Portrait Photography Styling Tips
How to Be Photogenic: Tips to Look Amazing In Photos
When it comes to Portrait Photography, there’s one thing I notice people don’t love: not looking the way they imagine themselves. Perhaps you wonder how all those models manage to be so damn photogenic? I can tell you it’s a lot of work for a photographer and skilled entourage team of retouchers, hair stylists, art directors and set assistants. Don’t get caught up believing with what you see on the magazine cover is real because most of the time it’s not!
Even if you love the way you look in person, it takes practice to make sure you look good and natural on camera. The good news? Learning how to be photogenic is a skill anyone can master.
Here are a few of my favourite tips that will help you look good in a photo:
- If you tend to blink in photos, don’t worry about it!! Photographer will see it and will take another shot. Close your eyes just before the picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks.
- To avoid a double chin, keep your back straight, elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit. It might feel awkward, but it will look great.
- Make sure your makeup is a perfect natural match. There’s nothing worse than when a foundation is different from the colour on your neck – it becomes very obvious when a flash hits the skin. Match your skin to your chest and add a thin layer to your neck.
- For a styled fashion or corporate headshot it’s nice to have good mascara on accentuating your eyes. It’ll open up your eyes as the most focal point in a picture. You want people to be drawn into your eyes, so make sure to maximise the impact of the eyes. They more open they are, the more the light hits them and that’s what makes them twinkle!
- Take a look at your favourite photos of yourself and try to spot a pattern. Do you like the way you look from a certain angle? You smile a specific way? Try to replicate your best poses next time you have your photo taken. Tell your photographer about it!
- Red carpet trick: put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile to avoid a goofy grin.
- Make sure your hair is shiny. Wash it or use spray-on shine
- Eye drops will help your eyes look brighter and awake.
- Practice your angles. Facing the camera straight on is rarely flattering; instead, turn your head to a three-quarter position to give depth to your features.
- Try the cliché, “red carpet” pose: put your hand on your hip, angle your body to the side and turn your head towards the camera. It really helps your body to look good.
- And the most important: love and think good of yourself – it makes all the difference!