Tricks of the trade for flattering photos:
If you’ve read my last blog post on how to achieve flattering photos, you should already be looking and feeling much better in front of the camera.
Lots of my clients find it difficult to look natural in front of the camera. I can definitely empathise with that – you may be surprised to learn that I myself hate having my photo taken! The same problems come up time and time again—what to do with arms and legs, and how to make a smile for the camera look natural.
So, with that in mind, this week’s top three tricks for flattering photos will help eradicate that awkwardness.
1. Free your arms
This is another one where self-consciousness about having your photo taken can make matters much worse! People who feel uncomfortable tend to tense up and hug themselves. Squashing your arms against yourself will make them look bigger than they are and tensing up your shoulders will shorten your neck. Keep your upper arms slightly away from your body by resting your hand lightly on a hip or half in a pocket. Then drop your shoulders down and back to make your neck look longer.
2. Streamline your legs and hips
Placing one foot slightly in front of the other will make your legs look less bulky. Don’t cross too far over, though – you don’t want to look as if you’re bursting for the loo! Another trick is to tilt your torso slightly towards the camera. This feels odd but makes your legs and hips look slenderer in the photo. Try it in the mirror to get the hang of it! If you’re sitting, cross your legs at the ankle rather than the knee to avoid unflattering thigh spread.
3. Tip of tongue behind teeth
A natural smile is key to flattering photos, but it’s hard to fake when you’re feeling tense. Try placing the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth. Now smile, with your lips slightly parted. This trick not only makes your smile look more spontaneous by forcing your mouth ever so slightly more open, but also helps to define your jawline and reduce the dreaded double chin.
Don’t forget to check back soon for more tricks and tips on achieving flattering photos!
Kim Rix Photography
Making Memories Precious