Picture Perfect Posing
Start writing a post

Picture Perfect Posing

How to take a flattering photo.

Picture Perfect Posing

With recruitment right around the corner and summer goodbyes taking place, cameras are flashing none stop. Flattering or not, these photos will end up all over social media. 

Stop the panic from the notification saying you have been tagged in a photo. Stop avoiding the camera or hiding behind the lens. Here are nine tricks to ensure you look picture perfect in your next photo. 

  1. Angle your face. Unless you're Heidi Klum, the head on shot isn't a good idea. Your face will look chubbier than it is. Instead, angle your head slightly upward or downward, focusing on a point right above your eye level. 
  2. This one isn't a secret. The hand on the hip pose. Angle yourself 45 degrees toward the camera to avoid straight on shot. Prop the arm closest to the camera on your hip. Nobody likes how their arms look flattened against their side. 
  3. Whether you're sitting or standing, cross your ankles. This little trick will instantly slim your hips and make your legs appear longer and leaner. 
  4. Understand the basic rule of proportions. Whatever is closest to the camera will appear larder. What you angle backward will appear smaller. In group photos, being in the middle you will appear smaller than being on the end. All about proportions. 
  5. Unless you have perfected the mouth closed smile. (Or you're an Olsen twin). Smile with your teeth. It's more natural. Chances are, if you don't you'll resemble the grinch. 
  6. Bend your joints. Wrists, ankles, elbows, knees. Bend it like Beckham baby. It's just more natural and natural is key. 
  7. Head first. This goes back to proportions. Lean your head forward so it is closer to the camera. Your whole body will appear slimmer.
  8. Tight isn'r right. When dressing yourself before photos, know what fits your body. If you wear something too loose, well you're going to look larger. But if you wear something too tight, the camera's flash will reveal every lump and pump. 
  9. Fake it til' you make it. Even if you aren't a supermodel, act like you are. Confidence is key to the perfect photo. 
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

The Mystery Of The Gospel

Also entitled, "The Day I Stopped Believing In God"


I had just walked across the street from the soccer field back to the school. I turned around and saw the cars rushing, passing each other, going fast over the crosswalk where I had been moments earlier. “It would be so easy to jump in front of one of them,” I thought, looking at the cars. “I could jump, and this life that I’m stuck in would be over.”

Keep Reading... Show less

College as Told by The Lord of the Rings Memes

One does not simply pass this article.


College as told by the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit memes. Everyone will be Tolkien about it.

Keep Reading... Show less

A Tribute To The Lonely Hispanic

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’d like to share a few thoughts about being Hispanic in a country where it’s hard to be Hispanic.

Veronika Maldonado

Just a little background information; my dad was born in Mexico, came to the U.S. as a newborn and became a citizen when he was 25 years old. My mom was born and raised in the U.S. as were my grandparents and great grandparents, but my great-great grandparents did migrate here from Mexico. I am proud to classify myself as Hispanic but there are times when I feel like I’m living a double life and I don’t fit into either one.

Keep Reading... Show less

Dear College Football

It's not you, it's me.


Dear College Football,

Keep Reading... Show less

Hurricane Preparedness

In Louisiana and many other states, it is important to have a hurricane plan

Munger Construction

With hurricane season, it's always best to be prepared for it. It means having a plan for your family and home. Everyone in Louisiana should know the basics of preparing for hurricane season.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments