10 Secrets to Looking Great in Photos

by Alli

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.

1.  If it will bend, bend it – arm, leg, etc – but keep it natural looking. You’ll learn more as you read the tips.great photos

2.  Think posture – Shoulders back and down (do a shoulder roll right before that camera snaps the pic) and straight back.  Works wonders!

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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!

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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).10steps

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!

8.  Indirect light is always best!  It softens wrinkles and lines.  Not that we have any, of course.10steps1

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. whatnottodo

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!10steps2

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.

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What tricks do you use to look great in photos?

You can find some of my daughter’s photography work here!

 

 

111 comments

weststreetstory September 9, 2013 - 8:01 am

Love the tips! On a recent family vacation to Hawaii, I kept putting my hand on my hip and was made fun of…a little…it was the “super model pose”. But, the pictures I did that in are my favorite ones. And I do not typically like pictures of myself!!

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Alli September 9, 2013 - 12:42 pm

The hand on the hip feels weird, I know. But it works! I have always hated my pictures and thought I looked half dead in them. Wish I had known these tips years ago! 🙂

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Tamara September 9, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Thank you for the tips on taking better photo’s. I have never liked photo’s of myself. I will definitely keep these things in mind in the future & hopefully the person taking my pic will know to guide me.

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Laurie September 9, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Great tips. Who knew? My tips, run and hide, but maybe not anymore! Thanks for sharing. BTW, beautiful daughters and adorable grandkids!

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Alli September 9, 2013 - 7:55 pm

I used to run and hide, too! Then I realized that I wasn’t in very many pics with my children! 🙂 Thanks for your sweet comment on my daughter and grandkids.

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Rebekah September 9, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Great tips and pics!

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Alli September 9, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Thanks! 🙂

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Menopausal Mother September 10, 2013 - 3:51 pm

I always look AWFUL in pictures, so I’m going to have to try some of these tips!

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Leila September 10, 2013 - 11:09 pm

These really are great tips! I fully agree with #10! I recently had headshots done (for the first time ever) and some of things she had me do worked, and some didn’t! And it showed in the pics! Additionally, I felt really awkward doing some of it, but it made such a difference in the end result! I will definitely be keeping these in mind when I do photos for my blog! Thank you!

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 9:31 am

You are welcome! Glad I (or rather, my daughter) could help.

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Becca @ Bare Feet on the Dashboard September 10, 2013 - 11:15 pm

I needed this. I’ve very recently gone on a mention to be IN the pictures, rather than always taking them. But, as a postpartum mama not looking how I want to, it is hard to get over myself and take the leap. I’m going to be bending and angling up a storm. Thank you! Pinned it. 🙂

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 9:30 am

You work it, girl! Yes, looking back I’ve noticed that I’m not in very many pics with my kids.

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Jill September 10, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Love the tips Alli – and your example photos too! I’m not a fan of having my photo taken, so will definitely try to remember these next time someone decides to snap me – bend it, look down not up, and smile! I’ll start with those! 🙂

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 9:28 am

I didn’t realize how many people were not a fan of having their pictures taken! All along, I thought it was just me!

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Jeryl M. September 10, 2013 - 11:38 pm

Thanks for the great tips. When I was a kid I liked the way I looked in photos but since I haven’t gotten older I have always hated the way I look.

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 9:27 am

You are going to look great from now on! 🙂

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Jeryl M. September 10, 2013 - 11:38 pm

Thanks for the great tips. When I was a kid I liked the way I looked in photos but since I have gotten older I have always hated the way I look.

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sila September 11, 2013 - 12:19 am

omg! I am the one that hates taking pictures and never knew how to angle myself and such. I never looked good and always wondered how my friends or acquaintances look decent/good. Definately good tips and time for me to practice!!!

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 9:27 am

And here I was thinking that I was the only one that hated having my pic taken!

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Adelien Tan September 11, 2013 - 1:08 am

What a great collection of photography tips. I use to say “cheese”(English food mostly), “tempe” (Indonesian food), and Kimchi (Korean food) to get well shaped mouth. I love the #10 tip and the bonus ones a lot. Look so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 9:26 am

You are welcome! I love your tip, as well!

