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5 Tips for Looking Great in Photos

Updated on June 10, 2018
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I'm a thirty-something writer who lives in downtown Toronto. I've been an online writer for over seven years, focusing on health trends.

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Nothing can prepare you for the photos you deemed acceptable to post to social media while drunk. We've all experienced the knot in our stomach as your Insta-story or scroll through the Facebook album from the night before. The only thing worse is a friend posting truly unflattering photos to Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook.

You begin questioning things about yourself as you scroll. Do I really have that many chins? What was I doing with my hair? How much did I drink? Who is that guy? Why is my skin in shambles? Your life comes to a screeching halt as you make the ultimate decision to stay inside and eat take-out like the bridge troll you've become. Netflix is your only friend in this world now – everyone else is dead to you.

We can all hope Mark Zuckerberg creates the "delete from existence" feature but until then, my fellow unphotogenic friend, here are some tips to achieve Instagram model status.


The Head Tilt

If someone is taking your photo head on try to tilting your head down a bit and looking up at the camera. Or try to have the photographer take the photo from slightly higher than eye level. This will eliminate any chance of a double chin as you will not be inclined to lean your head back – think DMV photo.

Make sure not to tilt your head too far down or you'll look injured.


Over the Shoulder

If someone is taking a photo from behind you or an awkward side angle, try to position yourself with one shoulder raised half inch over your chin. This again eliminates the double chin effect too much flash at close range can cause. A smile with your lips pressed firmly together can be the best to finish this photo off well.

This is usually only good if you're in the forefront of the photo but does not work in a group shot – don't be that person vogueing in a group photo, it's weird.

The Group Shot

The group shot is the worst for the very tall or the very short. One undoubtedly will find themself crouching to be on the same level as their shorter friends or will appear to be the kid sibling along for the ride. The tall should try sitting in the front of the photo and the short try to stand next to someone of similar height – both should avoid the forefront of the photo.

If you are self-conscious about any part of your body try to remember everyone is beautiful and has insecurities. Our insecurities set us apart from others and can be our greatest most humanizing piece.


The Friend Photo

There will come a point in everyone's night where we mash cheeks with our best friend and take approximately 362 selfies. There is a slim chance any of them will be good photos – you both will look equally as drunk, unattractive, and exhausted. It's best to share these with your bestie knowing they'll love them just as much as you do.

Want to know how to make these photos better? Take them earlier in the night when you both have a decerning eye and not in the bathroom of the fast food restaurant you both stumbled into.

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The Lonely Photo

We all have these weird photos our parents made us pose for at graduation ceremonies, weddings and milestone religious events. These photos range from depicting someone whose happiness edges on deranged or someone who you'd only see on the news. Our loving parents hang them in the house for guests and future romantic partners viewing pleasure. There is one thing you can do to make these photos better?

Hide the camera.

You've played second fiddle to your gorgeous photogenic friends enough in your life, it's time to show them up – with a little help from a well-placed head tilt.

© 2011 Stu


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    • Escape2Paradise profile image


      9 years ago from Bangkok Thailand

      Great one! Love those pics lol funny tho :)

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      9 years ago

      Lolls.Really enjoyd reading and imagining my old pics.

      Thanks for sharing it.

    • Hanz16 profile image


      9 years ago from Olongapo City, Zambales (Philippines)

      thanks a lot for the info! helps a lot! :)

    • janikon profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      @Simone Smith ugh, I hate when something hilarious happens and everyones put away their cameras or phones. I often strike weird poses and facial expressions, if you look odd in the photo at least you can say, "that's what I was going for" :)

      @hisandhers this is not possible.

      @LCaverson I'm that guy in the photos but I hope these tips help you to show up your annoying photogenic friends. Thanks for the read!

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      Leslie Caverson 

      9 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA.

      You must know me? Because I am that girl in every picture I take. =) So thank you!

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      9 years ago

      Or you could just stop taking photos of me- that could be a solution. :)


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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa, this is great! My approach: Just ALWAYS strike a weird pose and weird facial expression. Eventually, folks stop trying to snap photos altogether... and when they do, something hilarious always results.

    • janikon profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      @RNMSN thanks! I'm happy you enjoyed it - I'm always appreciative of hublove!

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      Barbara Bethard 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Az

      this is wonderful!! I had to read bits out loud to hubby and daughter!! thank you for a great read!


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