I got a great question this week on the Facebook page from Tracy. She wanted to know if I had any tips for making a person more photogenic?
Instead of trying to put together my answer in a Facebook Post I thought I’d answer it here on the blog so we all call learn how to look pretty. These tips are great if you are getting headshots done for your profile, at an event or anytime a camera is pointed in your direction.
The first thing that you have to do is to try to relax. If your not relaxed then you are going to look uncomfortable and awkward and ultimately you’ll be unhappy with your photo. I realize that this is easier said than done but it does get easier with practice so the more opportunities you get to get your photo taken – do it! This might mean hiring your kid to do a photoshoot with you in the back yard until you perfect your posing 🙂
Don’t underestimate the power of a little blush and a little lipstick. The camera tends to show up more of our flaws so do your best to cover them up before getting in front of the camera. A tad more make up than you’re usually comfortable with is probably the right amount. A little retouching afterwards can help too but it’s always better to look great from the get go. This will help your confidence and hence help you to relax also.
If possible, try to get the photographer to take your picture from a slightly elevated position looking down on you. Grab a step ladder or a stool and get the photographer to shoot you from above as you look up into the camera. This is a very flattering angle for most people. It helps to elongate the neck and get rid of any extra double chins and gives an overall feeling of “lift” to the image.
Turn your body at an angle to the camera. This is so much more flattering than standing straight on towards the camera – mugshot style.
I guarantee you you wll look better if you smile at the camera. It doesn’t have to be a cheesy grin just try to smile with your eyes and look into the lens of the camera as if it is the eyes of the person you are talking to. The end result will be a much better connection between you, the camera and the viewer of the image.
So take a deep breath, relax and Bonus Tip Number 6. – Don’t say cheese say lollies:) !
P.S. Thinking of taking up a camera class this Fall? Check out my Master your DSLR – Photography 101 and learn from the comfort of your own home.