Remember my tips on how to feel and look best in photos?
I tried them out in real life, and it’s harder than it looks! But I always say perfection is overrated, and it’s better to show your true, happy self in photos with people you love. Here’s how I did!
- Certain poses, like placing your body fully forward to the camera, can make your body look ungainly. To keep this from happening, position yourself at about a 45-degree angle away from the camera. This helps you be more elegant and look best in photos.
I did pretty well on this one! Turning slightly to the side and bending a leg makes you look more relaxed and elegant.
- Avoid looking face forward into the camera. A thirty to forty-five degree turn of your chin away will be more flattering. Ending that turn with a slight lift of your chin does wonders.
Good on this one too! Turning your head slightly also makes you look more natural.
- Natural light is still and always will be the best light. Try and find a shady spot outside where you can still see the sky. It’ll provide the best light for photos.
I found a great spot on a beautiful day on Mother’s Day!
- Put your hand on your hip to flatter your arm. Keep a relaxed hand on your hip with the fingers folded behind and set that shoulder back in the socket. Leave your hanging arm loose at your side, not pushed against it and relax your fingers on that side.
Didn’t get this one, but hey, can you blame me? I had my arms around the two men I love most!
- Dress for photo success! Wear clothes that fit and flatter your body shape but aren’t tight or pulling. Closed toed heels or pointed flats help elongate the legs. Wearing solid colors can help you look leaner, but don’t be afraid to dress your outfit up with one bold accessory that makes your eyes stand out.
The bold, contrasting stripes on my dress elongate my legs, and the light pink jacket is perfectly springy!
- Hair and makeup look best in your photo when they are smooth, polished and finished. Don’t overdo your do or your makeup as it makes you look unnatural.
My natural hair and makeup go well with the outfit, and slightly disheveled hair shows that this photo was taken at a natural and happy moment!
- Choose the best side of your face. That’s right, you look different when photographed from either side of your face because your facial features aren’t exactly the same. Compare both and look for your most even lines and clearest skin.
This photo is taken straight on, but the light highlights the right side of my face.
- Choose your best angle. If you want to elongate your neck, have the person taking the photo try it from a more upward angle and stick out your chin a little. If you want to look like you have long legs, have the person taking the photo crouch down a bit and shoot the photo up from there.
A full-body shot may not be the best framing to accentuate a certain part of your body, but this photo shows off all of our outfits and the whole scene!
- If you tend to blink in photos, instead of trying desperately to keep your eyes open, try to keep your eyes closed until right before they click the shutter.
This one worked out well!
10. If you love a party and tend to over-smile with delight, start from your big smile and then relax your cheeks and chin so less of your teeth are visible. To avoid looking like you have a forced smile, think happy thoughts. Your smile will be more relaxed and will look best in photos.
I couldn’t help but smile big in this photo – I was too happy!
These tips will help you feel great about your photos, but remember, the best photos are the ones in which you look happy and natural. So don’t worry too much about the logistics, and smile!
Would you like assistance getting your outfit ready for your next big photo-ready event? Please let me know where you’re going and who will be there and I will help. Or do you need a motivational and inspiring speaker for executives on how to take great photos at corporate events? My presentation will teach them tips on image and three tips on to look best in photos.
Stylishly, Kerry Cordero, Image Coach, Speaker and Founder – The First Look Image