STRONG SELF IMAGE | Photographing the True You

Courtney Elson

Whether it’s for LinkedIn, social media or a dating website, all women need a great photo that represents themselves. Taking a professional-looking headshot can be intimidating, but these tips will make it easier, and fun! 

    1. Clothing – What makes you feel powerful? If you feel good, you will look good. Jewel toned color clothing (purple, green, blue) photograph well. Avoid big chunky jewelry close to the face.

    2. Hair - Style your hair or get a blow out; you’re worth it! Clean and polished is always a good look.

    3. Skincare - Prep your skin with a good skin care regimen. Exfoliate and moisturize.

    4. Makeup - A natural or glamour look will photograph better than a bare face. Choose a lipstick with a complimentary colored blush to accentuate your cheeks. De ne your brows with a pencil and gel.

    5. Posing - Stand up straight! Laugh, be silly, be dynamic, move. Try practicing your smile and poses in the mirror. To tighten your chin up a bit, put your tongue at the roof of your mouth and smile. Have fun!

    6. Angles - Get creative. If you are photographing yourself, try different angles and take many photos. Position your camera at a 30-45* angle above your head to reduce your chin. Utilize your timer feature. Take a video of yourself posing, then replay it slowly and screen-shot the best angle. If you have an iPhone, try portrait mode.

    7. Lighting - Find shade or an area of indirect light and face the light source. Avoid harsh shadows and yellow-orange lighting. Standing by a white wall can help project neutral light on you.

    8. Confidence – The most important tip – feeling con dent will project a strong and beautiful image for your photo.

Courtney Elson

Courtney Elson is a local Columbus entrepreneur who supports women owned businesses. She has a BFA in Photography from the Ohio State University. She is the owner of Elson Photography, and an Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She enjoys converging her two businesses and creating and fostering confidence in women. In her personal life, she is an avid food and wine lover and leads a volunteer group at the Columbus community kitchen of Faith Mission.

This article originally appeared in LUXE Magazine F/W 2019 Cbus Edition, page 42.

Excerpt from the original article by Lisa Robin Adkinsondesigner of Lisa Robin Jewelry and co-founder of LUXE Gives Back, LLC. She is fulfilling a lifetime desire to be a writer, editor, and publisher through contributions to LUXE Magazine. 


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