Tricks for looking good in a photograph - from a Visalia Photographer
Jan 19, 2016
There are some simple things that you can do to help yourself look your best when having your picture taken. Here are some of those things:
Turn your body about 45 degrees to the side, swivel your shoulders towards the camera, plant one foot slightly in front of the other, and put all of your weight on your back leg. It simultaneously slims the waist, lengthens the legs, and makes you look taller. If you like the hand-on-hip pose and you have a short torso, place your hand lower than your actual waist. If your torso's long, place your hand a bit above the waist.
When you're sitting in a photo, your torso looks folded and your back rounds to the camera, so you need to sit up as straight as you can right before the picture is taken. Imagine someone is tugging you up by a string attached to the crown of your head, so your spine and neck are elongated, then pull your stomach in and point your chin down slightly.
If you're standing with a partner, facing them, and placing your hand on their stomach or chest during a photo, push your arm away from your body a few inches so it doesn't smash against your torso and lose definition. That will slim your arm.
If you're sitting or standing at the edge of a group, angle your hips toward the group, then turn your shoulders to the camera and pull them back a bit to whittle the waist.
When sitting with your legs visible, crossing your legs directly in front of you in a photo cuts your body and legs in half. Instead, swing your legs to the side, cross your camera-facing leg over the other, and point both feet downward to highlight your calf muscles and elongate the legs. If you're worried about your thighs looking smushed when they're crossed, push off your tippy-toes to raise your bottom thigh ever so slightly off of the chair, then lift your top leg so it's just barely resting on your bottom one.
To prevent a double chin: The camera flattens your features, so you want to exaggerate a long, slender neck when you're being photographed from the front. Push your shoulders back, thrust your neck out like a rooster, and tilt your chin down a few degrees. I know that feels funny, but it actually looks great in a photo. To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit. Think of sticking out your forehead and tipping your chin slightly down.
If you tend to blink in photos, close your eyes just before the picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks. No more half-closed eyes!
Take a look at your favorite pictures of yourself and try to spot a pattern. Do you like the way you look from a certain angle? When you smile a specific way? Try to replicate your best poses next time you have your photo taken.
Women, something to think about doing… fill in your brows. Not only do your eyebrows convey character and emotion, they often mean all the difference between looking wide awake and washed out on camera. You may even consider using a slightly darker brow pencil if you know you’ll be photographed, since features tend to look lighter in pictures.
Blush is a must! Without some color on your cheeks, your face can look two dimensional in photos. Use a medium pink shade on the apples of your cheeks to help shape your face.
Try the “red carpet” pose: put your hand on your hip, angle your body to the side and turn your head towards the camera. It’s a cliché, but it really does work to help you look slimmer.
Forget saying “cheese,” and instead think of something funny. Better yet, joke with the photographer. A natural smile trumps a fake one every time.