Everyone worries so much about how they look in photos, here is a quick guide to help you relax and be more comfortable having your photo taken – and seeing yourself in images!
Did you know that many of us suffer from Petit Mort when a camera is pointed at us? Yes, we freeze and have a ‘little death’!!
- Show your good side (it’s often the side where your hair parts).
- Lower your front shoulder slightly to create more dynamic angles and elongate your neck.
- Stick out your chin a tiny bit to prevent double chin.
- Express yourself through your eyes: think positive thoughts or just bring energy into your gaze.
- Blink halfway through a count of three (if the photographer gives you one) so that your eyes won’t be mid-blink for the shot.
- If you’re posing for a full body shot, turning your body three quarters of the way towards the camera, with one shoulder closer to the camera and one foot in front of the other. This will make you body appear slimmer than if you were facing the camera face on.
- For seated shots, extend your neck and then tilt your head down slightly to get rid of double chin actions, as well as views up your sinuses.
- Forcing a fake chuckle will transform your cheesy smile into the genuine you inside. Think of a funny joke, pretend the photographer is naked, or just think of someone who makes you happy – your natural smile will emerge and make you look a lot better.
- Remember, action is your friend. Place your hands on your hip, and laugh. Smile at another person in the photo and engage in a short joke. Let your personality shine through your activity and you’ll be surprised at how much more photogenic you really can be.
- Make sure you feel proud of who you are. If you feel like you are ugly, then you won’t look your best in the picture. If you’re uncomfortable with your teeth, learn to smile with your mouth closed and ‘smile with your eyes.’ Remember, you can experiment with all different kinds of emotions. The main thing is to always be aware of your body.
- Feel comfortable, confident, and have fun!
- Face the camera head-on; you don’t want to look like you’re having a mug shot!
- Stand too far apart when posing with a group. Even if standing much closer than usual feels odd, it will look natural in the photo.
- Hesitate to take a lot of shots—the more pictures you take, the more you’ll have to choose from when it’s time to select your favorites.
- Just stand there! Experiment with poses and give the photographer a range of expressions.
- Don’t try to bend your body into uncomfortable or awkward poses – just be yourself and let your mood take over your body.
- Don’t just settle for a half-felt emotion – commit fully to the shoot.