February 12, 2018
Have you ever posed for the camera thinking, “This is going to be a good one!” only to look at the back of the camera or phone and think, “I look like that!?”
Believe it or not, the smallest details can make or break a picture. Today I want to share 3 ways to always look your best in pictures.
This sounds so weird, doesn’t it?? But it works! I learned this tip from Amy&Jordan and it has made posing my clients SO much better!
Obviously, Caroline is TINY, which is why I’m using her picture, but when a girl turns in to the guy like this, it cuts her body in half, and is so flattering. Now, hear me out- I am NOT saying, “Girls, you need to try to appear like you’re half your size.” I’m saying that the way you pose can actually make you appear larger (like when our bodies are completely square to the camera) and this is a way to fix that.
Guys look great when they keep their shoulders square to the camera because it makes their broad shoulders stand out. And on that note, button downs and suit jackets or sport coats make guys’ shoulders appear even broader, which is why I always recommend them for sessions.
I remember taking a picture with my sister, Masey (above), and she said “Lean forward and stick out your neck a little bit.” Stick out my neck? Masey has some experience modeling and has been coached in this area, so I did what she said. And you know what? It worked!
I loved the way I looked in the photo. My natural instinct had always been to lean back, which really does not help us out at all. It can create the effect of a double chin and just make us appear uncomfortable.
In the image above, you can’t really tell Masey is leaning forward and slightly extending her neck, but she is! And doesn’t she look so engaging?
When you do this, it’s slimming and also makes you appear comfortable.
If Rebecca had been just smiling here, this picture wouldn’t be nearly as joyful. Can’t you tell she’s laughing?
Now, not every picture calls for a laugh. There are plenty of times when I tell my clients to give me a soft smile. But in most instances, go ahead and laugh! Think of something funny and chuckle, even if it seems strange. I hate when I look back at a picture and think, “Ugh, my smile looks so fake.” You too? Well, laughing is your solution.
I hope this post helped! Now, go get in front of a camera and try these three tips out!
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