How to Look Good in Pictures

Taking pictures with family and friends is a time to create and capture new memories that will last forever. Looking good in the photos you take is your own perception and will depend on your own view of yourself. Making yourself look good in photos is possible with a few posing and body techniques prior to taking the pictures.


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      Reflect on when you plan on taking pictures or having them taken of you. If you are attending an event, think of the type of attire you plan to wear along with how you are going to wear your hair. Preparing for photos ahead of time will allow you to view yourself beforehand and feel comfortable when taking the pictures.

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      Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to keep your skin looking healthy. Washing and exfoliating your skin each night will help your skin have a fresh glow in photos. Get enough sleep each night to keep your eyes from having bags or underlining circles. Avoid drinking too much caffeine or having an excess of alcohol in your diet to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.

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      Find colors that work for you by trying on outfits and various colors in front of a mirror. Choose a color that highlights your favorite features and makes you feel confident -- whether it goes with your eyes or your body's curves. Stick with bright, solid colors to keep the focus on your face, rather than your clothing.

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      Avoid wearing excessive amounts of jewelry or cluttering on your accessories before taking a photo as this will distract from your face. Stay away from mixing and matching patterns or overly bright intricate designs that may be distracting in photos.

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      Practice various smiles in a mirror to find a look that feels comfortable and looks natural on you. Use a body mirror to practice different poses by standing straight with your shoulders arched back (ideal posture) to give yourself a strong and confident presence.

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      Take practice photos using your own camera to view your facial expressions and overall body presentation. Remember to relax and think "natural" when smiling and sharing expression on camera. View your practice photos to find the pose that suits you for the pictures you plan to take.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take a few deep breaths and have a real laugh before taking photos to help look relaxed and natural in your pictures.
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