We've all seen them, and we all have them; horrible self portraits. My double chin looks triple, my stomach looks huge, my body looks awkward, and the friggin flash from the camera in the mirror is blocking my face! Yes, we're full figured and proud but we want great photos. Here are some tips that I've compiled so that we can all get that better picture!
1. Divafy yourself. Yes put on that make-up, do your hair, put on those foundational garments, and accessorize! You don't have to wear your cocktail dress or club outfit but just wear clothes that fit well. Don't take the photos on days where you need rest because cameras don't lie and the fatigue will show all over your face. Your pictures will great if you take your photos early in the morning when you're energized and the outdoor lighting is great. Which brings us to number 2..
2. Have proper lighting. The most popular problem with self portraits is the lack of adequate lighting. Even if you have a flash indoors the picture will look dark or grainy when there isn't enough light. Turn on every overhead light in the room. If it's in the daytime, open all of the blinds to let the sunlight in. You can rarely have too much light.
3. No Mirrors! Leave it alone because it just doesn't work. Not only will your hand or arm that's holding the camera be visible but the mirror is going to reflect the glare from the flash, and this will obscure your face. If you have no other choice, be prepared to take 100 or more pictures until you find one you actually like.