(Closed) I always look awkward in pics.. whats your tips?

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1640 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hold your arms slightly away from your body to avoid the smashed fat arm look.

Post # 4
5280 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

you’re adorable!! definitely look away briefly and look back at the camera…i slightly look off from the camera (like not directly into it) but sometimes they make me look aloof lmao!!! as far as double chin goes tilt your head down a bit solves that problem i also sort of tilt my body to the side and have one leg out or at an angle to elongate my gut….


okay so yeah my mom and sister modelled and i picked up some tips so sue me lmao!!!

Post # 6
5280 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@ccrane: you’re adorable though, i’ve seen your picture on your blog!

Post # 8
3856 posts
Honey bee

OMW Charis, I am exactly the same way! I love how I look in the mirror, but most pictures I end up with lumps and bumps and weird open mouth….. 🙁 sad panda if my wedding pics are that way!

We’re really investing in a good photographer for the wedding for exactly this reason! (Well, I told J it’s because the photos are the only lasting part of the wedding, and that’s also kind of why we’re spending so much on her.)

One thing I am planning on is doing an engagement shoot with our photographer, and ahead of time being really honest with her about how unphotogenic I feel most of the time. The engagement shoot will act like a sort of trial run – she’ll get to practice getting good angles and moments etc of me, and I’ll get to practice not staring at the camera with deer-in-the-headlights fear the entire time she’s around. 🙂 Plus I’m hoping she can help with stuff like posing when we’re doing formal pictures. 🙂

Post # 9
1884 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

another tip, and it sounds obvious, but stand/sit/kneel TALL no slouching, you can make yourself look 5 times slimmer just by standing tall (but you don’t want to look stiff, so start practicing now) *note:  I am terrible at this and I slouch constantly… it’s disguisting actually*

second tip, and this is going to sound weird, elongate your neck, pretend there is a string at the crown of your head pulling it up.  And if you have a small chin (I do) stick your chin out, you’ll feel a little like a turtle, but it will get rid of any double chin (especially if the photographer is slightly above you).  But your photographer should do alot of the work.

And I read a wedding blog that the girl in lot of her pictures was biting her lip (it’s a nervous habit) she didn’t HATE the pictures because she realized that it’s her, but if she had been aware BEFORE the wedding she would have made a concious effort not to for pictures sake.  I lick my lips when I concentrate, so thats something I’ll have to think about. And having my hands on/around my face. lol

good luck!

Post # 10
8375 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I mentioned this to my photographer and she was conscious about asking me to tilt and lift my head towards the camera.

Also, apparently if you touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth, that is a tip, too.

And i really notice it if someone shorter than me is taking a picture. It just isn’t flattering to have the angle go “up” towards your face, versus slightly down.

Also, look at how to angle your body and arms. I have a friend who’s a pro cheerleader and she “coached” me for a little bit before my boudoir shoots about how the models are specifically told to move that way not b/c it’s “sexy” but because it’s how they look the skinniest.

Post # 11
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Practice, practice, practice! Miss Sewing showed some angles that tend to work well to hide common problems, and I found time during an engagement shoot to be amazingly helpful (I only needed to see two shots of me doing my stupid “surprised” face in the gallery to know I am NEVER making that face with a camera around again!).

Post # 12
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have the same problem but i’m enlisting friends to just take pics of me to practice my “look” before the wedding.  I always look either like a deer caught in headlights or as in oops i did it. lol

Post # 13
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

watch top model Tyra has some great tips

Post # 14
1028 posts
Bumble bee

Eeeekkkk!  I need these tips too!  I’m NOT photogenic and am worried about how my pics are going to turn out!  Thankfully we’re doing an e-session with my photog (who is awesome) to help work the kinks out.

Post # 15
8 posts

Ok, so I just want to point out a few things coming from the other end of the camera!

First of all, very few people look good in posed point and shoot camera photos.

Secondly, and I cannot stress this more, it is your photographer’s responsibility, job, and hopefully goal, to make you look as beautiful as possible!

As long as you and your husband (or fiance) are relaxed and happy…you should have beautiful portraits!

Maybe your best look isn’t a smile straight into the camera, but you cant go wrong catching a natural laugh, embracing/kissing your husband, or just interacting together in general…

Remember, we generally NEVER have photographers following us around all day trying to catch our best angle, or a beautiful moment…

So my best advice to anyone who thinks they are not photogenic, is to create a rapport with your photographer, relax, and enjoy your day!

The rest will come naturally!!


Post # 16
3793 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My best tips are chin down, eyes up and angles, angles, angles!  Never stand head on and stare straight at the camera.  Don’t worry about what your face is doing.  It will take care of itself if you are doing chin down, eyes up!

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