Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A guide to being photogenic

Posted By on 06.20.12 at 03:29 PM

News flash: people who are tall, thin, and have angular features look better in photos! But for those of us not blessed with these traits, there are things you can do to make sure you look your best in snapshots—something to keep in mind when your friends are going crazy with the camera this summer.

1. Unless you are freakishly symmetrical—in which case you are probably an android and have better things to do than pose for photos, like plot the downfall of your human masters—you have a good side and a less-good side. Figure out which one is which and position yourself accordingly.

2. Angles are your friend. Angle your body three-quarters toward the camera rather than straight on, with one foot slightly in front of the other. Put your weight on the back foot.

3. Hold your arms slightly away from your body so that the upper part doesn't appear flattened and, hence, wider.

4. Push your chin out a little and make sure you're not being shot from below to avoid a double chin. I've also heard that sticking the tip of your tongue right behind your front teeth helps.

4. Mom was right—stand up straight!

5. Relax. You don't have to look like a model in casual shots. When you're dead and gone, no one is going to look at your photo and say, "Jeez, what a horrible picture of cousin Rita." OK, someone might, but the important part is that they will remember all the good times with you.

6. If all else fails, blame the photographer.

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