As the editor of Vegas magazine, I organize photo shoots and pick pictures for publication all day long. Another part of my job includes representing the magazine at the very best of Las Vegas events that in turn require having my photo taken, something I have loathed my entire life. But since I now have to run 3-4 of those pictures in every issue (oh, and I have a blog!), I have learned how to take good pictures or at least do the best I can. More and more lately, I’ve been asked for tips, so these skills must be improving… I promise you, it’s not about looking like a model or having the most expensive clothes, as evidenced in the following photos. In fact, there are several easy tips that make all the difference in the world.
I have two favorite tricks, one of which I utilized [ABOVE] with Steve Carell, my current cover model and the star of the hilarious upcoming Vegas-based film, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. In a nutshell, I always slide in behind who-ever I am taking a photo with, to block half my body. [BELOW] is another example, this time with Coco Austin, star of Ice Loves Coco on E! and the live show Peepshow on the Strip. Because I immediately jumped behind her for the shot, her famous, uh, assets blocked half my body making me look 10 lbs thinner!
My second favorite signature move? ANYone who has ever taken a picture with me, repeat after me. “Higher! Higher!” I always have people take pictures of me from above, even if I have to run behind them, hold the camera up high where I’d like the photo to be taken from, and then run back into my place. Worth the effort! Doing this pretty much guarantees that no double chin will be photographed, and everything in the photo will look smaller.
My final tip is to always, always place yourself in the background. Now, this is not the same thing as actually using someone else to block you. Instead, I mean literally make sure you are not the closest person to the camera. In the picture below, with Vegas food writer John Curtis, after the waiter, close to me, told me that because of a window, that was the only angle he could take the picture from, I immediately panicked: I was in the front! But John, being an old-fashioned, red-blooded male, could not have cared less about where he was in the photo. So we swapped seats (sitting in front of each other’s meals), and snap!, we had a great photo.
One last example, using the good-natured NVR Guys, during a recent visit. I was horrified when they asked for a photo, since it was a weekend afternoon, and I had on not a drop of makeup. But, by placing myself in the background and having the waiter stand on a chair (the guys behind us clearly enjoyed the show!), we came up with a picture that even picky me was fine with.