You look better than you think you do {Photography by Michael Tortorich}

February 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

It's widely held that Beyonce is a beautiful woman. It would be rather difficult to argue that point.

But even the most gorgeous people are capable of looking less than their best.

The photos above are from Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance. These shots were found randomly on the Internet. I did a simple Google search, and these unflattering photos cropped up.

When I shoot anything, I don't ever promise every single frame to anyone. I've been doing this long enough to know that there will always be a percentage of shots that need to go to "photo heaven."

It's not necessarily anything that the photographer did wrong, nor is it the subject's fault. The slightest things can make a world of difference in an image.

This subtle tactic can be used in photojournalism. If a news outlet staff so chooses, it may select a particularly unflattering photo to use as a plausibly deniable jab at the person. They can always fall back on, "Well, we just showed up and took the photo. It is what it is."

A skilled photographer has the awareness and control of key elements like lighting and composition to drastically increase the odds of capturing quality images.

The moms who use their mobile phone cameras in dark school gyms have a slim to none chance of capturing a remotely decent photo of a moving subject.

Beyonce looks better than this...we all know it because we've seen her enough over the years. We know the president generally doesn't impersonate Grumpy Cat. And we know young blonde women cherry-pick the best photos for their Facebook profile picture (high angle, soft light and focus, tightly-cropped, and typically in a bathroom after slathering on makeup).

If you would like only photos of your "good side," here's how to reach me:

Michael Tortorich on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​tortorich
Michael Tortorich Photography on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​MichaelTortorichPhotographyLLC
Michael Tortorich on Twitter - https:/​/​twitter.​com/​MikeTortorich
Michael Tortorich on LinkedIn - http:/​/​www.​linkedin.​com/​pub/​michael-​tortorich/​22/​35a/​a61

To reach me directly, call or text me at 225-717-0762.


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Based in the swampy confines of south Louisiana, Michael Tortorich Photography specializes in a variety of creative and artistic styles. {Contact: 225-717-0762}

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