Tips on How to Pose for a Picture

Getting your photo taken is either something you love or hate doing, but if you know how to pose for a picture you will be much happier with the photo. Knowing how to pose for pictures to highlight your positive attributes is important in a day in age where everything ends up on social media for the world to see. To be clear, this is not about looking thinner, having perfect skin, or having an expensive outfit in a photo. The posing tips in this article are meant to help you find your confidence in getting your picture taken.

  1. Know Your Angles

Understanding angles is the key to understanding how to make them work for you. When someone is taking a photo of your face have them lift their camera slightly above you and point it down. This will highlight the angles in your face, giving it more definition. When photographing your body have the camera person put the camera down and angle the camera slightly up. This will give the body additional length, and who doesn’t want the appearance of longer legs?

2. Lighting is Everything

Lighting is your best friend when taking a picture. Light will brighten your face, giving you a glowing canvas that blurs your blemishes away and out of the focus of the camera. Remember instagram models don’t have amazing skin, they just have an amazingly bright light!

3. Relax and Have Fun

Getting your picture taken is supposed to be fun. Too often people get stiff when they see a camera. The key is to relax your body and your eyes, too. If you’re uptight you’re not going to capture your beauty in the same way as if you are relaxed. When relaxed it will make the picture seem more authentically you.

4. Watch Your Posture

Standing up straight is important when you get your photo taken. When you slouch, you are pushing out your stomach and hunching your shoulders. This makes you look frumpy. Always stand up and push your shoulders back and stick your chest out. You will elongate your body and will be more pleased with your appearance in a photo.

5. Your Pose is Important

When most people think of posing for a photo, they think it is as easy as smiling for the camera. While a big smile is all you really need, if you want to look your best there is a little more that goes into it than that. When posing for a photo you never want to look at a camera straight on. This will widen your face. You want to tilt your head down the slightest bit. This will put the focus on your eyes and away from the center of your face.

Also, you never want to stand with your body facing the camera squarely. This will widen your frame. You want to turn your body slightly sideways and slightly bend your leg that is closest to the camera. This will elongate your figure and the side angle will also be esthetically pleasing.

Taking photos is supposed to be fun, but we all want to look good when doing it. If you remember these tips when taking your next photo you will get the picture you want and feel more confident doing it!

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