Everyone loves photos that appear picture perfect. We all want to see the best versions of ourselves in photographs; pictures similar to those of celebrities. But when put in front of the camera, most of us are not quite sure what to do with ourselves and transform into a cringe-worthy klutz.
With no experience, it could be frustrating trying to get that perfect selfie shot even in good lighting and sometimes having a friend/photographer do take your photo could prove even less fulfilling.
The truth is, for both the poser and the photographer there are a few ground rules to follow for expression, posture, and style before you can obtain a model-like photo that is both natural and sexually appealing. Check out these tips to nail a model selfie every time.
1. The Classic Hands-On-Hip
It’s always a good idea to not leave your hands limp or rogue. Perching one arm on the hip, weight shifted to one side and relaxing your shoulders. This “Teapot” pose is so popular with models, it slims your figure and creates a tall and dignified look that makes the waist appears slimmer. Be sure to position your lifted arm that’s placed on the hip to show off any fancy accessories or nail polish art.
2. Use the Mirror
Pose in front of your new BFF, the mirror, until you are near perfect at it. Learn your body shape and pick sides and angles you love. Forget about feeling guilty about your vanity, and remember “all is vanity”. Use your imagination and pretend someone else is behind the mirror, camera in hand and snapping away. Keep your feet in check for full-body shots, they are always closest to the mirror and you do not want to appear big-footed.
Related: How to Take Perfect Portrait Photos
3. Go Lower
When sitting your camera height should be well above your eye level and your photographer standing a little far for the best result. This particular technique would show all your features, hair and makeup and also give you the illusion of a more petite, skinny frame.
Photographers often totally forget their own height and shoot from below the model’s eye line and you should never let them do that if you want the perfect photo. The chances that a shot from below help increase the height of subject or create the dramatic heroine shot you may be looking for are slim, and failed results with disappearing chins, weird shadows and dwarf shots are nearly always the end game.
For selfies, keeping your phone lens above your head will capture only your best angles and keep your neck looking elongated and swan-like.
4. Turn Your Head
If your face is asymmetrical in any way, not to worry you’re in good company. The easy fix for photos is to turn your head a bit when snapping and let the perfect tilt and camera angle hide that crooked smile of yours. Tilting your head is also a great trick for slimming your profile so if you really want to pose like a model, try turning slightly rather than facing the camera head on.
5. Stand Straight, Chin Out
Let the one thing you do not forget about perfecting your photo posture be to put your best foot and chin forward and stand up straight.
Cameras are only two-dimensional, meaning a photo cannot display its subject in all three dimensions unless it is shot that way purposely. When posing in front of the camera and looking straight at it, pushing your chin out, down and forward can extend your jawline, creating the sharper and stronger facial lines that are associated with model features.
6. Bounce Your Shoulders
Positioning your shoulders is often thought of as a small detail but shoulders play a major in determining how the face is highlighted or not in a photo. Rolling your shoulders back can allow your face pop up and instantly slim your upper body’s appearance.
Popping one shoulder up higher than the other can also create much needed dimension in an image.
7. Bend Your Knees
Bending one leg slightly at the knee and putting one’s weight on the straight leg would help define your waist and emphasize curves if you have them, or create them when you don’t. Cross your knees slightly for the great camera effect this pose gives!
8. Stick out Your Hips
The trick is creating the illusion of hips by keeping your arms slightly loose and posing in an exaggerated S-shape. To do this, you can position yourself to camera and show off only the false waist you want seen by placing your hands to cover some of your “hips”.
9. Give Yourself Curves
When you are not quite blessed with the pockets for plastic surgery and squats aren’t doing the job, just strike the right pose and voila! Turn your preferred side towards the camera, with your head tilted and back arched, place one foot in front of the other and put your hand closer to the camera on your hip. Instant curves.
10. Have Fun with the Camera
Once you are aware of all you need to do to ensure you capture yourself in a flattering pose, feel free to play with the camera with the casual “caught-off-guard” look, or straight back at the camera like you know what you’re doing. Incorporating moving shots and just pure “I’m having fun” shots, can help build confidence because hey, if the photo comes out with you looking not so photogenic… at least you can show you were having a good time while at it!