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How to Pose for Pictures: 10 Tricks Every Girl Should Know

tips on how to pose for pictures

Perrie Samotin March 5, 2014 11:48am

Chances are, even the most confident, self-possessed woman has occasionally fallen victim to the scourge that is the unflattering photo . Even if we’re completely satisfied with the way we look in the mirror,  a truly bad picture can harness a power so strong that we often find ourselves miserable for days, even if we think we know how to pose for pictures.

The good news is this: Unless you’re being shot by a photographer with professional lighting and sets, odds are you’re not going to look stunning in every shot. Why is this good? Because it means that those dinky iPhone photos, the images of you hastily taken by party photographers at an event, or half-assed street style photos snapped during Fashion Week mean nothing when it comes to how you really look.

After all, a really good picture is less about reality, and more about knowing how to position yourself for the camera. That said—in the interest of never (ever!) taking a bad photo again—here’s a quick tutorial on how to pose for pictures, with 10 tricks every girl should know.

1. Use your tongue. 

This is one of best tricks out there—and the weirdest. It might feel strange, but by pressing your tongue on the roof of your mouth while smiling is an effective way to help avoid the dreaded double

chin, as it elongates your neck and your jawline. We’ve tried it, and it works! It also works for Heidi Klum and Renee Zellweger. who are fans of this trick.

2. Angle your face.

Unless you’re being snapped by a professional portait photographer, it’s key to avoid direct head-on shots. Why? Because there’ll be an absence of shadows, which could make your face look wider, larger, or slightly discolored. Instead, stand slightly sideways and tilt your chin a little bit upward or a tad downward. From there, be sure to look at something just above your natural line of sight.

When your head is tilted slightly up or down, it’s more flattering than getting snapped head-on.

Ah, the old red carpet trick: Position your body 45 degrees and put the arm closest to the camera on your hip. Then plant one foot slightly in front of the other, point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back leg.

Ever wonder why every celebrity poses with her camera-facing arm on her hip? It’s because that particular move ensures that her upper arm isn’t smooshed against her body making it look flattened (read: larger.) If you find the hand-on-hip pose to be a bit forced, try holding your arms out from your sides ever so slightly.

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