Flattering Photo Poses for Perfect Summer Selfies
Posted byBethany Johnson
Nothing says summer fun like candid shots and sun-drenched selfies. Even if you don’t consider yourself Miss Photogenic, chances are you have at least one bestie who lives for the camera. This summer, don’t hide in the background. Get creative with flattering photo poses that will ensure you sparkle in every post.
It All Starts with Your Smile
The secret to a great photo smile is having real fun. Your natural smile when you’re genuinely having a blast is far more flattering than any fake smile. It reaches your eyes and brings energy and confidence to the photo, so enjoy yourself if you want to get a great shot. Enhance your smile even more with a bit of gloss or balm. The shine makes your lips look healthier and more vibrant than a conventional matte.
If you’re not in love with your smile just yet, don’t worry. Take a tip from Tyra Banks and practice the “smize.” That is, the art of smiling with your eyes — no teeth required.
Stand and Deliver
No matter your body type, you can strike a pose that makes the most of your natural assets. If you’re voluptuous, strut your stuff with a sizzling s-curve. Turn your body in a 45-degree angle, step your front foot slightly forward, bending at the knee and pointing your toe. Then, put the hand nearest to the camera on your hip and rotate your shoulders slightly back to center. This highlights your waist and elongates your body so your curves really pop.
To make the most of your décolletage, lean in toward the camera and push your hips and rear back slightly. Anything that is closer to the camera looks bigger so it’s a great way to show off the flattering neckline of your favorite top or dress.
A casual pose that works for every body type starts with good posture. Keeping your shoulders back and your chin up and slightly out elongates your neck, shows off your collar bones and keeps the dreaded double chin from appearing in everyone’s news feed.
Sometimes, there’s no time to think. What if someone screams, “Selfie!” and you know you only have a split second? Simply drop a shoulder — either one — about an inch. The result is a demurely feminine look that flatters every shape.
When it comes to looking good while you lounge, remember that always-available sweet spot: the edge of your seat. It’s natural to slouch or lean back in a chair, but when someone opens a camera app, sit up straight. This helps keep your body in a more flattering position.
Crossing your legs at the ankles (rather than the knees) helps you look long and lean, giving you a chance to work your angles for the best shot. Once you’re sitting up, remember the chin and shoulder tricks for a strikingly picturesque version of you.
No matter which photo pose you choose, remember one word: confidence. Even if you don’t feel naturally confident, adopting confident body language may impact how you view yourself. According to Dr. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist with Harvard Business School, practicing power poses may increase your confidence and comfort level.1
Here’s to a summer of great pictures and even better memories!
1“Does Body Language Impact Confidence?” Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa. November 17, 2015. https://www.biz.uiowa.edu/tippiemba/does-body-language-impact-confidence/
- Posted by Bethany Johnson
- On August 7, 2017