Social media, Facebook, Linkedin or a post to Instagram … you see yourself alllllll the time in pictures. Do you cringe a little or try to avoid the spotlight? If so, why not turn your relationship with the camera around? Here’s tips to help!
- 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 look more 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Would you like me to help you create some camera-ready outfits? I’d be happy to! We can make you look and feel so much more confident and relaxed the next time you have a photo op. We’ll look over past photos for what worked, we’ll plan your position in a full-length mirror and teach you to remember how to do it later in front of the camera. And of course I will create the perfect outfit that makes you feel radiant, lovely and on-message. Email or call me to set up an appointment and talk about what we can do to boost your image.
Kerry Cordero, Stylist & Founder at The First Look Image
Certified in Image Consulting at FIT & AICI