Believe it or not, there are a few things you can do to take a better photo! It’s not just a phrase that the camera adds 10 pounds. Due to the distortions on lenses, they really do nothing for your figure. A good photographer will be able to combat that distortion, but here’s some things I tell people to do in preeeetty much ever session ever to help you look like your best self.
Don’t shy away from the camera. Leaning backwards will make you look nervous and distrusting, and will show off any chins you don’t want making an appearance. I always tell people to think of their eyebrow forward-basically meaning tilt your chin down. However, we don’t want to jut the chin inwards and down, creating more chins. Think of your chin out and over-as if you were holding an apple between your chin and collarbone. This will define your jawline and it’s shadow. I also love the attitude this gives people. You will look fearless and like you’re ready to take on anything.
Tilt forward on your toes. Almost as if you were going to fall over—but don’t quite fall over ;) Another way to do this is to bend forward slightly from the waist. You want your head and chest to be the closest thing to the camera.
Twist your torso. Think of putting one shoulder more forward and accentuating the smallest part of your waist.
Roll your shoulders back. This is a rough one, and I am the worst offender of this always. Think that you are the mermaid on the front of a ship! Open and vulnerable. Because headshots are basically your head and your shoulders-you can communicate SO MUCH about your confidence with your chest and shoulders. Make sure you are making a bold statement.
Breathe. I can’t tell you how many times a session I have to remind people to do this! Breathing vibrance, confidence, and peace into your poses will be the final selling point that you are just as rad as you photograph.
What do you think?? Can you visualize these things? Would you like to see sample images of the difference these make?? Comment below! I would love to hear from you.