There are people who just know what angle to hold their head, where to place their feet and which “side” is their best to guarantee a good photo every time, but I am definitely not one of them!    This became apparent when we were involved in a recent photo shoot for our website.

Capturing a great photo is really important these days – both for personal and professional reasons.   Part of what we do involves helping people create an image that supports their brand.   It is no longer good enough to have a great selfie as your profile shot on LinkedIn or Facebook – it needs to project the right image and of course be flattering!

So, how do you make sure that every photo is a good one?    I have done some research and have put together some tips for you:

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Put Your Tongue on the Roof of Your Mouth.

This is the easiest way to give yourself a facelift and a more defined profile. Pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth while smiling helps to avoid a double chin. It elongates your neck and jawline.

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Don’t Look Straight Into the Lens.

Try to avoid direct face shots because they cause shadows that can make your face appear wider or larger than it actually is. If you stand slightly on the side and tilt your chin down or up a little it gives more definition.

Positioning Your Body

How to pose for a photoAh, the old red carpet trick: Position your body 45 degrees and put the arm closest to the camera on your hip. Then plant one foot slightly in front of the other, point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back leg. This position makes sure that your arm isn’t squashed against your body (making it look larger!) and also makes your legs look longer.

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Cross Your Ankles.       

This will make your hips look narrower and your legs look longer, plus it looks a bit more casual. It’s worth noting that the pose also works when you’re sitting. Although it’s always preferable to stand in pictures, if you happen to be on a chair or a couch when someone comes at you with a camera, sit up straight and cross your legs at the ankles.

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Good posture. You’ve heard it 1,000 times, but standing up straight really does make a difference. Not only will it elongate you in photos, but it gives you an aura of strength and confidence, which is naturally alluring.

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Understand proportion.

 It’s a basic rule: Whatever is closer to the camera will appear larger.

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I applied some of these tips during our photoshoot and it definitely made a difference to the images. Nobody likes to see a bad photo of themselves but if you try to remember some of these points I am sure those bad photos will become a thing of the past!