2 months ago
2. Smile with your eyes...
Part two in my guide on how to look better in photos.
If you're like me, your eyes either: a) disappear completely in a squint or
b) look dead/tired/angry/unengaged/scared/stressed
The first problem is often connected to oversmiling or narrow eyes.
The other problem appears when the sclera (white part of the eye) is visible below and/or above the iris (coloured part of your eye). You get the "deer-in-headlight"—look.
You can prevent this from happening by doing this exercise: Put yourself infront of a mirror looking straight forward, neutral expression, blank mind. Take notice on how your eyes appear in this state. Any white showing below and/or above the iris?
Then, smile as wide and big as you possibly can. Are you squinting?
Now you know what your neutral and most "happy" face look and feels like. Next part is to tweek your expression for camera.
Go back to neutral again, but this time think of something you enjoy doing, your happy-place. Did your expression shift? More life in your eyes perhaps?
You can also try closing your eyelids gently, open them slowly and stop just when the iris "rests" on the lower eyelid, showing no sclera. Voilà, you're now smiling with your eyes like beautiful @carolinecarmefeldt in the picture!
From this position you can add a gentle smile if you want to. Do this exercise often, so it feels natural when you're infront of the camera.
Have a lovely weekend and please let me know if this helped you! 🤗💕
Nikon D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8G
f/3.2 1/1250s ISO 200
Edited in Lightroom
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