ITS ALL ABOUT YOUR BODY
Before taking a picture make sure your posture is correct; (siting or standing up straight shoulders back 90 degree gap between your chin and neck avoiding accidental double chins or looking like you don’t own a neck.) Posture its a basic thing that makes you look:
Is your body lacking in posture Yoga Pilates and Ballet are sports that keep you active and fit whilst also working on your posture!
Grab something whether its a person that makes you feel confident or comfortable (or help you look better in comparison -I’m not judging) or a prop preferably not a beer bottle wine glass or a red Solo cup, as they can make you look drunk even if you are not. Holding onto an object such as a flower or decoration can help you relax your posture and add personality to a picture. if your going for a total killer prop involve it either by picking something that goes with you outfit or if its a decoration thats symbolic e.g a candy cane at christmas time.
FOR THE PERFECT PICTURE…
Think about angles. Facing the camera straight on is rarely flattering; try to turn your head to a three-quarter position to give your features depth. and possibly hiding you bad side (thats if you have one 😉 )
Try pose countless celebrities do on the red carpet: put your hand on your hip, angle your body to the side and turn your head towards the camera. It’s a cliché, but it really does work to help you look slimmer. Some celebrities also stick a leg out slightly to have definite balance in those wobbly high heels and to ease the position.
There are so many old tricks of the trade like this old school red carpet trick: Put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile to avoid a goofy, too-wide grin, which shoes too much teeth but practice makes perfect – GO! look in your mirror and try smiling.
To make your eyes sparkle, you will need to find and look at a light source. A lamp or brightly lit Christmas tree will create a flattering gleam in your pupils. you can look directly at the object whilst the picture is being taken or just have it in you line of view whilst the pictures being taken.
Try to be in more pictures! it gives you more times to practice and it will also help you come camera ready at almost every given point in time unless you just woke up -and if that is the case i am so sorry…if you think that you are unphotogenic then you will tend to pose for fewer photos overall, but photography is a game of averages. Even Beyoncé doesn’t nail it on the first frame.- wait she does, but were not Beyoncé she’s called Queen B for a reason! The more shots you let your photographer take, the more likely you’ll be happy with one or two of them. -remember back in math when you were doing probability; never thought it would come in handy now did you ?
A photo shot from just above you is way more flattering than one shot from below. subsiqently If you’re taller than the person holding the camera, or theres just a general difference then grab a seat; or strike a bold pose and lay across the floor with the classic one arm in the air jazz hand and the other holding you up. So basically the lower a photo is taken the more weight it adds.
Also try to avoid standing directly under a light, which can cast weird shadows on your face. creating things that don’t and won’t look right Instead, stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, or in a spot where soft light hits your face from the side. but use it to your gain, don’t let it blind you and give you crossed eyes.
IN THE END JUST REMEMBER
If it goes wrong you can just delete it -its just a picture.