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And how to snag an amazing shot every time. We spent the evening with Sari of @eatwelldetroit at The Dequindre Cut to snap some photos for the IG. Check out the tips and tricks we used to create these killer shots:

Behind the scenes with Sari from @eatwelldetroit.

Behind the scenes with Sari from @eatwelldetroit.

1. LIGHTING, LIGHTING, LIGHTING

You’ve probably heard this a million times, and that’s because no matter what kind of camera or phone you are shooting on, lighting is key. The best source is natural light. If you are outdoors, try shooting on a cloudy day, pick a shady spot, or take your photos at golden hour (the hour following the sunrise or the hour preceding sunset) to reduce shadows. If you are indoors, take your photos next to a window to give clear images that are well exposed.

Pose with your body in mind. Consider creating angles and shapes that are flattering to the feminine figure/curves. 

Pose with your body in mind. Consider creating angles and shapes that are flattering to the feminine figure/curves. 

2. DON'T BE AFRAID TO POSE

If your go-to pose is to put one hand on your hip, it’s time to reconsider. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your posing because it gives your Instagram feed dimension. Grab your favorite magazine and study the Kendalls and Gigis of the world. Find shapes and angles that look flattering, and experiment during your next photo opp. One of my top tricks for posing is to never face the camera head on. Create a slimming look by angling your body so one side is closer to the lens.

Make use of found objects to add dimension and texture to your photo.

Make use of found objects to add dimension and texture to your photo.

3. THE EDITORIAL LOOK FOR LESS

Get creative with your photos by using common household items to enhance the texture of your shots. I found an old spring and a bookcase designed for a locker from high school (lol!) to play with shadows and texture with Sari. The effect is eye catching because it differs from most portraits and keeps the viewer guessing. Using found items is the perfect way to achieve that editorial vibe without breaking your bank.

4. FIND A FAMILIAR SPOT

Take your photos in a location in which you and your Instagram audience are familiar with. We chose The Dequindre Cut because there are a lot of murals to pose with, there’s plenty of space to play with, and it’s a fun location to walk outdoors! While initially it might feel awkward to pose and photograph in public, the fear diminishes over time. With practice, you’ll be an Instagram pro!

We want to see your best portrait shots! Tag us @jadoredetroit to receive some <3.

Want to see more of Sari? Check her out on Instagram @eatwelldetroit or at her website https://eatwellwithsari.com/.

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