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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Beauty, Fashion Friday, Featured, Inspiration, Models | 0 comments

Top Five Tips: How To Look Your Best In Photographs

I am no professional, but for whatever reason, I have always loved getting my picture taken. I love taking a million photos when I travel or go out with friends, and I have volunteered for some amateur modeling here and there. I have always loved being in front of the camera, see evidence below:

I don’t know where I learned all of these poses at a young age, but I have just always loved being photographed! Call me vain! While I would like to reiterate that I am by no means a professional, I would like to think that I have learned a few tips over the years on how to look my best in photographs, and what fun would it be if I did not share all that I have learned with all of you! So here are my Top 5 Tips to looking your best in a picture:

I think I favor my left side because my left eye is a little bigger than the right? Regardless, it’s clear to me which side is better, it was even a challenge finding a picture of my right side!

1.) Find Your Good Side- Most people have one favorable side of their face. Only an exceptional few look amazing from every angle, and those lucky ladies don’t need these tips!  Look through your pictures, are there some photos you think you look better in? Is your face always being shot from the same angle in the pictures you like? I look best from the left side, so I always make sure I am on the left in any photo! If by some chance I do end on the right side, I try to turn my head to the left somehow. It can get awkward, but I know that photos taken of my right side are nearly unusable! I don’t know what the big difference is, but I can instantly tell. I have a few relatives who also share my same good side, and we like to bicker over who gets to be on the left!

You can see how much better my face and all my features look turned to the side and tilted slightly, as opposed to straight on.

2.) Turn & Tilt- When you take a  photo, turn your head slightly to one (good!) side, and then tilt your head down slightly. You want your chin turned downward. It might feel awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, it will feel like second nature! This will accentuate your jawline. I have really flared front teeth that do not look attractive from the front, so tilting my head gives the illusion of straighter teeth – look at me giving away all my secrets!

By putting my hand on my hip and tilting a bit I carved out that space in my side. It accentuates my hips and slims me down! The second photo is too bulky.

 3.) Hand on the Hip- When you take a photo, if your arms are down at your side it adds bulk. Your body becomes one larger mass in the picture. By placing your hand on your hip, you are slimming your body down by breaking up the space. When you put your hand on your hip, try to place your hand a little higher up than your actual hip, closer to your natural waist. This will also help slim your frame.

There is not a HUGE distinction here, but in the first photo at an event, I tilted my body inward, and it definitely slims the figure. The second photo isn’t terrible, but you can see the entire width of my frame, which isn’t as flattering.

4.) Turn & Tilt Part Two- Remember that Turn & Tilt tip? Do that with your body, too! If you catch your body at an angle, just like your face, it will slim your frame. Everybody is thinner from the side! Just turn about thirty degrees one way, instantly slimmer!

This is one of my favorite pictures, laughter makes for the best photo, always!

5.) Smile- My favorite photos are the ones where I was genuinely laughing or just having a great time. As the goddess Audrey Hepburn once said, “Happy girls are the prettiest girls.” Don’t forget to smile!
I hope you have found these tips helpful! Now share yours with me! What do you do to look the best in photos? 

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