I spent this past Sunday out with neighbors on their sailboat soaking up the sun and drinking wine while I watched my husband do a lot of the work. Spectacular. I did make a delicious fennel salad with fresh berries and also prepared slices of creamy mozzarella, farmers market tomatoes and basil drizzled with Sicilian olive oil. It’s my hope that despite my lack of involvement on the boat I’ll be invited back based on my culinary talent. I also brought my camera and got some good snaps throughout the day. When I was editing the pictures I came across this one that my husband took of me, while it’s not a bad picture by any means I know I could have looked much better! I’m going to lay it down for you so you will look awesome in every shot taken of you this summer.
How To Look Better Than This
1. The Double (or in my case the triple chin) fix. Try to elongate your neck, relax your shoulders down and push your face forward a bit. Then have your forehead come slightly forward and your chin slightly down after the lengthening. It will feel a little unnatural but will look fab!
2. A relaxed smile. A red-carpet trick that works is to put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile, this prevents a goofy too wide look.
3. A real smile. A true laugh or smile beats a fake one any day. Try joking with the photographer if you’re the subject, this would have helped my stiff smile above. As the photographer I am usually looking for my subjects natural smile or laugh and engaging them to encourage one!
4. Give yourself some shape. Another red-carpet trick that works really well. Put your hand on your hip, it creates shape and would have made a huge difference in the photo above. You would have seen the curve of my back and it would have created a waist angle. This works for any body type, really.
5. Have a seat. A photo taken from slightly above is always more flattering so if you’re taller than the person taking your photo have a seat. While I’m already seated in this shot I could have requested the photographer stand instead of taking it from the seat directly across from me.
Be In Lots Of Pictures
I hope these tips raise your confidence to join more picture opportunities because photography is also a game of averages. The more shots you are in the better the chance you’ll love the way you look in a bunch!