Tricks of the trade for flattering photos:
Show me a person who doesn’t prefer flattering photos of themselves and I’ll show you a… well I won’t show you anything, because I don’t believe such a person exists!
We all have photos of ourselves that we hate, and most of us have at least one photo of ourselves that we love. Many people, however, can’t work out exactly why one photo makes them look great and another makes them look like Jabba the Hutt with a hangover, especially when the photos are taken minutes apart.
If you’re wondering how to get more consistently flattering photos, don’t just leave it to luck. Over the coming weeks I’ll be discussing my favourite tricks of the trade to help you feel more in control of your image.
I’m going to begin with camera angles. Following these three key steps will transform the way you appear in photos.
1. Keep the camera above you
When someone is taking your photo, make sure that the lens isn’t tilted up towards your face. Straight on is better, but the most flattering photos are taken from slightly above their subject. This emphasises your face and makes your body appear slimmer. It’s all about perspective. Objects close to the camera appear bigger, those further away appear smaller. If you want proof of the difference this makes, take three selfies on your phone: one from below, one straight on and one from slightly above. See?
2. Turn and tilt
Standing at an angle, with one side of your body slightly pointed away from the camera will net you more flattering photos than standing with your whole body facing it. That’s perspective at work again. Rather than standing bolt upright, though, bend the knee closest to the camera. This creates a lively ‘s’ shape and will make your hips look smaller.
3. Angle your face
Lots of people feel awkward when someone whips out a camera, which can make them physically retreat, drawing their head back and away from the photographer. Cue double chin shot! Instead of pulling back, push your whole face (note: not just your chin) forward slightly and angle your chin slightly downwards. This will get rid of the double chin and help elongate your neck.
Emphasise your cheek bones and reduce any roundness by turning your face ¾ to the camera. Don’t forget to present your best side! Stand in front of a mirror and cover each side of your face with a piece of paper – look at the size of your uncovered eye in relation to the rest of your face, your cheek bones, the arch and shape of your brows… I’m willing to bet there’s one side you like better!
Remembering these tricks will really help you secure some flattering photos, but don’t forget to follow my blog for even more tips on looking for good camera angles.
Kim Rix Photography
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