(DISCLAIMER: The model photographed in this article has NOT been digitally altered in order to hinder your body image and self esteem. She is 5’8″ and 153 lbs, within the normal and healthy weight range.)
“I HATE that photo of me!”
You’ve said it, I’ve said it, most everyone has made that statement at one time or another. It’s hard not to think it when you see billboards and magazine ads of stunning, “flawless” models. I am not here to point out the obvious photoshopping, team of professionals and the fashion world’s skewed vision of “underweight = beauty”. I AM here to show that there are ways for you to look your best in photos at the weight you are, without photoshop.
As an artist, I look at photos from a technical perspective. Over the years, I’ve noticed celebrities photographed at events, and there is no photoshop to help them have a “pose”, which they use over and over in most photos, because it works! Honestly, it’s a play straight out of the miss America play book. Here are some tips and photos (I used myself as the guinea pig) to show the difference.
No one looks good in a straight-on, ‘stand like a zombie’ stance. Show your curves, flaunt it! Make love to the camera 😉 Here I am straight on, no make up, no smile. NO ONE looks their best with a straight-on pose. This is only helpful if you are visually tracking your body progress when dieting and working out.
Turn your torso slightly to one side, then place one foot in front of the other, heel-to-toe, arms back and chest out. Extend your neck forward a little so there is no double chin effect. This can make a world of difference!
Arms Out, No Squishing
One of my personal “hates” in my photos is squishing, arms down to your side tend to squish the shoulder area, making your arms look bigger than they actually are. Put your hand on your hip, which also helps with softening the curve of your hips or shoulders back, arms hanging behind you.
Smile, Don’t Strain
It is good to smile ear to ear, but not to the point where you look like someone stepped on your foot, or you’re a puffer fish. When you work your smile’s muscles to their fullest extent, your cheeks get big and “cheeky”… simply open you mouth slightly in a smile without stressing or flexing (this takes practice), and get less smile lines in the future. 🙂
So moving forward, be conscious of your pose when being photographed: keep these tips in the back of your mind. Take a look at celebrity photos for tips and practice in the mirror. Even take your own practice shots to see the difference and what angle/pose is most flattering on you!
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