How to pose to 'flatter'


A photograph never lies. That’s a common phrase that isn’t quite true anymore. In fact, it never has been true. There are ways to stand to make you look good; to flatter your strong points and lessen the weaker sections of your body. Here are three ways that professional photography work to hide your flaws that you can follow too.

Not that she needs it, but notice how the head appears slimmer when looking up at the camera. 

Not that she needs it, but notice how the head appears slimmer when looking up at the camera. 

And the difference when the head is level with the camera.

And the difference when the head is level with the camera.

Look Up at the Camera


Double chins are one of the most unflattering elements of photography. When it comes to getting a portrait, make sure you look up at the camera. You’ll need to pull your head back and stretch out the neck. Your double chin will disappear instantly. The neck will also be hidden from the shot completely if the photo is taken from above.

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Remove Objects from the Photo


If you’re short and conscious of this fact, you can easily hide that in a photo. The trick is to remove anything that could give away just how short you are. 
Another option is for everyone to sit down. This is extremely beneficial when it comes to a family portrait. Everyone laying on their fronts or backs will also help to avoid the problem of showing how short you are, and you can ask your professional photographer to do these types of shots.

 

Big smiles normally give scrunched eyes, more laughter lines and harsher frames. In this photo, it is telling a story, but for a portrait - not the most flattering.

Big smiles normally give scrunched eyes, more laughter lines and harsher frames. In this photo, it is telling a story, but for a portrait - not the most flattering.

Soft smiles ensures eyes are left wide open, laughter lines are soft and a smooth outline. 

Soft smiles ensures eyes are left wide open, laughter lines are soft and a smooth outline. 

 

Avoid Big Smiles


If you have yellow teeth or chubby cheeks, you can avoid showing these in photography by avoiding big smiles. It is possible to smile and make it reach the eyes without opening the mouth and showing off the teeth. You can also share emotion from the eyes without the need to smile on camera. Some of these sultry looks can look amazing while making your face look thinner.
Think about your flaws and how you can hide them in photography. The above three tips will help you with your next professional portrait.

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