Embrace the camera–or the smartphone–with these insider strategies. From a pose that knocks off kilos, to a makeup trick that fakes a full-night’s sleep, photo-shoot pros share how to always look your best when you take pictures
In the age of smartphones, Facebook and Instagram, there’s a camera everywhere — and your most embarrassing photos ever taken can end up on the Internet quicker than you can say cheese. Make the most of the moment by looking your very best every time the shutter snaps with these simple tips from photo-shoot pros.
PRACTICE YOUR POSE
What would you do to improve your skills at anything else? You’d practice! You can — and should — do just the same to look better in photos. “It sounds corny, but practice in front of the mirror for a few days to discover what your best angles are,” says portrait photographer Diana Lannes. For example, “some of us have a better side,” she points out. Find out what yours is by taking a couple dozen selfies to compare. While you’re at it, practice different expressions and body positions.
TWIST TO LOOK SLIMMER
There aren’t many things more humiliating than discovering a tagged photo of yourself on Facebook that packs on kilos with just the flash of a camera bulb. How you pose, however, can make a tremendous difference in how slender you appear in pictures — and the strategy is pretty simple. “Stand slightly to the side and twist towards the camera for a slimming effect,” explains Lannes.
TILT YOUR HEAD
When posing for a portrait, follow the lead of Hollywood celebrities, who make a living out of never taking a bad shot. To avoid a double- (or triple) chin, first elongate your neck, then angle your jaw down just a touch. “Many people look good with head tilted slightly down, and eyes straight into the camera,” says Lannes.
BECOME A (TEMPORARY) TEETOTALER
If you’re preparing for special photographs that you (and others) will look at for decades to come — like a wedding or a family studio session — it might be worth laying off the booze and other unhealthy habits beforehand and spending time resting up and living well instead. “I always tell folks to prepare a few days in advance, or even a week, to ensure they look their best,” says Lannes. “Get lots of sleep and exercise, drink lots of water, eat good, healthy food — and preferably no salt or alcohol, which makes people puffy.”