The first thing to consider when taking a photo is thinking about what you look like once the flash goes off or once you hear the ‘click’.-Relax, the art of photography is based on the natural being of the human body and capturing it in that moment or realness.
Two important things to remember is learning your angles and also learning how to smile with your eyes.
1.The hand-on-the-hip pose has become an extreme go-to pose since the Hollywood red carpet and since runways became open to household viewing. Think about what kind of photo is being taken and go with the natural flow. The hand on the hip pose can be unflattering if done wrong so always beware. It is always safe to stand up straight (with your best side showing, more than likely the side you feel the most natural turning with) with your shoulders squared with your hands naturally down by your side. The one hand lightly on the hip and one hand down by your side can be flattering as well, but the key is to not grabbing your hip as if it’s helping you stand up and so it does not appear that you have broken your back.
The term “giving good face” has been a term way before Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ and is still very helpful today in the art of photography. Everyone gets ready in front of a mirror and double-takes before they leave the house if a photo is taken if they’re going for a night out on the town so just practice in front of the mirror.
2. Learning how to smile with one’s eyes can be a tricky task if it feels more natural to smile with their mouth open. Smiling “with teeth” is okay if it is in moderation and not too over the top. If your mouth is tired from smiling by the end of taking a group of photos then it is going to across as cheesy. Try centering your eyes and with your lips closed, smile just enough to feel the muscles around your cheek move upward. This will ensure a more sophisticated smile without an over the top “cheese” and avoiding the risk of having “deer in the headlight eyes”. Smiling with your eyes will also accentuate your face without stretching to give wrinkles, as in photos where your mouth and teeth are wide open for the shot.
Hope these tips come in handy when you’re on vacation taking casual photos with family and friends, at a Hollywood premiere, ball at the Met or even at an upcoming MyScoop event!"