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Brandy Roberts September 11, 2013 - 1:35 am

I am going to work on pose number 3 tomorrow. Also love your bonus tip, I always get great shots of my kids when I’m at their level. It took me awhile to learn that one, lol.

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 9:25 am

It took me a while, too. Of course, I’m still learning. Now, if I could get my food to pose all by themselves when I take pics for my blog, I would be so thrilled!

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Jesi September 11, 2013 - 2:45 am

I am so not photogenic it’s ridiculous. I hate duck-face selfies and hand on hip posing, but I’ll try the tips and see how it works for me! Thanks for the list.

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 7:30 am

I hate those duck face selfies, too! 🙂

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Cherri September 11, 2013 - 7:28 am

Hi Alli,

First off, you have a very beautiful family!

These are such great tips and since I was afraid that I would forget them I went ahead and printed them off, thanks! I always try to hide from the camera because I am not photogenic at all, but like you, my kids and grandkids are. Hopefully, now I will start looking better in photos, especially in my upcoming wedding photos. Thanks for all of the great tips.

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 9:24 am

I bet you will look beautiful in your wedding pics! Congrats!!!

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Michelle September 11, 2013 - 10:02 am

Great tips! I love your website! I’m always one who avoids the camera so I think I will bookmark this and study these tips so I will remember them! Thanks!

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Oh, thanks! I keep saying it, but I always thought I was the only one that ran from the camera!

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Jen Schreiner September 11, 2013 - 10:41 am

HA HA I love it. You sound just like me. All pictures must be approved by me. You have some AWESOME tips. I naturally place my chin down in pictures. bonus for me. BUT I LOVE the don’t look fat if you have to poses. LOL. Totally bookmark this post. I need a quick reference card. Thanks for sharing.

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Anything that makes me look better – I’m all in!

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SouthernMessMom September 11, 2013 - 10:51 am

I am soooo going to try some of these…I’m a little confused by some…but I bet as soon as I play around with it I will understand 🙂 I agree with the eye level for kids thing! I have to say that we got some of the best pictures I have ever seen by giving my then 2 year old a camera and letting her have fun. The images she found where awesome!! The angles amazing! Just try it!

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 3:27 pm

My grands have a camera that is indestructible! And you are right, they take the best pics!

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Renew Your Space September 11, 2013 - 2:39 pm

This is a FABULOUS post! Thank you, thank you!! I’m a new follower for sure – seen you around our groups, but I haven’t had a chance to appreciate your wonderful blog 🙂 My biggest secret to a good photo is to angle my face to my Best Side! I definitely have a good side & a bad side… ~ Renee

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 3:25 pm

I think I have too bad sides! 🙂 Thanks for the follow! I will make sure I’m following you, as well.

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 3:26 pm

So was I! I think I broke them all!

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adAstra @Flexines September 11, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Wow! Your daughter is quite the resource 😀
I agree with every one of them, although the arm positioning in number 9 seems less flattering to me than straight arms<–It could just be my bias though lol!
Your grand kids are adorable! That's my favorite tip, I get so much better pictures of the kids if I kneel down.

I am so intrigued by the "if it bends, bend it" rule. I blog about flexibility and fitness so this is right up my alley 😀

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 4:46 pm

She’s been a professional photographer for a few years, now. Usually, when the arm is straight by the side, it tends to make a person look wider (like the last pic). At least that is what I’m told. I’m certainly not an expert! 🙂 Of course, these are just suggestions and there is always exceptions to the rule. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Kim {StuffedSuitcase} September 11, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Wow! These are some great tips! I’m actually comfortable having my picture taken, but have friends who aren’t. It’s nice to have these thoughts in mind so the next time I want to take a group shot I can throw out some advice!

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Alli September 11, 2013 - 9:45 pm

Your pic is beautiful! You certainly don’t need any tips. Trust me. 🙂

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Lisa Dunham Trudell September 11, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Such a great topic! Who doesn’t like to have the picture taken but if they only knew how to look great in them. I will definitely be keeping these tips for future.

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Alli September 12, 2013 - 4:06 am

Thanks! Glad you liked the topic! Those tips have really helped me.

