There are a few places in this world that make beautiful back drops for photos. In fact, these places compel you to take photos. You just can’t help yourself because you must capture the essence of joy you felt there in hopes of bringing it back to your daily life. One of those places is the beach. On a hectic day, there’s nothing quite like looking at a photo of yourself at the beach to remember that you were once relaxed. Sometimes as a mom though, you just don’t feel like you have the mojo to be the bikini clad subject of a picture.
After a bit of experimenting, I have developed the art of posing at the beach, creating a stunning creative shot, and keeping your confidence in tact. First, there’s the hair and beautiful dress blowing in the wind shot.
The beach really steals the show in this photo, but I’m in it too…and for the first time, I didn’t want to hit delete! None of my problem areas show. You would never know how out of shape my legs are, how sad my ‘mommy’ chest is, or how big I think my nose is. When I look at it, I can imagine the soft sand beneath my feet, and the warm wind passing by. Goal accomplished!
Next, we have the artistic shot. This was actually taken at the same time of day, but if you stand with the sun in a different spot and play around with camera angles, you can achieve something intriguing.
I can picture this photo on some sort of ‘Thinking of you’ or ‘Missing you’ kind of greeting card. Maybe even the cover of a romance novel “Waiting For Love’s Whisper.” Either way, I think it’s a pensive shot, and the thoughts it makes me have are definitely not, ‘Oh man, I can’t believe how horrible I look on the beach!’
Lastly, we have the very creative fun shot, meant for whimsy and play.
I think I might make a whole series of these with fun movements and call it ‘Shadow Dancing’. I took this picture myself, which is why there is not a photographer’s shadow. This kind of posing is perfect for hiding absolutely everything! It doesn’t matter if you’re having a bad hair day, have a pimply face, or just don’t like your outfit. I think it is especially great for the upcoming holiday beach trips where your skin is already winter white and you are unable to hold off the photo taking until the golden tan arrives. It’s time to stop being the one who takes all the vacation photos. Get creative and be the star in some of them too!