Smile for the Camera
Like many women I know, I really hate to have my picture taken. I’m self conscious about the weight I’ve gained over the last few years and I’m irritated that my skin is only slightly better than it was when I was a teenager.
But, since family photo albums look funny when mom is missing from all the pictures, I’m trying to be better about getting in front of the camera on occasion.
If you share my dislike of the camera, here are a few tips for taking more flattering photos that you might find helpful:
- Look at your outfit against a white wall to see if it’s truly flattering for your figure and complexion.
- Use blotting papers before a photo session so your skin looks less oily.
- Avoid lipstick or lip gloss with super glossy finish, since this can make your lips look waxy. Use a blue-red lipstick to make your smile look brighter.
- Use a cream highlighter below your brows, along the top of your cheekbones, and right above your lip to keep the camera’s face from making your face look flat.
- Try to avoid facing the camera head on for full-body shots, since this is the least flattering pose.
- If you’re standing, place the hand closest to the camera on your hip to make your upper body look slimmer or hold your arms bent and slightly away from your body with your shoulders back.
- If you’re sitting, clasp your hands gently in front of you so your hands form a soft arc. Turn your knees at an angle to make your legs look longer.
- To make your face look more relaxed, take a deep breath and release it right before the photographer snaps the picture.
What are the best tips you’ve heard for looking good in photos?
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