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Michelle H September 12, 2013 - 12:04 am

This is a very comprehensive list! I do not have a double chin, but boy have I had some terrible photos that would tell me different. I’ll keep working on the tilt of my head and hopefully one day get a good one!

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Alli September 12, 2013 - 4:04 am

Excellent point! Sometimes it takes a few shots to get a good one! Believe me, I know. It’s so hard for me to be natural in photos. But I’m working on these tips, too! 🙂

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Libby's Library September 12, 2013 - 12:47 am

What fantastic tips. I’m going to use them ALL when I head out for vacation later this month. This post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Thank you and your daughter!

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Alli September 12, 2013 - 4:02 am

And thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your vacation!

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Michelle September 12, 2013 - 10:51 am

Great tips! Especially since everyone is taking their own photos these days. Nice blog!

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Alli September 12, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Thanks! That is so true! Thanks for stopping by.

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Mindi September 12, 2013 - 11:04 am

Such awesome tips! I am totally pinning! Thanks!

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Alli September 12, 2013 - 5:30 pm

You are so welcome. Thank you for stopping by!

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Trista September 12, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Great photo tips, I will definitely try these tips, I gained a few pounds and will try these tips when taking photos! Thanx! 😀

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Alli September 12, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Thanks! As I get older, I need all the help I can get!

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Ginger P. Arboleda September 12, 2013 - 10:07 pm

This is really useful! I’m so frustrated with the pictures I have of myself! haha! I never get to have good shots of myself. I think I only have one or two good photos. thank you for this!

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Alli September 12, 2013 - 11:04 pm

I feel your pain! And I’m so critical of myself. I zero in on my every flaw (of mine, never anyone else) in pictures. No more running!

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Crisi September 12, 2013 - 11:05 pm

I am so excited and can’t wait to try them out. Hiding behind the camera has been my favorite pose in the past then I get upset there are no pics of me or at least one that I like.

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Alli September 13, 2013 - 5:36 am

Mine, too. The other day my youngest daughter said that I wasn’t in very many pics with her when she was a baby! Kinda made me sad.

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Megan September 13, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Fantastic information. With everyone taking their own pictures now a days, this is very helpful.

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Alli September 13, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Thanks, and thanks for stopping by!

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Jacky September 13, 2013 - 4:50 pm

This is great! With blogging comes photography. I love photographing landscapes, but haven’t done much with portraits. I’ll have to keep these tips in mind 🙂

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Sarah B. @ Gut Food September 13, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Love these tips, especially the first one–‘if it bends, bend it’ lol. Also, the tip about trying to have the camera above your head so that it’s tilted down to take a picture of you–one of my favorite tricks! Thanks for the fun info!

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Alli September 13, 2013 - 8:54 pm

That is my daughter’s signature saying! I didn’t know what the heck she was talking about at first! I’m learning, too! 🙂

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Jen September 13, 2013 - 6:55 pm

Oh I agree with positioning the camera higher than your head & then pointing it down toward your face – it works wonders! (Especially when you’ve got some chin action going on…lol!) Thanks for the tips! 🙂

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Alli September 13, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Anything for me to look smaller! I keep telling her to get on a ladder when she takes my pic! 🙂

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Missy September 13, 2013 - 10:19 pm

You know you have great tips when all the celebrities use them! Its crazy how one slight adjustment of your body or the light can make you look so different. I am going to start trying some of these to see if I notice a difference in how I look in the pics. Thanks for the information

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Alli September 14, 2013 - 5:51 am

It’s true! Seems every red carpet celebrity has that hand on the hip thing going on. It feels a little weird at first, but I’ve noticed it does make a difference. Even if the hand is not on the hip, just bending it and not holding it straight by the side helps, too. Glad you stopped by!

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Olivia @ This West Coast Mommy September 14, 2013 - 2:45 am

Oh, I needed these tips! I can’t stand probably 90% of the pictures I’m in. I’ll remember, “If it will bend, bend it!” I’m off to practice my photo stance now.

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Alli September 14, 2013 - 5:52 am

I love that saying, too! And I try to remember it!

