You know your photogenic friend who constantly looks amazing in photos? She’s about to get some competition. Between upcoming winter parties and family gatherings, it’s the season of picture taking, and we’ve got you covered. We put together 10 tips to make sure you look your best in every photo.
From knowing your angle to strategically placing the camera, these tips will without a doubt change the way you pose for photos. We promise after you nail these photogenic tricks you’ll never take an unflattering photo again. And when it comes to tip seven, a little practice goes a long way. Keep reading to learn the easy ways you can become more photogenic. Scroll down to get ready for your close-up.
Never stand the closest to the camera, or you’ll look disproportionately larger. Instead, position yourself on an even plane with the other people in the photo.
According to fashion blogger Chriselle Lim, a lower angle visually stretches your figure, making you look taller.
Turning your head slightly is more flattering than facing the camera straight-on because it will give your features more depth. Hello, cheekbones!
When seated, ask the photographer to take the picture from above, and tilt your face up to meet the camera, which will help define your jaw. According to Garance Doré, “A shot from above is a godsend!”
If you’re the one posting the photo, crop it so your entire body fills the frame. This will create the illusion of vertical length.
Trust us—this totally works.
Putting your tongue behind your teeth when smiling will help you avoid a too-wide grin. Just remember to smile with your eyes so you don’t look unhappy!
Looking at a light right before a photo is taken will shrink your pupils, which helps minimize the dreaded red eye.
The hard “e” sound at the end of “money” makes the corners of your mouth go up and your eyes crinkle, creating the affectation of a genuine smile.
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