“BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?” – Every girl ever getting their picture taken.
I have no idea how super models seem to look so effortless in pictures all the time. When I take a picture, it’s usually complete with awkward hands, a little bit too forced of a smile and I pick just the right angle where you can totally notice the poutine I had on cheat day. I think most women (and men!) would agree that we would pay good money to unlock the secrets of taking a great picture.
Pictures are two dimensional so automatically anything closer to the camera is going to look bigger. So if you have a body part that maybe is a little larger than you want, try to angle yourself so that it is further from the camera. This doesn’t just apply to hips or mid section. I have taken way to many pictures with my hands on a table in front of me and it looks like an alien is trying to reach out of the picture. When you pull everything away from the foreground it is immediately shrunken.
- Think about Perspective
So many times I have taken great pictures and then realize my hair is doing some weird half forward half backward mullet dance. Not cute. Remember to pose your hair too! Putting it in a determined place will make your pictures more polished and less just got out of bed
- Strike a pose (with your hair)
Get ready to feel like a penguin, a very photogenic penguin. Putting your chin forward and your chest up makes your posture look amazing. Your body will lengthen, making you look thinner and there will be no double chin action in this shot. This also brings more focus to your face instead of it blending into your neck.
- Chin Forward Chest Up
Unless you are some kind of crazy muscle goddess you have a cushion on the arms. It is such a common mistake to tighten the arms against the body squishing them down into a wider pancake arm. By pulling your arms away from your body you get a smoother, slender appearance.
- Move those arms
While amazing photos can be taken with a sexy pout, most of the time you just need to take it back to basics. A beautiful genuine smile never fails in photos. Granted, sometimes a forced smile comes off a little more “Here’s Johnny” than carefree super model. The best tip is to actually smile, get your friend or photographer to make you laugh or smile. Your genuine happy smile is guaranteed to light up the picture!
Follow those 5 tips for looking picture perfect and you will be that much closer to being a Kim Kardashian level snapshot queen!
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