With MIP photographers having almost a combined century of experience here are some tips for looking hot in photos:
1. Find Your Signature Smile
Grab your phone camera and blast of a series of shots of yourself smiling – all kinds of smiles, pouty, happy, sexy smiles. Look for the smile that spreads right across your face and makes your eye light up too. This is the smile you want in your photos. Practice makes perfect.
2. Keep It Simple
Probably because of some childhood horror portrait session you automatically end up being stiff and looking like a deer caught in headlights because that is the way your family or school portraits always turned out! Whether standing, sitting or lying down think tall and the moment you feel yourself stiffening up take a deep breath and exhale slowly unwinding the bits that have locked up. Sounds like yoga? It almost is. When standing see if you can lean into something or (preferably) someone. When sitting, wriggle around until you are comfortable. When lying down don’t fall asleep.
3. Makeup to Avoid
Whether indoors or outdoors avoid foundation and concealers with any SPF in them. These add shine and will make you look pale and washed out as well as shiny. Matte foundation is the only way to go. Adding a bit more eye, blush and lip makeup will compensate for the photographic process dulling them down. When in doubt hire a makeup artist that has lots of TV or Movie experience and learn the tricks from them, then you can do it yourself.
4. Put Your Hands On Your Hips
Queen Victoria died years ago. You can move your arms to where they are comfortable. Hanging down is rarely comfortable. Hands on hips can accentuate your waist, making the photo look more natural and animated instead of looking like a ten pin waiting to be bowled over. Position your hands with your fingers out, palms facing behind you. This show off hand and arm jewelry along with looking more natural and comfortable.
5. Raise the Camera
It may look good when the photographer goes down to their knees to get the shot but they are doing you no favors when the lens is below your eye line! Not only do your eyelids drop when you look down your jawline gets swallowed up as well. If the photographer insists on taking “low” angle shots insist that they also take some at or just above your eye line as well.
6. Proper Lighting Is Key To Every Thing
These tips are for making you look lovely. So avoid strong direct and right lights these casue harsh shadows which accentuate blemishes and cause contrasting dark areas under your eyes or beneath the nose and even onto your neck from your chin. Lighting that “wraps” around your face and is even from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin, as well as from cheek to cheek is what will produce glowing skin and soften any lines/wrinkles.
7. Shape Your Silhouette
To lengthen your torso and ensure your best silhouette don’t slouch and when sitting sit forward in the chair or on the stool. When standing and you are not in hight heels just lift onto your toes a little bit. But don’t over do it as that will throw into a stiff pose again. Your shoulder line should always be at an angle to the camera. Again don’t go beyond about 30 degrees as a great angle makes you look posed.
8. Vusualize Pleasant Thoughts
It may sound a bit New Age but actually visualizing yourself doing something that makes you feel happy will produce a genuine smile and you will look serene rather than a forced facial expression. It could be a special memory, your favorite moment, or a sentimental sweet thing your friend, spouse, or child does for you.
9. Wear Clothes That Hide the Bad and Bring Out The Good
As a general rule darker tones are more slimming. Sleeves should not be make your arms look bigger. Horizontal stripes are verboten, they produce an optical illusion that whatever the stripes are on is wider than it really is add a little camera lens distortion and you’ll think bad thoughts again.
10. Practice Facial Expressions and Posing
Remember your phone camera exercise from earlier on. More self portraits! Don’t purse thin lips, part them slightly and blow lightly when the photographer give you the signal that they are about to take the shot, it creates the look of fuller ones. If your face shape is round avoid facing the camera straight on and instead turn the head slightly to one side and this is on top of angling your shoulders. Think you have a weak chin or an over-projected nose? Push the jaw forward a bit when shot from the side for a more balanced profile.
11. Only take My Good Side!
Contrary to common belief, a bad side doesn’t really exist. Focusing all your energy on looking into the camera with confidence and slightly turning your body at an angle to either side. This will help show off your ‘WOW!’ personality to be caught in the image.
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