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Becky @ Eliorah September 14, 2013 - 11:34 am

Thank you so much for these amazing tips! I would always much rather be behind the camera than in front of it! I’ll have to put some of these tips into action the next time someone wants to take a picture of me 🙂

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Alli September 14, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Looks like we all have that in common – being behind the camera! 🙂

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Carly September 14, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Love this, indirect lighting is KEY!!!

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Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile September 15, 2013 - 11:12 am

Alli,
Thank you for these tips, I love them. I will be remembering them too! Pinning!
Your grandchildren are very cute!
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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Alli September 15, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Thanks! I think they are adorable! I’m a little biased, of course! 🙂

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Jennifer @ Little Silly Goose September 15, 2013 - 5:41 pm

These really are great tips Alli! I’m thinking back on some of my favorite and least favorite pictures of myself, and in one of my least favorite pics I am directly facing the camera (rather than angling) and bending nothing, and in one of my favorites I have my hand on my hip. Now that I know what I should be aiming for maybe I’ll end up liking a higher percentage of photos of me. And am I getting this right, you had all daughters and your grand kids are all boys? Funny! Beautiful family, by the way.

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Alli September 15, 2013 - 6:06 pm

Actually we have two boys and three girls and all grand boys so far! I’ve got my fingers crossed for a grand daughter! When I face the camera directly and have my hands straight by my side, I look like a wide receiver! 🙂

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Candi September 15, 2013 - 7:28 pm

I keep thinking I need to spend about an hour in the bathroom looking at myself and getting the pose down so when its time, I am ready to go. lol.

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Alli September 16, 2013 - 4:09 am

That’s a grand idea! 🙂 I need lots of practice!

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Alli September 16, 2013 - 9:51 pm

And to try and look natural! That’s the biggie for me – trying so hard to look natural! 🙂

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Danielle September 16, 2013 - 8:09 am

Great tips! I have been bending my arm for years! But the one about the weight on the back leg is super helpful!

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Alli September 16, 2013 - 9:50 pm

I never knew what to do with my arms and hands and my daughter would have to keep telling me, “If it bends, bend it!”

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Aubrey @ Homegrown & Healthy September 16, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Thank you! I’m super awkward in pictures too so this’ll come in handy. Although there is no way that I would be able to remember all 10 of these at once, I think I’d look even goofier. I guess I’ll have to practice in front of the mirror or something…

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Alli September 16, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Me, too! And I’m always so critical of myself! But I’m learning. Thanks for stopping by.

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Tim September 16, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Good tips. I also prefer natural lighting. Another tip is to avoid anything that can appear as though it is protruding from your head (no need for antlers on a human). I am not a fan of fake poses. I prefer people in natural poses (with a little adjustment, such as your tips).

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Alli September 16, 2013 - 9:45 pm

I don’t like fake, either. But I always seemed to look fake! 🙂 I’m getting better with these tips, as well. Maybe by the time I’m 90 . . . 🙂

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Mary September 16, 2013 - 8:36 pm

I love these tips i have never thought of them, i just fix the pictures on Instagram. Beatiful pictures. Thank you so much for sharing this post. Love it!

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Alli September 16, 2013 - 9:46 pm

Thanks for stopping by! I have Instagram but I really need to use it! I keep forgetting!

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Elle September 16, 2013 - 11:46 pm

Well, thank you!! I have asked people I know who take pictures professionally—no help! Those who have their pictures taken professionally—models—no help! You look fine is always the response—please! These ruels are simple, easy to understand, and I can tell from your pictures work fabulously!
Elle

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Alli September 17, 2013 - 6:09 am

You are too kind! I guess the point is to try real hard to look natural! 🙂

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Ashleigh Walls September 17, 2013 - 10:11 am

I am completely clueless when it comes to what to do with my body when taking pictures and this has helped a BUNCH! Thanks so much for this, now I won’t look as awkward 🙂

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Alli September 18, 2013 - 8:00 am

I know I’ve said this before, but I never knew what to do with my hands – clasp them in front, dangle by the side (equals wide) – but now I know. Thanks for stopping by!

