Tips For Camera Shy Moms

Feel More Confident in Photos


With Mother's Day approaching, it's a great time to share tips that will help moms feel more confident in front of the camera.


Moms always do a fantastic job of documenting the lives of their children all the way from birth to college. You only have to look at a mother’s social media pages to see how much they cherish the big and small moments in their children’s lives, every milestone is important to them.


Moms are no strangers to scrapbooking, blogging and documenting their child’s special moments, but the problem is that they often leave themselves out of their collection of photos. Every mom should be in more photos with her children and every mom deserves to feel good about the way she looks in those photos.

Here are a few tips to help moms look fabulous in photos:


Keep that smile natural.

There’s nothing more beautiful than a natural smile or laugh so do what it takes to smile as sincerely as possible. Bring someone along to tell you a few jokes to put you at ease if need be but don’t force that smile.

Angle your body.

It’s time to put all those yoga classes to good use. In order to make your hips look narrower and your shoulders wider, aim to position your body at a ninety-degree angle from the photographer. Now, simply turn your hips towards the camera and square your shoulders.


Use your children as props.

Many women really can’t stand looking at themselves in photos and if this is the case for you, get your children to stand or sit in front of you to avoid being the main focus in the photos.

Keep that chin down.

Unfortunately, sticking your chin in the air doesn’t make for flattering photos. By keeping your chin down, you’ll create shadows and contours that will compliment your face. If you’re worried about having a double chin, lean forward slightly to prevent this from happening.


Tone down your outfit.

A busy outfit is not the best route to go if you’re looking to go unnoticed in a photo. Keep your clothing simple in order to hide anything that you don’t want to draw attention to. You can also opt for black and white photos if you really want to take the attention away from specific details.

Use natural lighting.

Forget the camera flash and opt to have your photos taken outdoors either in the early morning or early evening when there is soft, natural light. It makes for amazing photos.


To schedule a portrait session for your family, please contact Shannon.

Award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world. Based out of Missoula, Montana, Shannon specializes in portrait photography showcasing people, dogs, and horses (all breeds, with a focus on the Arabian horse). Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come.


Please contact Shannon for schedule, availability and pricing.