How To Look Better In Photos

If you’re like me, you cringe at the thought of getting your picture taken.  There’s a reason I prefer the OTHER side of the camera!

Anyway, here are some posing tips I’ve picked up over the years that can make even snapshots look a whole lot better.  These tips are meant primarily for women, but some of them can be tweaked for guys, too.

To look better in other people’s photos:

1.  Be sure they are shooting down, not up at you.  In other words, be sure the camera is above you (sit if they are standing).  For the picture below, I put the camera up on our deck, and then stood on the ground downstairs.  It tends to emphasize the hair and eyes, rather than the chin.

2.  Turn slightly.  This is a neat little optical illusion that can make people appear slimmer.  Think of the “forced perspective” shots of hobbits in Lord of the Rings, and you’ve got the right idea.

3.  Don’t keep your arms at your sides.  Put your hands on your hips, or hold something.  The key is to bend your elbows and create space between your arms and your body, if possible.  The general rule of thumb is “if it’s a joint, bend it.”

4.  A corollary to #3:  Bend (and slightly cross) your front knee and lower your front shoulder.  It’s much more slimming, and it draws the eye to your face.

5.  If they’re using a point-and-shoot camera (or a wide-angle lens), have them shoot from further away.  This will lessen any lens distortion on your face (this is why people’s noses look bigger when they shoot from close-up using cheap cameras).

That’s all I’ve got for the moment.  Happy posing!

Disclaimer:  the photo below is very snapshotty … Leo was playing around on the deck, right next to the tripod and camera.  I was worried he was about to knock the whole thing down!  But it illustrates some of the points above, so here goes.  🙂

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