Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, it may mean that you have had a few too many photos turn out not as flattering as you’d like. It can be hard to feel like you look your best when you can’t properly convey yourself on camera as you can off. We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help make your photos reflect the real you and boost your confidence.
Take a look at the previous photos and try to find a culprit of why the photos aren’t your favourite. Maybe you blink in photos? Close your eyes up until the photo is snapped. Maybe you’re smiling a bit too wide? Try tucking your tongue behind your teeth to create a more natural smile. There are a ton of tips and tricks that can assist almost all photos, as long as you know what to look for.
If you’re the kind of person that struggles to feel comfortable in photos, there is no shame in preparing for it. Testing out your favourite poses or angles in front of a mirror or in a video of yourself is a good way to get comfortable with moving your body in poses and positions that make you feel good.
To create both the feeling of confidence while taking photos and having that confidence portrayed in the images, a huge key component is to choose the right attire. Regardless of what your personal style is, the clothes that make you feel confident and sexy will translate into better-looking photos. So dress to impress!
Angles are Everything
It should come as no surprise that photos can be deceiving. Angles can make someone who is very petite look quite tall, and can give the appearance of ranges of sizes of waists, shoulders, and other areas of the body depending on the pose.
Some tips and tricks include…
Make Triangles with Your Body (draws the eye and looks more interesting)
Don’t Face the Camera Straight on (45% tends to be the most flattering)
Some other options include switching up photography angles: taking photos from below, or angling your face downwards and seeing which one is your preference. Another tip is to hold your arms away from your body which creates a slimming effect that flatters everyone, regardless of body type.
Authenticity Trumps Poses
Any way that you can capture candid moments usually turns out more flattering than the alternative. Find real reasons to smile and laugh rather than “saying cheese”. Similarly, capturing moments tends to flatter individuals more than trying to capture locations or just photos for the sake of it.
Movement is another way to create authenticity in photos. Whether through walking, adjusting clothing, or touching your hair, movement can make even the most posed situations look natural, thus resulting in a more flattering image.
Lighting Makes or Breaks an Image
Good lighting is one of the most, if not the very most important aspects of a photograph. Lighting can completely change the mood of the image as well as create shadows and highlights that can appear to change the shape of our faces and bodies. A great time for outdoor photos is during “golden hour” which is usually in the hour preceding sunset, as it can give incredibly flattering soft lighting perfect for a photoshoot.
Confidence is Conveyed Not Through Tips and Tricks but Rather How You Carry Yourself
At the end of the day, tips and tricks can help ease some of the pressure that a camera in one’s face can bring. But all of these tips are only meant to aid you in your personal confidence for taking photos, not to create the perfect photo. If you feel confident without following any of this advice, the photos will turn out amazing just because you inspired them to be so.
Do you agree with our list? If you think we’re missing some tips and tricks for looking our best in photos, let us know! We may just highlight it in another post. If you’d like a more in-depth analysis on how to take better selfies, click here!