• Atali Samuel Photographer

5 Master Tips + Tricks To Becoming More Photogenic - Pt. 1

Most people are not naturally photogenic, our faces are naturally uneven and gravity takes its toll as we age. How many times have you taken a selfie or seen an image of yourself and shuddered at your appearance? Bad lighting, crows feet, awkward smiles, yellow teeth, double chins or goofy looks are sure to plague your photos if you don’t know how to pose. Follow these photogenius tips and tricks to capture your best look and win at pictures every single time.

1. Pose Like The Celebs

  • DO know your angle, left is best! 98% of us are more photogenic on our left side because this side naturally shows greater emotion, which other people prefer to look at.

  • DO turn your body three quarters of the way toward the camera to show off your waistline, with one foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the photographer to slim your appearance.

  • DO correct your posture: suck your belly in, tighten your buns, shoulders rolled down and back, and always sports a spine straight.

  • DO angle your head slightly instead of facing front to flatter your features.

  • DON'T face the camera head on, this will make your body look wider.

98% of us are more photogenic on our left side

2. Clothes Make the Pose

  • DO bring several tops/jackets on hangers to choose from to allow your photographer to select the most photogenic combination.

  • DO iron all garments you plan to wear, wrinkled clothes look terrible in photos.

  • DO choose simple, textured apparel that reflect your personality.

  • DO pick a shirt color that contrasts against your skin color since this is the closest color/fabric to your face.

  • DO select mid-tone colors in blue, green, wine and purple because they are universally flattering.

  • DO choose plain colors, since patterns or prints distract and date your photo.

  • DO layer your tops for a slimming look. Layering a jacket or button-down shirt (unbuttoned) over another shirt adds an appealing visual quality.

  • DO wear slim fitting clothes in darker shades if you want to hide those few extra pounds.

  • DO add a belt to your waist to define your shape and create a fantastic hourglass silhouette.

  • DO wear heels (not wedges) to create a leaner silhouette and add height if you need it.

  • DON’T wearing tops in flesh tones (white, cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow) as they will blend your face into your clothes.

  • DON’T wad your shirts up and throw them into your backpack before the shoot.

  • DON'T not wear baggy clothes, they can actually make you look bigger.

  • DON’T wait till the last minute to plan your looks. Just as your photographer plans your shoot by scouting locations and creating a detailed shot list, so should you plan for your best overall.

DON'T not wear baggy clothes, they can actually make you look bigger

3. Makeup Done Right

  • DO apply a mattifying full-coverage foundation for shine-free smooth looking skin.

  • DO contour your face by defining your bone structure with bronzer, giving cheeks dimension with blush and creating a radiant glow with some highlighter.

  • DO lightly fill in brows for a natural look to avoid looking washed out.

  • DO make eyes appear bigger, brighter and more defined with eyeliner and natural, curled lashes layered with non-clumpy mascara.

  • DO apply a bright hue on lips for a luscious look.

  • DON’T over do the brow makeup leading to a fake, severe or angry face.

  • DON’T apply products with shimmer and remove shine by applying translucent powder to your forehead, nose, and chin.

  • DON’T apply SPF moisturizer or makeup since the active ingredients can make your face look whiter under the camera’s flash.

  • DON’T apply dark lipstick, this make lips look smaller than they are.

DON’T over do the brow makeup leading to a fake, severe or angry face

4. Put your Best Face Forward

  • A stale and fake smile makes for a flat and awkward image. Always show some emotion while being photographed. Imagine something that makes you naturally laugh or looking at your crush from across the room.

  • If you’re guilty for blinking in photos, close your eyes just before a picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks.

  • To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward, tilting your chin down slightly.

  • If you’re finding that your smile looks wide and goofy, try putting your tongue behind your teeth.

  • When in doubt, always go for your natural look and facial expressions.

  • Get plenty of rest the night before your session. If you show up fatigued and unprepared, your final images will reflect this no matter how talented your photographer is.

5. Practice Makes Perfect

Whether you practice a pose in front of the mirror or use your camera's self-timer, a big part of looking good comes with feeling comfortable. So loosen up, smile, and pretend you love someone snapping your picture.