Strike a pose – How should I pose for photographs?

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Having your photo taken can make people feel nervous and awkward and some really don’t like it at all!  A great photographer should make you feel relaxed, be able to direct you and advise you on a good pose.

Posing often makes the experience feel even more excruciating but did you know that you can enhance your appearance in photos simply by altering your pose?

Whether you’re at a wedding, having a family photoshoot or just capturing a night out with friends, here are some great, simple tips on looking good in photos.  We’ll have you looking like a pro in no time.

Girl in in leather jacket and trousers showing how to pose in photograph
Man in leather jacket and jeans on how to pose in photograph
Girl in black top and shorts showing how to pose in photograph
Girl in denim jacket showing how to pose in photograph

Before you smile, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth.

This is a great trick to keep up your sleeve and is very effective in losing the double chin look as, after all, you only want one chin in the photograph!  I have tried this and believe me, it really does work.  For more emphasis, slowly run your tongue on the roof of your mouth as you smile; model and TV personality Heidi Klum has been rumoured to do this trick a lot.

If possible look up at the camera

If you are taking a selfie just angle the camera so that it is slightly higher than yourself –  this will definitely be a more flattering option to go for.

Angle your face and body.

Never stand straight on to the camera: standing this way removes shadows which can contribute to you looking very square and wide.

A simple and effective switch is to face the camera side-on if you can: simply shift your body through a three-quarter turn, putting your weight on your back leg if you are a woman; for a man, you need to adopt the same pose but instead your weight needs to be on the front foot for a more masculine look.

Photograph of man in black suit and how to pose in photograph
Girl in trousers and white top on how to pose in photograph taken by MCDAW Photography
Girl in black dress on how to pose in photograph

Cross your legs

Another option is to cross your legs whilst standing.  Stylecaster say “if you’re being shot head-on … cross your legs, starting at the calf.  This stance will make your hips look narrower and your legs look longer, plus it looks a bit more casual. It’s worth noting that the pose also works when you’re sitting. Although it’s always preferable to stand in pictures, if you happen to be on a chair or a couch when someone comes at you with a camera, sit up straight and cross your legs at the ankles. It’ll be more flattering than not doing anything with those pins”.

Watch your Hands

Try to do something with your hands, use pockets, belt loops, hands on hips etc rather than just have them hanging by your side.

Finally, don’t forget to try to relax and enjoy your photo being taken as this will be reflected in your photos

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