When you face a camera square on you’re facing it at your widest if you turn your shoulder slightly toward the camera you’ll instantly slim your appearance. Alternatively – if you’d like to widen your appearance face the camera square on!
When posing for the camera typically you’ll want to position your feet close together.
My favorite position when I am posing myself or even working with a bridal party comes pretty naturally once you’ve turned your body on a slight angle to the camera. First bring one foot slightly toward the camera while placing your weight on your back foot. Bend your front knee slightly while making sure not to lock your rear knee.
If you’re feeling adventurous try crossing your legs at your ankles – you’ll see a lot of celebrities posing this way! Keeping your legs close can give you a curvy, sexy look.
All too often I catch myself not sitting or standing up straight. For one, it’s not good for your spine and it’s not very flattering in photos either! I learned at an early age having watched my father have a few back surgeries that good posture is important. It’s also one of the easiest adjustments you can make to look and feel better in pictures. Take a deep breath and lift your back and shoulders – chances are you might grow a few inches.
Bring a hand up to your hip or even use your purse as a prop to get those arms away from your body. Photographs are 2d representations of a 3d world and when you keep your arm against your body it will get lost against the rest of your body. By bending your arm and getting it away from your body you’re creating what is called “negative space” around your shape in the photo. Plus a hand on your hip can make you look and feel more confident!
If the camera is aiming up toward you anything that is closer to the lens is going to appear larger. Also it’s looking straight up at your chin region and your nostrils – eek! This camera position is least likely to flatter anyone’s body and that’s the goal! Being photographed at eye level or above avoids those problem areas – especially the double chin.
Don’t worry so much about where your fingers are – laying them naturally is much more flattering than a set of stiff fingers. Placing your fingers flat and close together looks posed and rather uncomfortable. You’ll look much more cool and confident with your fingers relaxed and bent naturally.
WHAT?! Get closer to the camera? Am I crazy? Just trust me! A lot of us will move away from the lens when there’s a picture being taken and many times you actually didn’t move your feet to get away. Instead you just leaned your head and shoulders back. This brings your stomach, hips and legs closer to the lens making them appear larger and can also give you the dreaded double chin if you’re being photographed close up. Instead, you want to ever so slightly lean from your hips toward the camera. This will lengthen out your neck and stomach thinning your appearance and adding a feminine curve to your pose!