I recently came upon an article highlighting a few tips to look your best in photos. As a long time professional photographer, I went through and picked the ones I found most fun and useful. Relaxing can make a huge difference on how well you like photos of yourself. Helping me illustrate them here is my cousin Bernie. Try some or all of these, and remember - the best photos are those where you feel relaxed and natural. Enjoy!
* If you are a blinker, try closing your eyes right befor the photo is taken. I have often found people blink a lot simply in anticipation of a flash, even is one is not used. This may help relax you a bit and not tire out your eyes.
* To avoid a double chin, slightly jut your chin forward and tilt down slightly. It also helps to be photographed from slightly above if possible.
* Flyaway hairs are hard to control even with the best stylists. If you know you are going to be photographed, try a bit of gel or mousse to smooth down unruly strands and have one less thing to worry about!
* A stiff forced smile can ruin a photo. Take a minute to get relaxed in your environment and with your photographer. Try to think of something funny or have some fun music playing in the background during a shoot.
* Light is what photography is about. The light source you have available can make a huge difference how you look in photos. Overhead lighting and bright sunshine can cast harsh shadows and highlight prominent features. A personal favorite of mine is an indirect, natural light source such as a window. When outside, dont be afraid of cloudy days or nice shady spots.
* Your hair really can make or break how you feel about a photo of yourself. As we said, light is important and a little help with a hair shine product can get your hair to pick up highlights and frame your face beautifully.
* While shine for your hair can be flattering, shine on your face (or your head) is decidedly not. A simple over the counter powder is easy and recommended. This goes for the guys too!
* IMpomtu photo op and no time to reapply blush? Grandma was right, pinchig the cheeks will result in a natural, temporary glow!
* Practice some poses! Find a celebrity you admire (especially if they are your body type) and copy some of their poses!
* Still feel a bit awkward and stiff? Try posing with a prop. Flowers, hats, even a book can give you more posing options and help you feel not so center of attention.
These are just some tips that can help you relax and come up with some diversity in your poses. Just remember to have fun with it and be yourself and you will love getting your picture taken!