As a wedding photographer in the San Francisco area, I photograph a huge variety of people. Big & small, short & tall, shy & bold, young & old. Regardless of who you are, you will look best in your photos if you follow these 5 simple tips for looking great in your photographs.
Tip #1 – Closer is Bigger
If you don’t want your butt to look bigger than it actually is, shift your weight to your back foot and push your hips away from the camera. This tip applies to any body part. Whatever is closest to the camera will look bigger!
Tip #2 – Slimmer from the Side
Turn your body so the camera sees the side of your waist – it is much smaller from the side than straight on. This is true not only for your waist but also for your shoulders and hips. Guys may want their shoulders square to the camera so they look bigger but most women don’t want to look broad so remember to avoid facing your body square to the camera.
Tip #3 – Lean in to look Lean
Leaning back can make anyone look like the Michelin Man! So, to get rid of the extra chins, you need to slightly lean forward from your waist up. This also makes your chest bigger than your hips which most of us want. Lean in to look Lean.
Tip #4 – Roll ’em Back to remove the Rolls
If you’re wearing a strapless gown, then you run the risk of looking like a snow cone or the top of a muffin if you don’t roll those shoulders back! Only the super skinnies can get away with that high fashion forward shoulder roll. So, make that expensive dress look its best by rolling your shoulders back. This will also accentuate your bust line – just in case that’s of interest to you.
Tip #5 – Show them Big Sexy Eyes!
Your eyes will look bigger and more beautiful if they are open a little wider. To do this without looking like someone just pinched your bottom, I suggest lowering your chin slightly while doing the Lean (Tip #3). When you lower your chin, you’ll be looking up a bit to the camera which opens you eyes and makes them look much more bright and sexy.
Bonus Tip – Relax!
If you can’t remember any of the Top 5 Tips above, just relax and think of the camera as a good friend who’s trying very hard to flatter you – you beautiful thing, you!
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Here’s to looking amazing!