Above is a vertical format photo.
Above is a NOT vertical format. Do NOT shoot your photo this way.
Your body and face should be evenly lit in your photo. This is also called "soft lighting." No dramatic lighting, or strong shadows on your face. People must be able to see your eyes in your photo.
Above photo is evenly Lit/Lighted.
The above photo has too many shadows. Do NOT shoot your photo this way.
We highly encourage you to shoot outdoors within 1.5 hours after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset.
Do not take your photo with the sun directly above you. (The sun is usually overhead from 11 AM until 2:30PM) When the sun is overhead, it creates shadows in your eye sockets and makes the model's eyes squint. When shooting your photo outdoors, scheduling your shoot within 1.5 hours after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset is always best!
Do not concern yourself with the background behind you. Choose a simple, non-cluttered background. A large open space with grass, such as a running track or football field is always good even though it seems plain. Girls and professionals do not care about the background. They want to see YOU.
Do not shoot your photo in front of a commercial establishment, store, or any building that has a logo on it.
We highly encourage you to shoot outdoors during the times specified. (Most indoor rooms offer less light than outdoor spots. You will have a higher risk of producing a dark and out of focus photo when you shoot your photo indoors.)
A little planning will make your photo look more professional. The best locations are outdoors on a grassy yard or ball field. If you must shoot indoors with a flash, pick a larger room without much furniture. Avoid bedrooms or dorm rooms unless they are spacious and uncluttered. Move furniture out of the way from behind you, if needed. Make sure there are no windows or mirrors in the background. A blank wall in the background keeps the emphasis on you.
The more light, the better: Turn on every light in the room. Replace light bulbs with 100 watt bulbs. Choose a time of day when the most sunlight comes in a room. Open the curtains.
The Right Spot: "The sun" or a light should be shining on the front of your body, not on your back. Do not stand in front of a window or any other bright light source. This will cause your face to be silhouetted and dark.
Review your photo (before you send it to anyone). Assure your face and body are not too dark in the electronic image.
Avoid photos that are out of focus.
If you are shooting indoors and do not have a tripod available, we highly encourage you to not hold your camera in your hands. Borrow a step ladder or use any steady surface, such as a counter, shelf, dresser or large pile of books at least 4 feet high. Set your camera on a step of the ladder or table and aim the camera at you. Have someone else "stand in" the spot where you will stand - so you can position the camera properly. Tape the camera in place if necessary. Then press the camera's button. Holding a camera in a person's hands indoors often produces blurry photos.
Double-check your image. Your eyes are a way to tell if a photo is in focus. Enlarge the photo as large as possible. If your eyes are very blurry in the photograph, it is out of focus.
The full length photo should show your body from head to toe. If you do not have a tripod available like shown in the above diagram, see "Avoid Blurry Photos" above.
Your half length photo should show your body from your thighs to top of your head. If you do not have a tripod available like in this diagram, see "Stable Surface" above.
Your waist-up photo should show nothing below your hips, including any waistbands or other fabric from clothing.
You choose what you wear. You decide how you pose and what to wear in your photo.
Try wearing different items, then show at least 6 friends who will give you honest opinions of which photo looks best.
If you wear underwear, assure there are no stains in the underwear. It is recommeded you buy a new pair you can pose in.
Avoid large logos on clothing (Logos on waistband of underwear are acceptable.)
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