You are all set for your fantastic family photo session! But then a little voice in the back of your mind started mumbling..."I don't like the way I look in photographs. Maybe I should cancel?" Stop right there. Everyone is their own worst critic, and we want to help you through this feeling. Here are a few ways proven to help you look good in a photo.
1. How to look slimmer:
Position your body at an angle to the camera, instead of straight on.
Leave a space between your arms and your body to show your waistline.
Stand up straight, hold your shoulders back, and don't slouch.
2. Avoid looking like a totem pole:
Make sure your arms aren't dangling straight down -touch the person next to you or rest a hand on an object nearby.
Slightly bend at the waist; bend wherever you can naturally (i.e. bend one knee and shift your weight to the straight leg).
3. How to down play a feature that makes you feel uncomfortable:
If you feel your ears look big, position yourself at an angle so only one ear shows.
If you feel like your nose is too big, tilt your head up slightly.
If you want to avoid a shiny complexion, apply powder to face and/or neck.
If you feel you eyes are too small, consider wearing false eye lashes.
If you want to prevent a double chin, avoid looking down.
Most importantly, relax (act a little silly, maybe tell jokes to get everyone laughing) and have fun (jump or tickle the kids) this will make the photo appear more natural and less stiff.
Hello! I'm Sean and I'm a professional wedding and portrait photographer with more than 20 years of experience. I'm based out of Durham, N.C. and we service Asheville, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington and beyond North Carolina photographing weddings, families and seniors. When I'm not behind the lens, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Molly, and our two young daughters, Hattie and Rori.