Strike a pose! Top 7 Expert Tips for Flattering Photos

Tips for Flattering PhotosHave you ever uttered the words, “but I hate having my picture taken!”? The holidays are in full swing and that means… holiday photos.

If you dread seeing yourself splashed across social media because you “don’t take a good picture,” fear not! I’ve collected the “Top 7 Expert Tips for Flattering Photos” to help you keep smiling now – and in a few years when you look back at these precious holiday memories.

  1. A ¾ view is instantly slimming. Simply stand with the body turned away from the camera and angle your upper body toward the camera. Lifehacker offers this advice, “…how you angle your body can change how you look. If you stand or sit straight-on, the camera sees more of your body. Instead, angle your body 45 degrees away from the camera, push your weight on to your back foot, tuck your “away arm” behind your back.”
  1. Listen to your mother and stand up straight. “Paying attention to your posture when taking pictures can make the world of a difference. Hunched shoulders and slumped spines will not elongate your figure,” says Michelle Scanga of Who What Wear.
  2. Hand on hip, please. Take a tip from pageant contestants and actresses strutting the red carpet. No matter how thin and toned your upper body is, if you have exposed arms, the flesh will “pouch” if your arms are next to your body. A hand on the hip is an easy and effective solution. Kate Albrecht from The Huffington Post explains, “This is an essential pose if you are at the end of a group photo line-up. If you don’t put your hand on your hip, you risk your arm looking wider than it actually is because of the angle of the lens. Putting your hand on your hip accentuates the nip of your waist and slims your arm.”
  1. Strategic simplicity has power. Large prints just make you look… large. And who wants to add 10 lbs. at this time of year? “Solid clear or dark colors are generally a good idea. Yes, blue and red photograph well — there’s a reason politicians swear by the combination,” says Sadie Stein of Jezebel.
  1. Ditch the glasses. The glare can ruin a photo. Plus, you have beautiful eyes – show them off! If you don’t feel comfortable taking off your glasses, tilting or angling your head down just slightly can help get rid of glare.
  2. No need to face it head-on. According to the folks at Stylecaster, “Unless you’re being snapped by a professionalportrait photographer, it’s key to avoid direct head-on shots. Why? Because there’ll be an absence of shadows, which could make your face look wider, larger, or slightly discolored. Instead, stand slightly sideways and tilt your chin a little bit upward or a tad downward. From there, be sure to look at something just above your natural line of sight.”
  3.  The duck face is over. Period.

Finally, the experts at The Fashion Spot offer this advice, “You don’t have a bad side. Contrary to common thought, a bad side doesn’t actually exist, says celebrity fashion photographer and former model, Nigel Barker. ‘Focus all that energy on looking into the camera with confidence.’”

Done reading our Tips for Flattering Photos? Now, start making some beautiful holiday memories!

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