Take It From a Supermodel: This Is the Key to Capturing the Perfect Photo

There are countless elements to consider when snapping a photograph, including the angle, depth, and location, to name a few. But as Helena Christensen, supermodel, '90s icon, and skilled photographer noted in a recent Harper's Bazaar UK interview, there's really only one key to capturing the perfect image.

"Lighting is the most important factor for an interesting photo," she shared with the publication. "And there doesn't necessarily have to be a lot of light. I mostly find a lack of light to be what makes a portrait stand out, as it captures the spirit of the subject more intimately."

She also offered up some tips for finding this perfect light. "If you have time, move around with the camera pointed at you to find unique light … Just grabbing your phone and taking a random shot in a car at night with streetlight and other car lights flashing behind you can be really cool," she noted.

Of course, we immediately went to Christensen's Instagram to see her photo skills in action, and as expected, her feed was filled with stunning portraits, perfect selfies, and artfully crafted still lives that all have one thing in common: perfect lighting. Now, scroll down to see some of our favorite snaps from the supermodel.

Modern prairie

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Saturday’s flowers

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