When taking a professional photo, your photographer may help to pose you to stand this way or that, over here or over there, but your smile, how your eyes look and your facial expressions are all things you can control. There are sneaky ways to make you appear more photogenic, and you can even practice these things before going to your next photography session so you're more prepared. See below for tips to help you pose to appear more photogenic.
Try your best to smile with your eyes, don't just stare at the camera with nothing in your eyes. Thinking about happy thoughts or something funny may help with this. Also look slightly above the camera, and raise your eyebrows just a little.
Your smile should look natural, but try to smile without showing your gums, only your teeth. This is something you can practice in the mirror at home. Be sure not to say cheese when smiling, as your smile may look awkward. Keep your tongue pressed up against your upper teeth and open your mouth just a little when smiling for the camera.
The best pose for just about anyone is to turn your body about 1/4 away from the camera and facing the camera with a slightly tilted head. Pull your chin up just a bit to prevent a wrinkly neck or double chin. Never suck in your stomach, as you not only look awkward, you will cause your ribs to stick out unnaturally. Instead, keep your back straight and shoulders back. Hold your core (abdomen) tight to help give the appearance of a flatter midsection. Keep your arms away from your body to help slim down your arms.
Practice smiling in the mirror before your next photography session, or have a friend take practice shots of you to work on your posing and smiling techniques, and to help you become more comfortable in front of the camera. Even if you aren't normally that photogenic, the tips above can help make you appear as if you are. For more information, talk to a professional like Holly Kuper Photography.Share
9 December 2016
Ever since my parents allowed me to snap a few photos on their camera on vacation when I was a young child, I have loved photography. While we lived in the Midwest, I became hooked on taking photographs of the ocean and boats when we visited the Florida coast during one of our trips together. I found that just being near the ocean really made me happy, and after we returned home, I was able to "take the ocean with me" to experience that same feeling by taking photos of it. Being near the ocean is so calming and uplifting, but most people don't live near the coasts and don't get to experience its beauty every day. I now live by the ocean, so I decided to create a blog to share my tips about how you can best photograph the things you love.