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Whether you’re in front of the lens or behind it, getting the pose right will make or break your pictures.

Here’s 5 top tips to make sure you (or your subjects) always look their best:

1.The squinch.

Ever wondered why you look like a rabbit caught in car headlights in all your pictures? It’s all down to the eyes. Most people when faced with a camera tend to open their eyes wide believing this will make them look better. Actually what you need to do is apply a little tension to your lower eyelid and slightly squint. This will make your eyes sparkle and make you look engaging and intelligent. If you’re unsure how to do it imagine you’re at the opticians and you’re trying to read the little letters just beyond what you can comfortably manage. That squint there, yep you got it!

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2. The Turtle Neck.

Regardless of whether or not you are carrying a little extra weight, all of us can get a double chin in photos, or at the very least end up with a soft jawline that doesn’t show your features off to their best. By sticking your head forward on your shoulders and towards the camera, you will tighten up the neck muscles and define your jawline better. Remember to stick your whole head forward, not just your forehead or chin otherwise you’ll look like a crazy person!

Anna

3. The Shoulder Twist.

More or less everyone looks better if they are not straight on to the camera. Most compelling photos have diagonal lines that allow the eye to flow around the image so twisting one shoulder towards and one away from the lens will give your image much more dynamism. It will also be very slimming as the distance between your shoulders will be dramatically reduced.

Wes

4. The Tilt.

Using the same cunning in camera magic as the Shoulder Twist, this one will help make you or your subject look nice and slender and will reduce the size of the gut and bum. Basically the camera sees anything closest to it as largest and anything further away as smaller. The effect is simply achieved by leaning in towards the camera. Using a higher camera position on this shot is also very flattering.

Moira

5. Clothing.

What you wear in your photos makes a huge difference. Avoid a lot of fussy stripes or very contrasty or bright patterns that will detract from your subjects face. Remember, unless you’re shooting fashion it’s the person not the outfit that should be the star of the show. Black is slimming but can be too dark on pale complexions, and avoid any colours that clash with skin or hair tones. If wearing fitted clothing make sure that it’s not too tight as even the skinniest of models can easily get love handles if the pose is wrong and the fabric is too tight.

Fay

To learn more about portrait photography why not come to our next 2 day intensive workshop on September 3-4th. Book here.

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