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How to look thinner in pictures! Take off 10 pounds!

Updated on November 13, 2009

The pose - 10 pounds thinner with one picture

The pose
The pose

Take off those 10 extra pounds with simple steps...

Everyone knows those people that "don't take good pictures". Through the last 10 years, I've learned about 5 or 6 tricks to taking a great picture and amazingly THINNER!

This is even before any photo editing's in the stance and angels of the camera. Check out these simple tricks. I'll go by order that I learned them.

  1. This one I learned about 6 years ago. Pull your chest forward and shoulders back. At the same time, suck in your stomach just a little bit. You don't want to seem like you can't breath, do these gently. At first I felt like I was showing off my breast but the pictures showed that when done very discreetly, you look 5 pounds lighter already (and this is just the first one).
  2. Turn partially sideways to the camera, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot. I owe this one to my Amiga, Kristine!! Thanks Kris! This is so amazing that I'll show a picture of the stance.
  3. Your arms need to be doing something unless your one of those blessed women with tight triceps! Place your hands on your hips or hold them slightly away from your body. This will remove the flattening of the fat under your arms and make them appear much thinner in photos.
  4. Elongate your neck a little (we don't want to seem like your searching for something) or pull your head forward slightly to reduce the look of a double chin.
  5. This one is very important, have the "photographer" take the picture from above. If you're a hippy gal, the above angel reduces the enlarging of the hips in pictures. Do not allow pictures to be taken from below (this will add 20 pounds on any women or man!).
  6. Try wearing black (this one is an old one but try a twist on it). Black isn't the only color that makes you look thinner, try wearing all one color; white, black, beige, brown. Stay away from "young" colors (pink) when testing the "all one color" technique.
  7. Wear the same color as the background! This is a fairly new idea and is has mostly been used for portrait photography in the past year or so. You tend to blend and with all the other techniques above, these pictures come out amazing!
  8. Another old but good technique is having a tan. Whether it be spray on or not, a slight tan reduces the appearance of dimples (we all know we have them!) and gives you a more toned look.
  9. The most recent technique I learned on the Tyra banks show was that if you are going to stand facing straight into the camera, pull your butt back or arch your lower back very slightly to reduce the size of the hips and butt. Check out Tyra's “Fabulous Photo Friday” tips for taking great pictures, every time:
  10. Last but not least on my list, is right before the picture, take a deep breath and let it out. Finish with a smile where your teeth part just a little. This will give the photo a nice and relaxed feel!

These are just some techniques that I've learned and shared in the past 6 or 7 years. I have people thank me time and time again when I shoot there pictures and they see how thin and great they look.

The secret is in the pose.

We don't have to be the people that starve ourselves a week before events and get sprayed by professional tanning people and wear gut-sucking spandex to look better in the pictures. Let's stick to how we should pose. The camera supposably adds 10 pounds and I guarantee that the techniques or "secrets" above will take them off again!

Find out why cameras add 10 pounds in this article by Geek Sugar. This is a great article.


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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great tips!

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      mii 5 years ago

      Good information. However -- there is no such word as "supposably."

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      happy 5 years ago

      if you have poses that do the same wonders please please share!! thank you!

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      happy 5 years ago

      I just took some practice self pics and this is so great!! I went from a 8-10 to looking like I was a size 2-4 again! Now if I can just get to looking that way in real life...

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      Ronni G Photography 6 years ago

      Thanks for the useful Insight!

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      Iomoon 6 years ago

      Thanks! My boyfriend keeps on taking pictures of me from below for some reason. I end up leaning too far back to compensate and my head looks huge. XD I'll kindly ask him to change the angle.

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      Nando's 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you More Costen Less, this hub is useful, I've rated up and useful.

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      Andy Gural 7 years ago

      Um, what about losing weight. That works too, ya know.

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      More Costen Less 8 years ago

      Thanks Flightkeeper, Everytime I find another trick, I love to share so more to come. Thanks for being a fan!

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      These are great tips! And I'm definitely using the pose. Thanks More Costen Less.