How to take a Photogenic Picture
Photos are the norm now. They are everywhere. Social media is littered with all kinds of photo content. To stand out of the clutter, your photos should be it. Spot on! What’s the point of having an Instagram account if you fail to take good pictures? Don’t get intimated; these are few tips to help you take your best photo ever.
Posture, Posture, Posture!
You don’t just take photos by your face; your body is involved as well. Keep your head up straight, shoulders back. Don’t slouch! To avoid double-chin, try to elongate your neck and push your chin a bit forward. It sounds a bit awkward but will translate well on camera, be sure.
Easiest is to emulate celebrities. Take a cue from them, walking the red carpet. A classic red carpet pose is to turn your body three-quarters of the way toward the camera and one shoulder angling towards the photographer. Keep one foot in front of the other and stick one knee out. This way, you prevent your body from looking too wide than if you look at the camera head-on. Always remember to keep your spine straight and shoulders strong.
Makeup Set Right
Your Makeup can make or break a good photo. Always ensure that your foundation is of the right shade according to your undertone.
Curl your lashes and add mascara, heavy eyelashes make your eyes pop more. Fill in your brows and use a darker shade for more brightness. According to celebrity makeup artist Jeffree Star:
“Having a good brow can totally brighten your face and give you more of an expressive, youthful look!”
Your hair story
Make sure your hair is shiny and look luxurious by using spray-on shine if need be. Shampooed, blow-dried, and styled hair naturally photographs better. You can quickly tell a greasy lousy hair day by looking at a photo. Try to tame your flyways and split ends by styling it right and using the product.
Its all in the angles!
Try the “red carpet” pose: Put your hand on your hip, angle your body to the side, and turn your head towards the camera. It’s a cliché, but it does work to help you look slimmer. You don’t want to come across as short and stodgy if the photographer is shorter than you – take a seat for the photo. It is better to be shot from the above than from below. Don’t stand in front of the light source; it will make your look darker. Instead, stand opposite to natural light sources for better pictures. You can stand against a window for soft sunlight. Try something for fun and use a prop to add more dimensions to your photos. Make a stem of rose, a tipped hat, or even a mug of coffee.
Don’t Overthink! Just Smile
So many pieces of advice and noises from everywhere might confuse you. Don’t get intimidated by the camera or the photographer. Smile naturally! Instead of saying cheese, try saying money. The ‘ey’ sound will force the corners of your mouth to go up, which will make it more of a natural grin.
Tyra Banks, the top American model, has an iconic term for ‘smiling with your eyes,’ she goes like ‘I’ve always told my girls to smile with their eyes. We call it ‘smizing.’ Over the years, it’s become part of pop culture. I would be walking down the street, and girls would say, ‘Smize!”
So don’t forget to smize!