Do you just hate being photographed? Does it seem like you are always disappointed with the results?
You are not alone. Many people wish they could look as good as those professional photos they see online.
Well, today is your lucky day! We spoke to Jamiya Wilson – hair/body photographer – to get professional tips on how to look your best in photos.
- Wear make-up. A flash will wash the colour right out of your face – whether you are a man or a woman. Don’t worry – you don’t need to LOOK like you are wearing makeup, but at least use powder to avoid any shine. A tinted powder will counteract the bleaching effect of strong lighting.
- Use blush to underline your cheek bones – two shades darker than your skin tone.
- Surprise photo? No powder available? Blot your face with a tissue or single-ply cocktail napkin, then pinch your cheeks to create a rosy glow.
- Stand in front of a white wall. A white background helps a camera’s automatic settings find the right colour balance, so your skin tone doesn’t end up looking too pink or yellow.
- Avoid standing directly under an artificial light, which can cast ugly shadows on your face. Instead, stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, or in a spot where soft light hits your face from the side.
- Worried about looking a bit pudgy? Use this celebrity red-carpet-photo trick. Twist your torso, turning one shoulder toward the camera and the other away from it. It makes you look more slender.
- Elongate your neck, and tilt your chin just a bit, to avoid the dreaded “double chin”.
- Don’t slouch! You’ll look heavier and less energetic if you slouch. Keep your spine long and straight.
- Keep your shoulders back. It will make your chest muscles or bust look bigger.
- If you are standing – turn slightly and rest your weight on your back leg. Lean slightly toward the camera and angle your face and/or body.
- Ensure the lens is above you. If the photographer is shorter than you, move to an area where they can stand on something or you can get below the lens.
- Head shots usually look more pleasing if only one ear is showing.
- Natural light or a flash can pick up flyaway hairs, which are distracting in a photo. To tame them, spritz a lightweight hair spray on your palms, then smooth your hair from roots to ends. If your hair is curly or coarse, use something a bit heavier, like a wax or a pomade.
- Try looking away from the camera sometimes, and vary your facial expressions. Candid shots are engaging and more attractive than the traditional “say-cheese” forced smile, which can create a tight look and squinty eyes.
- Have fun! It might be the last thing you want to do, but to be attractive in photos you have to play with the camera a little. Move, laugh, do something silly, make a sexy face.
- Take lots of photos, and delete nine out of ten. Seriously – this is how the professionals do it.