f you're nervous about a friend's wedding or an upcoming family party where there will be tons of pictures taken, don't worry! Just follow these five simple tips and your photos will look great no matter what.
Which Side of Your Face Looks Best?
So, which side of your face looks best? The answer might surprise you.
You’ll want to make sure that the side of your face that looks best is the most symmetrical. This means that it will be the one closest to being centered with regards to the length of your nose and chin. If you have a large nose or a small chin, choose the opposite side as what would normally be considered “best looking” – remember this advice when deciding which camera angle works best for you!
If you still aren't sure which side of your face looks better than others in photos, ask a friend for help! They'll be able to give unbiased feedback on whether there are any subtle changes they see between different photos taken from each angle.
What to Wear in Photos
In general, your clothing should be darker in color than the background. This will make you appear to stand out more and not blend into the background. Additionally, wearing a flattering color is important because it makes the subject look good! There are some colors that aren't flattering on everyone and can even make them look older or heavier than they actually are. For example, burgundy doesn't work well on people with fair skin; it makes them look washed out.
Avoid wearing patterns that compete with each other (i.e., stripes versus polka dots) or patterns so small that they become distracting from what's really important: YOU! Avoid wearing too much jewelry, makeup or accessories overall because these things tend to distract from what someone wants to see when looking at pictures—YOU! Avoid hats unless you're trying to hide from someone who might recognize you in public; otherwise, just avoid them altogether!
Smiling vs. Not Smiling
It’s true that smiling is better than not smiling. It shows the people behind the camera that you’re enjoying yourself, and they will enjoy photographing you. This can make a huge difference in your photos; it makes them look natural, fun, relaxed and enjoyable to photograph.
Smile with your whole face! Your eyes should be wide open and looking straight into the camera (or at least somewhere near the lens), with a slight squint if possible (you want them to catch some light). Your mouth should form an O shape—not too big or too small—and show only upper teeth on one side of your mouth (that way both sides of your face are shown). Don’t forget those cheeks: they should be raised slightly so that there’s definition between them and your jawline.
Posing for Photos
When you pose for a photo, follow these steps:
- Pose naturally. Don't slouch and don't look away from the camera.
- Don't smile too much or too little (unless the photo is being taken at a wedding!). A slight smile is fine, but avoid those cheesy "say cheese" grins at all costs!
How to Focus Your Eyes
Make sure you are looking directly into the camera. This can be difficult, especially if your subject is in close proximity to you. For example, if your son is taking a picture of his new puppy and he has just given it a bath—which means that its little face is soaking wet—you may find yourself compelled to look at little baby dog instead of at the camera. Don’t do it! Keep those eyes on that lens!
You also want to avoid looking at other people in the frame as well, because this can make for awkward photos where everyone looks away from each other rather than toward one another. If there are multiple people in a photo together (for example, if you are hanging out with friends), make sure not to glance off into space or break eye contact with those around you while they take their turn posing for their portraits.
You’ve learned everything you need to know about making yourself look your best in photos!
Just remember that you don't have to follow every single one of the tips we've given—even if you just try a couple, we think your photos will improve. If you're not sure which ones apply most to you, ask a friend or co-worker who's good at taking selfies, or even do an experiment with them: take a few selfies together and see which ones work best for both of you. The most important thing is to have fun with it! After all, the point of taking pictures is so that we can preserve and share our memories... and make ourselves look great!
To learn more tips and tricks on how to take a great picture of yourself,
check out our class How to Take a Great Selfie!