you're sure you knew them before you heard them. Or saw them. It's my privilege to tell those stories for my clients, and for the generations of their families still to come.

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A Few Tips for Posing Yourself in Holiday Pictures

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Next week we’ll roll into the holidays again — that wonderful time of year when there is no shortage of family and friends and food . . . and probably photographs. Thanksgiving dinner with the family? Picture time! Christmas cocktails with the girls? Let’s all look cute for the camera!

Whenever Danny and I pose our subjects for portraits, we try to pass along a few simple tips they can use any time they’re photographed, because it’s amazing how changing the way you stand oh-so-slightly can determine whether you like how you look in your pictures. So here are a few quick– very quick, and by no means comprehensive — tricks for looking your best each time a friend wants to grab a quick group photo. Of course there are times when we intentionally break these rules when we’re posing our subjects individually, and different bodies pose well different ways, but here are some standard go-to rules that will help anyone, male or female, look great in a snap.

Turn your body at a three-quarters angle to the camera rather than facing the camera squarely — it’s frequently more figure flattering:Daytona Beach photographer

Put your weight on the leg farther away from the camera and put a little bend in the leg nearer the camera — it will keep you from appearing rigid, and as an added bonus, it can be slimming:New Smyrna Beach photographerIf you’re sitting, be sure to cross your legs away from the camera rather than toward the camera — it will almost always be more flattering to your legs:Daytona Beach photographersTilt your head slightly — it will make you look loose and relaxed:Daytona Beach photography

Give your hands something to do so your arms don’t just hang at your sides — it will help you look comfortable and purposeful:Florida wedding photographerOh, and one more thing, but I think you’ve probably got this one down:


~ Laura

  1. Carole Van Houten Holland says:

    It was a wonderful wedding the pictures are incredibly beautiful! The photography captured the love and fun of this very special day! Good memories to last a life time! Love to both James and Steph!

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