Have you ever noticed the photos of movie stars on the red carpet? How the stars always seem to strike a very flattering pose? What is their secret? Practice!
Many people over 30 are self-conscious about having their photos taken. "Oh, I always look bad in photos" is a frequent response, but you can change that! Okay, so you may not look like a movie star, but you can certainly strike a more flattering pose. Try the following tips:
1) Practice at a mirror. Decide how much you want to smile. Tilt your head up and down and from side to side to determine your best angle. For example, a downward tilt could emphasize under-eye circles and neck creases. Think about when your eyes are more open/larger, forehead lines, and other features that might be more prominent in photos.
2) Find your best side. For most people, one side of their face is more photogenic than the other. A few folks actually look best looking straight at the camera, but that is not usually the case. Also make sure your back is straight and your shoulders are back (not rounded). That gives your neck and chin line a better angle.
3) Take practice shots. Either with your cell phone or the help of a friend with a camera, take photo after photo until you find THE pose. A friend with a camera is probably going to be the best bet. Once you find your best pose, print it, and practice it -- a LOT. Then, the next time someone wants to take your photo, you will be ready.
One other note: going back to the red carpet photos, have you ever noticed that the photographers are always shooting down? They are on a higher platform than the stars. That is another great tip; pro photographers often work from a short ladder to get a better vantage point. However, if the photographer (or you, taking selfies) is too high, your head will look disproportionately large for your body. In photography, a little height is a good thing!
Okay, so get in front of your mirror and start practicing. You will be confident the next time someone with a camera says, "Smile!"
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