A more honest title would be, “Tips to look great most of the time in your photos,” because there will always be that occasional shot where your eyes are closed or you just aren’t in the mood. But with the exception of those moments, this list we’ve pulled together will help you put your best face forward with each snap.

Good posture

To get instant good posture, you should stand as if you are trying to touch the sky with the top of your head. This automatically brings the shoulders back, chest up and straightens the back out. Good posture is a sure way to look great in every photo that you take. One mistake you don’t want to make is to straighten up only to lower your head at the last second so you are the same height as others. I was guilty of doing this for years because I didn’t want to be the tallest girl in the photo. But not now! Stand up tall, ladies, no matter what your height.

Know your best side

Have you tried taking photos standing on the right side and also on the left side of another person? If you haven’t experimented with this, take a few shots and see which side is your best side. You will notice that one side may look totally different than the other side and often looks better in photographs. Give it a go!

Chin up

Be sure to hold your chin up when taking photos. Not only do you appear more confident, you can see more of your gorgeous face! When you pull your chin down it can appear awkward and isn’t flattering

Personal style

Find ways to show your personal style whenever you are in front of the camera. The easiest way to do this is to always be camera ready. Okay, maybe that’s not practical for your lifestyle or even something you care about. But, you can find small ways to be yourself through your clothing and the way you style your hair each day. When your style reflects your personality, your true essence comes through and you will always look your best.

Look above the lens

I learned this tip from a photographer a few years ago. He told me to look slightly above the camera lens instead of directly into the camera. Believe it or not, this gives the appearance that you are looking into the camera more than if you actually do. It’s a really interesting tip that I always use when having photos taken professionally. Be sure to take a few test shots this way if it’s the first time you are attempting this.

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