5 Tips for Looking Great in Photos
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.
Do You Enjoy Having Your Photo Taken?
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