Smiling too wide on purpose will cause your face to tense up, your eyes to squint, and your cheeks to puff out, which aren’t the benchmarks of an attractive photo. Instead, take a beat to relax your face and open your mouth  slightly, so that your lower lip matches the curve of your upper teeth. This is universally flattering, and allows you to decide how much teeth you want to show. Not a fan of smiling with teeth? Learn to smize (smile with your eyes, for the uninitiated.)

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Apart from these tips, every photographer has one universal advice if you want to look good in photos: enjoy yourself. Lack of confidence comes across. Not wanting to be seen in a photo comes across. Once you realise that it's just a photo and enjoy having your picture taken, without the worry of how you look, you start looking better.

Perhaps a change in article title from “Anyone Can Be Photogenic! How to Pose So You Don’t Look Fat in Photos” to “Anyone Can Be Photogenic! How to Pose So You Look Flattering in Photos” … just a thought :)

If I didn’t look fat in a photo, I wouldn’t look like myself. That would be creepy.

The post is really very nice specially for the plus sized. These are the tips which every plus sized person should try so that they look flattering.

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Do you ever find yourself not knowing how to pose for pictures? Whether you are taking the portrait or posing for it, knowing a few tricks can greatly improve your photographs. Learn how your body angle, camera position, and light can all affect your portraits.

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3. Twist your body and position your arms Ah, the old red carpet trick: Position your body 45 degrees and put the arm closest to the camera on your hip. Then plant one foot slightly in front of the other, point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back leg.

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Not only will this accentuate your collarbone and slim your arms, it will also make you look more polished and put together—and that’s always a good thing. 

Ah, these look like very useful tips — wish I'd known these before my daughter's wedding.. . Like Pseu, I think I'll be practising.

As you’re aware, I’m not a “what I wore today” blogger, but sometimes I post a photo or two of me.  I have to take my own photos as I don’t have anyone else to do so.  So my camera is on a tripod at about my head height (no lower than shoulder height) and I set the timer, run to position and strike a pose.

I have to say, in that "angled body with gaps" pose you look like Emma Peel. Great shot!

Very useful tips, thank you! I like taking pictures straight on to evaluate fit of the garments, but lately I've started taking some "posed" pictures as well because I like them better.


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Lindsey Adler gives her top 5 tips for posing teen girls. I’m heading right into high school senior portrait season, so this is really timely.

9. Avoid direct sunlight. If you’re shooting outside, direct sunlight can make you squint, which can plump up your jawline (try it now—you’ll see.) Instead, late afternoon and early evening are the most flattering times of day for outdoor photos.

One of the main things that I strive for in posing my seniors is to convey movement and fluidity in the image. That doesn't mean that they need to look like they are in motion, but rather just convey that they are a living, breathing, moving person... not a static creature!

In group shots, do the opposite of what short people are advised. Stand at the back of the group and farther away from the camera. Of course, if you want your height to be more pronounced, then it's best to add a frame of reference so people can tell just how tall you are.

Love your post. I have been searching articles like this. What's the best height for camera? Should it angle up or angle down?

Your title is nicer, but doesn’t make for viral fodder

If you stand front on to the camera, arms by your side, legs together you tend to look widest.  If you want to appear narrower from the front create some gaps by moving crossing your thighs over each other and putting your hands on your hips, or crossing your arms across your body.

These are *great* tips! I need to print out this post and practice. Thank you!!

Good article and good resources, thanks for sharing them. Roberto Valenzuela is also a master at posing people so that they are flattered…check him out.

By “real women” I’m generally referring to non-professional models, who know how to pose themselves through training and practice.

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5. How to avoid the double chin Most of us, when a camera comes near us, in a defensive move, pull our head backwards and chin in toward our chest, which of course doubles our double chins.   Remember to push your chin out a little when having your photo taken to stretch your neck and eliminate extra chinage.

The title is perfectly fine. Get over yourself people with nothing better to do than try to make yourself feel superior by suggesting that the title somehow negatively effects your life. Kill yourselves.

7. Sit pretty. Although it’s always preferable to stand in photos, if you happen to be sitting when someone comes at you with a camera, be sure to cross your legs at your ankles—your thighs and calves will look slimmer.

Ask the photographer to count to three before taking the picture. Close your eyes and breathe in. Then, just before the shutter clicks, breathe out, open your eyes and smile. Your face will look relaxed and your smile will be real.

Elaine – I've taken plenty of bad photos too!

Now, just because you're older doesn't mean you have to take stodgy, boring, static photos—you're an active individual just like anyone else . MCP Actions says you convey motion in the shot:

8. Practice good posture. You’ve heard it 1,000 times, but standing up straight really does make a difference. Not only will it elongate you in photos, but it gives you an aura of strength and confidence, which is naturally alluring.

MORE TIPS FOR MY BAG OF TRICKS. Thanks for putting this all together

The title and article is fine. There’s always someone who will pick things to death. Get over it people. You can’t please everyone all the time.

The only way for me not to look fat in pictures is the Liquify Tool ;)