When you put pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, you want to make sure you showcase your best self. HC is here to give you tips for looking your best in pictures and taking your most like-worthy photos ever!
1. Get a Good Angle
The best way to make yourself look good in a photo is to find the angle that works for you. Marcy Holquist, a professional photographer, says that “selfies are always more attractive if they’re taken straight on rather than up at yourself.” So if you plan on going the selfie route, try to take them with your phone angled down and you looking up, or do a straight-on headshot.
If you’re in a group shot or any other non-selfie photo, having a straight-on shot might not be the best idea. “Definitely more people have a certain way that they like, like a side of their face or hair in front of their shoulders,” Holquist says. “I like one shoulder leading and a tilt of the head rather than a mug shot.” Try practicing in the mirror to figure out how to best flatter yourself!
2. Pay Attention to Your Hands
When preparing to pose for pictures, you might mostly worry about making sure your hair looks good and posing at a flattering angle, but an important, often overlooked feature is your hands.
“Hands close to your face are really nice as long as you don’t have a fist,” Holquist says. “Fingers should be ballerina hands, equal distance apart.”
Remember that your hands are a part of your body you have to pose, too; no one likes an awkward hand in photos! So if you’re putting your arm around your friend or trying to rock the skinny arm, make sure your hands are delicate and graceful so they don’t detract from the picture. Try bending your fingers at a slight angle to give the impression of elongation.
3. Show Off a Genuine Smile
We’ve all taken a faux-candid picture—don’t try to deny it. Faux candids are an easy way to show someone how much fun you’re having, but why fake a smile when you can capture a real one? Pose with a friend, talk about some funny inside joke, or just be your naturally goofy selves with each other—do whatever will make you genuinely laugh and smile! A great smile is all about having confidence. The better and more confident you feel about yourself, the more radiant your smile will be.