Let's admit it: selfies are easy. You can stand with your camera for however long it takes to get the photo that you are satisfied with. You are in the lighting you want, your hair is styled the way you want, you are even in the outfit you want and you take take photo after photo to achieve the perfect angle, crop, expression, etc. When it comes to having your photo taken by someone else, however, that is a whole different situation.
I am really shy when it comes to having my picture taken and I always freeze up in front of the camera. I dislike the way I photograph and as a result, I always hate the pictures. I have decided that I need to overcome my fear of having my picture taken and embrace my physical qualities. We all have things we don't necessarily like about ourselves (mine is the shape of my face and my smile....yeah, we are our own worst critic) but there are tricks out there to help you become more photogenic. Here are my favorite tips from various sources that I know I will be keeping in mind when I am working on taking better pictures.
From Cupcakes and Cashmere ::
Practice :: Whether you pose in front of the mirror or use your camera's self-timer, a big part of looking good comes with feeling comfortable. So loosen up, smile and pretend someone's snapping your picture.
Show Some Emotion :: I used to try this thing where I'd open my eyes really wide since I figured it would make my eyes look bigger. Well, not only did they look bigger, but I always looked slightly crazy. Softening my eyes a bit and thinking of something that makes me happy makes me look far more relaxed and ultimately, more like me.
From Garance Dorè ::
Figure Out Your Best Profile :: We all have one. It's usually the left one. Know which one is which and it changes EVERYTHING. You can ask a friend to take a few pictures to figure it out because it's hard to do it with a mirror. Once you've found it, use and abuse it.
Play :: Learn to love yourself. Have fun. It's hard to do but to be beautiful in photos you have to play with the camera a little. Move, laugh, do something silly, make a sexy face. Don't keep the same overly frozen smile for five minutes while photos are being taken. Try to find different emotions within you, crack yourself up, chat it up, have someone tell you a story, move.
From Who What Wear ::
Never Stand The Closest To The Camera In A Group Shot :: Never stand the closest to the camera, or you'll look disproportionately larger. Instead, position yourself on an even plane with the other people in the photo.
Tilt Your Face Slightly, So You Don't Face The Camera Squarely :: Turning your head slightly is more flattering than facing the camera straight on, because it will give your features more depth. Hello, cheekbones!
4 Steps To A Relaxed Smile :: 1) Close your eyes. 2) Take a deep breath. 3) Open your eyes before the shutter clicks. 4) Smile.
Put Your Tongue Behind Your Teeth While You Smile :: Putting your tongue behind your teeth when smiling will help you avoid a too-wide grin. Just remember to smile with your eyes, so you don't look unhappy!
From Daily Makeover ::
To Avoid A Double Chin :: Elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit. Think of sticking out your forehead and tipping your chin slightly down. It might feel awkward, but it will look great - promise.
Be In More Pictures! :: People who think they're unphotogenic tend to pose for fewer photos overall, but photography is a game of averages. Even Kate Moss doesn't nail it on the first frame. The more shots you let your photographer take, the more likely you'll be happy with one or two of them.
:: Photo - Collage Vintage ::