I admit it. I was the dumpy girl growing up. Everyone around me was pretty and photogenic. But ohhhh NOT ME! OK OK! Yes, it caused me to have real complex issues but as an adult I learned ways to try to work the camera to my benefit.
By the way, as an adult I love who I am and do not deal with weight issues anymore. That’s only because I was very sick – not because I didn’t like to eat! I’m totally well now so here are my tips I still use (some were copied from someone else!) Wouldn’t this be wonderful if they were really mine!
- Relax and you are beautiful all the way from the inside-out! Focus on the people around you and don’t worry too much about the camera.
- Posture Perfect. Picture yourself a tall and lanky model with great posture! Stand up real tall and suck in your gut. THEN take a deep breath so you aren’t stiff. Straighten your back to almost a rigid position (that takes away the rolled shoulder look in women plus you look dumpy). This is a great posture for everyday life!
- Head and Shoulders Portrait. No Sleeveless Clothing! Your eye will be drawn to the bare arms or shoulders when you view the image. In a portrait the first thing you should see is the face.
- Turn a Bit. Be a ballerina, placing your feet in third position one foot in front of the other then turn your body 45 degrees away from the camera, leaving your head and shoulders facing the camera! Sounds complicated, but it’s really not…stand up right now and give it a try!
- Weight on Back Foot. Put your weight on your back foot and bend the knee of your front foot slightly. This will make your legs appear long and your hips slim!
- Angle Your Face. Leaning slightly towards the camera will give you the appearance of a long neck and tilting your chin down just a bit and with a slight turn to the side will help you avoid too much chin in the picture!
- Project The Chin – Especially if your subject has a full or double chin. By projecting the chin out toward the camera and using a slightly higher camera position the double chin can be nearly eliminated.
- Below the Camera. Speaking of chins, get the camera above you! Find someone taller or have someone stand on a chair! The best way to hide double chins is to have someone shoot your face from a few inches above your head. You will be looking up just slightly which will improve your neck line and make your eyes more open. This is my favorite tip!
- Proper Eye Direction. Generally speaking, in males the eyes should follow the direction of the nose. For females there should be slightly more whites of the eyes on one side than on the other. The eyes should never be turned so far in their sockets that there is no white area on one side. “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” This is not to say that every image must have the subject looking directly at the lens, but it seems most people like images that the subject is looking at the camera.
- Hand on Hip. Take your hand and place it right above the pelvic bone or right about there. Keep your fingers natural and pointed slightly upward….bring your elbow forward and call yourself a model! This pose helps underarms less prominent, broadens your shoulders and narrows your waist!!!
- If it MUST Be Done. If you’re taking pictures with your family or of an awesome landmark and the camera has to be shot from a low angle, use your legs! Point one leg into the center of the frame and get the photographer to shoot looking up your body…this works sitting down or standing up. Trust me, it really is flattering!
- Smile FOR REAL! Fake smiles stink! Don’t paint on a forever frozen smile! Instead, when the camera is pointing your way, give a little giggle and then freeze it for a brief moment…another giggle…freeze! It’s so much more natural that way…and it always makes me laugh FOR REAL hearing myself giggle at absolutely nothing!
- Beware of Shadows! And if you’re behind the camera, be sure to avoid shadows on the faces of those you’re photographing. Shoot in great lighting and when needed use a Reflector Pro or a large white poster board to bounce the light!
Did you try the position yet!??! Here’s how your feet should be positioned a ballerina pose!!! Or maybe a little more angled toward the front instead of the side. Which ever you are the most comfortable with.
These pictures show the difference in head tilting. Never tip a mans head to the high shoulder as he will look feminine. Women’s heads can be tipped toward either shoulder.
See the difference in the two photos below I found online by simply turning his head slightly. The photo where he is facing forward he is actually 30 lbs SKINNIER! WOW!! See what lighting & posing does!
Now, Go be the Beautiful YOU that YOU were meant to be!!!