I used to be a professional photographer and I have some tips on how to look good in candid photos. Everyone can relate to seeing a unflattering picture of themselves posted on Facebook. For the most part, the pictures are being taken by friends and family who are not professionals and we often don’t look as good as we would like!
Being a former professional photographer and a catalog model, people are always asking me “how do I pose for a candid photo and look good?”
Here are some Photo secrets that I will share. Experiment with some of these to see if your future “candid” photos look more flattering.
Lee’s Tips for great photos:
- Always stand at an angle to the camera. The reason is that it will be a more interesting photo plus it’ll give you a slimmer profile. A universally flattering angle is for the picture to be taken from slightly above you and having your face turned at an angle.
- Slightly lower your front shoulder to elongate your neck.
- Women: Look up slightly and lightly raise your eyebrows. This will make your eyes look larger.
- Men: stick your chin out a bit and that will create a stronger face and eliminate any a double chin.
- Smack your lips together a few times just before the photo is shot because this will send blood to them and they will appear larger and redder. Also pinch your cheeks to get a rosy glow. It’s old-fashioned advice but works like a charm for photos!
- To avoid closed eyes in your photos try this: Ask the person taking photo to count to three, then blink on two. Your eyes will be at their brightest and most open on three!
- Try to have your photo taken where there is natural light or a good light source and a good background. Be more proactive about where the photo is being taken.
- Don’t let anyone take your photo lower than you are. This will make you look fat.
- Relax as much as possible and enjoy the experience. If you are having your photo taken and you are unhappy about it, I promise you that your sour attitude will show up in photo!
- Remember that you do not have to have your face to the camera in every picture. Sometimes some of the best photos are when people are laughing, looking at something else, and having fun!
- Be sure to ask for several photos to be taken. The law of averages will work on your behalf and there will be a good one in there!
- And if all fails, Use Photoshop to hide flaws!
In the future when you look at old photos you will say to yourself, “Wow, I looked good! Why was I so hard on myself?” This is a universal truth for most of us. We are very critical of our photos but as years pass we wish we looked like that again!! Have fun. Photos are precious because they allow us to remember a moment in time! Make your life and time memorable.
I hope everyone is having a great summer! Take lots of photos!!! Life is a gift and photos can hold such important meaning. For example, this one of Angel and me. I miss her so much and having so many photos of her has been so comforting!