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Gaye @CalmHealthySexy September 17, 2013 - 10:24 am

Thanks so much for sharing these tips. I hate to have my picture taken and hate almost all pictures of myself! I’m going to practice some of the things you suggested (because I imagine they feel pretty awkward at first) and then try taking some better pictures.

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Alli September 18, 2013 - 8:00 am

They do feel awkward at first! But since my daughter shared her tips, I’ve been paying closer attention to photos of celebrities, etc. and they all do the classic red carpet pose. 🙂 Who knew?

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Karen September 17, 2013 - 10:52 am

Beautiful grand-kids and daughters you have. I am very shy when it comes to getting my pics taken. I don’t enjoy it at all. I don’t mind taking the pictures though of other people 🙂 Great tips u listed. I will definitely have to try them out.

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Alli September 18, 2013 - 7:58 am

Thanks. Do try some of the tips and see if they help.

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Lora @ Adventures of an Imperfect Supermom September 18, 2013 - 11:54 am

Thanks for the tips! I’m always super critical of the way I look in pictures, so these will help me out!

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Alli September 18, 2013 - 12:01 pm

The one thing I’ve learned since writing this post is that we are all so critical of ourselves. LOL I pick myself apart and notice things that I’m sure no one else notices. I guess we are our own worst critics and here I was thinking it was just me. Thanks for stopping by!

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Alison September 18, 2013 - 3:48 pm

I don’t have any tips, thus the reason I think most of my photos (of myself) are horrible!! These tips rock — now I want to grab the camera and start taking some awesome shots! Thanks!

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Alli September 18, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Hope they help a little, but according to your photo that showed you, you don’t need any help! 🙂

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Chris Carter September 18, 2013 - 5:06 pm

I just LOVED this post!! I need all the help I can get when it comes to taking good pictures!! I need to print it out and try that “red carpet” pose!!! 🙂

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Jen September 18, 2013 - 9:48 pm

I insist on having the camera above. It really gets rid of any double chins and gives a perfect angle! Great tips!

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Alli September 19, 2013 - 4:56 am

Yes, it does! No one is allowed to take a pic slanted up toward me! So unflattering. 🙂

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Kelly September 18, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Wow! What a difference your tips make!

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Alli September 19, 2013 - 5:02 am

Glad they helped!

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Sara September 18, 2013 - 11:47 pm

These are great tips, Alli! One of my favorite pics of myself was taken before a friend’s wedding and the photographer took the photo from slightly above. It felt a little awkward to lean forward and look up BUT the pic turned out great! 🙂

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Alli September 19, 2013 - 4:55 am

I know – pics from above look awesome! That’s why I try to get my daughter to stand on a skyscraper and take my pic – I would look so, so skinny! 🙂

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Cindy Eikenberg September 19, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Hi Alli! Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic tips at Best of the Weekend! I absolutely loved this and am featuring it at tomorrow’s party! Hope you have a happy Friday and hope to see you at the party!

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Alli September 20, 2013 - 3:50 am

Thanks so much! I love your Best of the Weekend party!

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Kathleen February 6, 2014 - 10:16 am

Alli,

What a great post. I really wished I’d used these when my son got married. I looked so bad that I untagged everyone’s photos that I was in and I made the folder on FB private. How sad is that. Yes, I have a few pounds to lose, so I hate getting my pic taken. The photo I used on my blog, my husband was standing up and I was crouching down. That’s how I want all my photos taken!!! Great tips. Thanks. Now everyone run along and check out my photo on the blog and while you are there sign up to get my posts emailed to you, why don’t ya? 🙂

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Julie February 6, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Ooo, you tempted me here with your teasing comment on your throwback party! I’m glad you did, great tips, I always think everyone else looks great it pictures and I look shocking, hopefully this will help. As long as I don’t half close my eyes, that’s a common problem for me and I end up just looking drunk!

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Sami February 6, 2014 - 9:27 pm

thanks for the great tips! I’m such a critic of my own photos, deleting and re-taking constantly. This will help!

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Shirley @ Intelligent Domestications February 7, 2014 - 9:32 am

Thanks for these great tips. I need to print this and carry it around with me until I get it all memorized.

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