I hate the camera, since I don’t think I’m photogenic. But if there’s anything America’s Next Top Model taught me (see those reality shows are helpful!) it’s that a good photo depends on so much more than a pretty face. Just knowing how to pose and what angle flatters you most makes a huge difference. Here are some useful tips.
First of all, know where to look. Focsu your eyes a little above the lens of the camera. Then, slightly move your face forward but keep your chin down. If you have a double chin have the camera slightly above your face so you’re looking up, which will make you look thin.
For a relaxed smile, place your tongue behind your teeth. It’s a weird tip but it works, many models tell me. So you don’t look ‘fake’ close your eyes just before the photo is taken, think of a happy memory, and then open your eyes. You’ll feel happier and your photo will show it!
You don’t have to put your hand on your waist, a post that reminds me of beauty pageants. But don’t keep your arms glued stiffly to your side. Give your arms a good shake and let them hang loosely from your body. Plus, a little space between your waist and your arms will help you look thinner.
You can also borrow this trick from models. Twist your body so that it’s three quarters to the camera. One shoulder should be closer to the photographer, and if you’re standing, one foot is in front of the other. A fully frontal pose can make you look fat. (Get other great posing tips from this video.)
Maintain good posture, with your shoulders back and your spine held straight.
photo from cosmopolitan.com