How to strike a picture-perfect pose
Imagination is everything
We’ve all done it, thought about something unpleasant and then voila, your face has broadcast that nastiness to the world.
The complete opposite of this process is possible. Yes, you can think yourself photogenic.
The top tip for a natural looking and inviting smile is relaxed facial muscles. Just imagine your happiest memory, whatever that may be. Think a happy thought and your face will automatically relax and respond.
The same principle goes for the rest of your body. The looser your muscles, the more relaxed and approachable you look.
Remember, we’re not talking haute couture cat walking-striking. If someone pulls out their iPhone for a quick snap, think about your shoulders and drop them. This will extend the look of your neck and lengthen your overall shape.
Now you’re thinking good thoughts, your face is relaxed, you’ve dropped your shoulders and you’re cutting a handsome form against the crowd.
If you’re prone to an extra helping of chin, press your tongue into the roof of your mouth. It’s an age-old modelling trick to tighten the throat muscles and it will also produce an ever-so-slight pout without producing the dreaded ‘duck-face’.
Angles and lights
Lighting is essential in producing a good picture, but when it comes to a quick snap, there isn’t much time to consider how the light is affecting our image.
Angle your face slightly upward or downward to produce soft shadows on your face, giving you a shapely look.
A sit-down show
Standing with your best foot forward might make for the perfect shot, but sit down shots can be a little more problematic. The body can lose definition among furniture and surroundings.
Bring your derriere forward to the edge of the seat, elongating your frame and allowing you to lean in to the camera ever so slightly. This will ensure that your perfect posture produces a great definition for the camera to pick up.