A few minutes ago I had a text exchange about how stressful it can be to be photographed. I get it. I HATE having my photo taken! My headshots were taken by my lovely, talented daughter, Zoe, all in about five minutes. She did a great job as she had a very (like VERY) reluctant subject. I rarely like how I look in a photograph and tend to be a little bit (ok, a LOT) self deprecating. Thankfully, until I gain the self esteem of Celeste Barber, I've got photoshop. For fun I thought I'd share the little primping I gave myself before posting the photograph.
If you're like most women, you struggle to capture your best features on camera. As one who absolutely hates being photographed myself, I understand how scary it can be when the lens is pointing in your direction and you wonder, "Am I doing this right?" While it may be true that some people just naturally photograph better than others, there are a few things we can do to make sure we get the best possible, most flattering photographs of ourselves. The secret is, it’s all in the pose! Here is the ultimate posing cheat sheet so that you’ll never again take an unflattering photo!
What To Do:
1. Lean Your Upper Body Slightly Toward the Camera
Be sure when posing for a photo that you lean slightly toward the camera. Your hips should always be behind your face as a general rule of thumb.
2. Push Your Shoulders Down One Inch Toward the Floor
Many people tend to raise their shoulders a bit when being photographed, possibly due to nerves. Be aware of this tendency and push your shoulders down an inch or so toward the floor. A longer neck, leaner lines and a more relaxed overall look is the result. Beautiful!
Yup, you read it right. It's called the turtle. Project your face toward the lens, like a turtle coming out of it's shell. Feels weird but looks great!
What Not to Do:
1. No Duck Face.
No more of that obnoxious, pouty “duckface” that has somehow become so popular amongst today’s youth. You know, that one where you purse your lips and suck in your cheeks as though you’ve just sucked on a lemon? Duck face is out, got it? Just keep your expression pleasant and neutral, or give a nice genuine smile that feels natural and not too exaggerated.
2. Don’t Stand Straight On.
Avoid standing straight on toward the camera, always angle your body slightly, it’s more flattering and always makes for a better shot.
3. Don’t Try Too Hard.
Don’t exaggerate your poses or facial expressions, try to do what feels natural while keeping the above rules in mind. Trying too hard makes the photo look staged and uncomfortable.
Being photographed should be fun and painless. Relax, enjoy yourself and incorporate the tips above and you'll look fabulous! This post is for women only! I'll have a post later on for the guys!
Feel free to share your best photo tip in the comments below!