go from un-photogenic to photogenic with these easy steps | look your best in photos | how to look GOOD in photos | denver senior photographer | sarah lindsay photography
Do you consider yourself un-photogenic? Or maybe you just want to look better in photos? Many people struggle with how to look good on camera, and I'll be honest, there is some finesse involved. That's why I've created a simple list of easy things you can do TODAY to become photogenic and slay your next photo sesh.
KNOW YOUR ANGLES
Ever heard of “a good side?” Some people like their side profile, some don’t. Others prefer one side of their face or to be photographed straight on. Try taking photos of yourself from all angles to find out which ones are most pleasing to you!
SMIZE (smile with your eyes)
You know when you see someone smiling but it seems totally fake? It's because they aren't smiling with their eyes! When you genuinely smile, your eyes squint a little bit. Next time you're in front of the camera, try thinking of someone you love, something that makes you laugh, or even make yourself laugh a little to get that smize.
TURTLE YOUR HEAD
Say what!? You heard me, turtle! Pretend there’s an invisible string pulling your nose a little more towards the camera (not too much though). Elongate your neck, and tilt your chin ever so slightly downwards. It feels very weird to do, but this head position is very flattering, trust me!
OCCUPY YOUR HANDS
We’ve all been there - you’re trying to take a cute photo but suddenly forget how your hands are supposed to work. Peace sign? Hands on hips? So awkward! Having some go to hand movements for photos can help eliminate this awkward feeling. Try putting a hand in your pocket, playing with your hair or even holding something (a bag, drink, flowers, your dress, etc).
FIND THE LIGHT
Natural light works best for this. Position yourself facing natural light, but not in direct sunlight, and get ready to be blown away! Natural light is soft, making the shadows around your gorgeous features gentle, it will make your skin appear smooth and add a twinkle to your eye.
FLATTER THOSE BEAUTIFUL FEATURES
Create space between your waist and your arms to make your waist look smaller. This can be done by putting your thumb through a belt loop, putting your hands on your hips, and even letting your hands swing naturally by your side (leaving a bit of space between your arms and waist). I also suggest drawing attention away from something you're self conscious about and towards something you like about yourself by using your hands - for example place your hand near your face or in your hair to draw attention towards your beautiful eyes.
TAKE NOTES FROM THE RED CARPET
Celebs also look so great in their red carpet photos! But how do they do it? Try lifting your chin slightly, turn your head slightly, then look at the camera. For the finishing touch, cross one leg slightly in front. It may feel awkward at first, but it will shortly feel more natural. Girl, you belong on the red carpet!
Do you feel stiff in your photos? Try adding movement! Taking a photo while moving adds flow to your picture and makes it look more natural. This can be done by walking, swinging your arms, laughing, twirling, etc. Have fun with it and get creative!
Make sure when you’re taking photos to have good posture! Standing up straight is significantly more flattering. I know we all love to slouch, but slouching makes you appear less confident. You have nothing to be unconfident about! You look amazing, own it!
Perfect posing and becoming photogenic doesn't happen overnight. Practice posing for photos in the mirror, have a photoshoot with a friend, or even self-timer photos! You'll be able to look back at your photos and find which ones you like the most. From there, rinse and repeat!