Are you photogenic or are you always hiding behind the camera (like I used to do)? Do you want to know the secrets to looking great in pictures? Of course you do! Want to look younger, slimmer, more natural? Then you’ve come to the right place, baby! (OMG – I sound like an Infomercial!)
My 10 Secrets to Looking Great in Photos will make you red-carpet worthy! Or at least ready to post those kissy face bathroom shots all over the web! Just kidding!
I’ll be the first to confess that I do not like having my picture taken and I’m usually the one hiding out once the camera appears, unless I’m being directed by my photographer daughter. She always makes me look presentable. OK, sometimes she has to take a few shots to get me to relax before she snaps that magical one that makes me look a tad bit younger. Ah, it’s miraculous!
And just to let you know, I have one simple Facebook rule: No one in the family is allowed to put pics up of me without my approval. And they all know it. I’m serious. I changed my Facebook settings eons ago so that no one can tag me in a picture without my A-OK. Yep, I have to click that tag to approve it. That way, it may show up on their timeline, but it won’t show up on mine.
Two of my daughters and all of my grands are so photogenic, all I have to do is say the word camera and they are posed and ready for a photo shoot. Me, not so much.
So, I consulted with my daughter – actually, as she was walking by my home office (aka the corner of the family room) on her way out the door, I hollered at her and asked for her very best photography tips. She rattled them off with no hesitation whatsoever, while I scrambled for a pen to write them all down. So, being the trusting mom that I am, I did a little recon (my detective speak for research) on the web and lo and behold, her tips were almost exactly the same tips that I found from a famous photographer. My daughter’s got it going on! 🙂 But I already knew that.
And I have to give a shout out to my daughter for patiently posing for me, a pretend photographer!
Are you ready for the 10 secrets? (Hint: Read the entire list: Number 10 is really the number one secret). The next time you have your picture taken, you can do so with confidence! And you can thank me later.
2. Think posture – Shoulders back and down (do a shoulder roll right before that camera snaps the pic) and straight back. Works wonders!
3. Tilt your chin slightly down, not up! Most people that have a double chin think that if they tilt their head up, it will go away. Au contraire! It’s more noticeable that way! Tilting the chin down just a bit eliminates it! Note: My daughter doesn’t have a double chin, but for those that do, here’s the way to pose!
4. Angle your body – Do you ever look at a picture and think, “OMG, I gained 20 lbs. overnight! You really didn’t! It’s all about the angle. Turn your body 45 degrees to the right or left. Slightly bend that knee (see secret #1) closest to the camera, put your weight on the hip furthest from the camera and position your body so that the bust and up is facing the camera. (This is the classic red carpet pose that most celebrities have down pat).
5. Placing your weight on the front leg or facing the camera directly will make legs and thighs look heavy. Just say no and do #4.
6. After you’ve done #4, turn the toe of your bent knee back toward the camera. (The more you practice this stance, it will be less awkward and will eventually become second nature the moment someone vaguely mentions taking your pic.)
7. Smile – naturally. A tip I’ve learned (from trial and error) is that when I smile, the parenthesis around my mouth go away! It’s pure magic! When I don’t smile, it ages me . . . a lot. Smile!
9. What do we do with those arms and hands? I never knew what to do with my hands! If it bends, bend it (# 1)! Place the hand closest to the camera on your hip, then shift that entire arm backwards and the face a tad bit forward. When we just stand with our arms next to our body, it makes us look wide. We don’t want wide.
10. This is it! When I asked my daughter to tell me her number one tip, she said this: Make sure the camera is positioned a little higher than your head and pointing slightly down at you! I can attest that this one works! I actually try to get my daughter to stand on a ladder or maybe on the 15th floor of a building and look down on me. 🙂 As the camera looks down at you, drop your chin a little, look slightly up and lean forward a bit (but keep good posture). This pic is flattering to everyone!
Bonus Tip: To get great shots of your children, get down on their eye level. Awesomeness! You twisted my arm into showing off my very favorite pic of my grand kids. Again.
What tricks do you use to look great in photos?
You can find some of my daughter’s photography work here!