Photo Shoot With Linnea Paulina Photography

I mentioned last week that I went to a photography event with the Portland Bloggers.  The Portland Bloggers are a group committed to connecting bloggers in the Portland area and helping them to forge relationships that lead to better blogging.  Strike A Pose was an event to help bloggers with posing and styling, hair and makeup, and have photographs taken be professional photographers.  I went in with little idea what to expect.  I had never had real advice on any of these topics, and had never had my photograph taken by a professional.  But my experience at ALT taught me that bloggers are some of the kindest and welcoming folks out there.  So I went in with a smile on my face ready to start conversations with strangers and make some new friends.

At the event we were broken up into small groups of about six people including the photographer and a stylist.  My photographer was the lovely Linnea of Linnea Paulina Photography.  We began with a short discussion sharing idea about how best to pose for the camera.  Easy tips:
  • Angle your body 45 degrees away from the camera
  • Keep your weight on your back leg
  • Angle your front shoulder up and hold your arm slightly away from your body
  • Smile with your eyes
  • Don't be afraid to flirt with the camera
I had heard of a few of these tips before.  But being reminded of them really helps.  I had been told before to flirt with the camera.  But I was never clear exactly what this meant.  Am I supposed to wink and make kissy faces?  (Don't worry that's not actually how I flirt)  Linnea gave us great advice on imagining you are talking to someone you are interested in.  Aside from facial expression this means brushing your bangs out of your eyes, touching your neck or collarbone, or twirling your hair.  All of these things look way more natural on camera than I thought they would.  And just like they are inviting to the person you are flirting with, they make for an inviting image to the viewer.

I get very shy when I have my picture taken.  When I get shy end up making what I call baby face:  big eyes, small mouth, puffy cheeks.  To people who know me this can be endearing, but its not the face I want to put forward professionally.  I told Linnea about this and she did a great job making me feel comfortable in front of the camera.  In my current head shot I look normal and happy because I was joking with Nathan off camera.  So she started asking me about our relationship, and I totally relaxed.  Talking about Nathan makes me smile naturally and natural smiles look good on camera.

One of the most interesting things about they day was watching the other people in our group get photographed.  Olga of Vintage Pretty, Megan of Boho Mama, and Spencer of 12oz. Beehouse were all in my group.  They are all such lovely ladies and watching them work it for the camera really helped me.  Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking was our stylist and she was very helpful both in making us look good, and making us laugh. 

It was a really fun and informative day.  I met some wonderful people I look forward to seeing again at the next Portland Bloggers event, and I have great new head shots.

Thanks to:

Portland Bloggers for organizing the event
Linnea Paulina for sharing her tremendous talent
The Space for providing a lovely venue
Elephants Delicatessen for tasty treats
Sammy's Flowers for letting me pose with their lovely ranunculus


  1. Oh, I LOVE this, and you look so beautiful. Of course in person too, this is not the case, you look better in person, blah, blah!! And love your mexican embroidered shirt/dress, or is it from Guatemala??

    1. Thanks Gio!! I love my embroidered dress. I think it is a Mexican style, but I got it at a junk shop in San Francisco for $2. They had no idea the treasure they had on their hands! I feel happy every time I wear those bright colors.

  2. These turned out beautiful! Linnea is so awesome - i'm glad you are close in Portland now!!!!

    1. Thanks Emily! Linnea was so great at making me feel comfortable in front of the camera. Are you going to the PNW blogger event? Or it might be too close to your due date? That baby is coming so soon!

  3. I enjoyed reading through your blog! I have always wanted to visit Portland (someday!!) I live about an hour from Asheville, NC. I hope you enjoy your new city! I look forward to following your blog.

    1. Hi Julia! Thanks for reading my blog! I was in Asheville in the fall and NC definitely stole a piece of my heart.

  4. Lovely post and wonderful photos! I am so glad that you joined us!