Even the most confident women have been photographed and the picture was unflattering. YES, it happens. You can be completely happy with the way you look before you take a pic, and still have a bad picture. A great picture is actually less about reality, and more about knowing how to position yourself for the camera. REMEMBER, whatever is closer to the camera will appear larger. And of course lighting is everything, late afternoon and early evening are the most flattering times of day for outdoor photos.
1. Use your tongue
This is one of the best tricks, this is a trick I swear by—and also the weirdest. And it will feel completely, 100 percent strange, but by pressing your tongue on the roof of your mouth while smiling you effectively avoid the dreaded double chin, and it elongates and lengthens your face, your neck and your jawline. I’ve tried it, and it works!
2. Angle your face.
Avoid direct head-on shots. Why? Because there will be an absence of shadows, which could make your face look wider, larger, and even slightly discolored. Instead, stand slightly sideways and tilt your chin a little bit upward or slightly downward. The idea is to follow your natural jaw line.
3. Position your body and position your arms
JLo has this red carpet trick down to a fine art. Position your body and put the arm closest to the camera on your hip. Then plant one foot slightly in front of the other, point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back leg.
If you observe celebrity poses, they pose with their camera-facing arm on her hip. Why? It’s because that particular move ensures that their upper arm is not looking unflattering against their body, thus making it look flattened and even larger. Any time you take your arms away from your body, you are creating a space that makes you look thinner. The line of their arm leads your eye to look at their face and creates that ‘S’ curve along the side of their body.
4. Cross your ankles.
If you’re being shot head-on try crossing your legs, starting at the calf. This stance will make your hips look narrower and your legs look longer. Although it’s always preferable to stand in pictures, if you happen to be on a chair or a couch when someone takes a picture of you, sit up straight and cross your legs at the ankles. It’ll be more flattering than not doing anything with your legs.
5. Turn to one side for a profile
This is a great pose for when you are taking group photos or taking a photo with someone. It keeps your body angled, and slims your body. It also looks natural.
6. Dress to Impress
If you know you’re going somewhere where pictures will likely be taken, wear things you know are flattering. Wearing all one color is a good way to go, as is shapewear if you’re wearing a tight dress or gown. Remember, an outfit can make or break how your clothing translates on camera. If it is unflattering in person, it will be unflattering on camera.