Look Better in Photos

6 Tips to Look Better in Photos

This month is my Blogging Anniversary. It’s been quite the journey and I thought I would share the lessons I learned from my first year blogging that are applicable to EVERYONE, bloggers or not. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today, I am sharing 5 tips to look better in photos.

Blogging requires being in front of the camera. I felt like that might kill me for the first few months. Seriously horrifying! For a good deal of my life, I hid from the camera because I hated myself in pictures. Christmas cards just had my kids solo and travel photos would be of everyone else. Why? Stupid reasons like I looked fat or didn’t like my outfit.

There is so much misinformation out there about photos. At girls night out, some crazy advice gets passed around like push your tongue on the roof of your mouth, stick your neck forward like a turkey to eliminate a double chin, etc… So here are some real tips I have learned to look better in photos that will truly make a difference.

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5 Tips to Look Better in Photos

1. Face the light source in a photo. 

There is no pose you can do that will make you look prettier than amazing light. Inside, get close to and face the window and avoid being under a light fixture. Outside, face the light source unless it is really sunny. A shady spot is usually best. Photos with the sun directly overhead can make ugly shadows.

2. Take photos at the right time of day.

Avoid that picture with a gorgeous view in the background but you end up being so dark because the lighting is behind you. Do your sightseeing in the morning or early evening to have great light and avoid the crowds.

3. Whatever is closest to the camera will look the biggest. 

When the camera is higher, it has a slimming effect. If you push your butt back away from the camera, your hips and thighs will look slimmer. In a group photo, the person closest to the camera will look bigger. Moms  – if everyone in your family is bigger than you, stand in front so you’re not downed out. If you have little kids, put them in front.

4. Know you own personal best angles. 

Look through old photos and see if there are any commonalities in the photos you like or don’t like of yourself. When you take photos, try different things to see what’s best. There is no one size fits all to look best in a photo.

5. Watch your posture and try to look relaxed. 

Drop your shoulders and let your body look relaxed even if it doesn’t feel comfortable. Try not to be stiff. Generally posture that is elongating from head to toe is flattering, while posture that expands you from side to side, is not.

6. Learn to Pose Better

Taking photos can be so awkward but if you learn some basic poses, you can add so much peace to your life. It doesn’t need to be painful. Here’s an awesome video on posing for photos.

Bonus tips

  1. Use your cell phone in selfie mode (you don’t have to take a picture), look at the screen while you turn around slowly in a circle to find the best light on your face. You will easily see the direction you should be taking the photo.
  2. Take a test photo or two and make adjustments in your positioning.

Hope these 6 tips to look better in photos help you in your everyday life or on your next trip. Thanks for reading The Evolista. Your support and encouragement means so much to me. If you have any photo questions or ideas for blog posts you would like to see, please let me know in the comments below.

We all know that the camera can add 5-10 pounds but you can fix that by using an angle that slims you down.


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  • Reply
    Vicki Rutwind
    October 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    These are great tips! I really want to spend some time this month working on my posing. I find i hard not to look stiff sometimes and I use the same poses over and over again!!

    • Reply
      October 8, 2018 at 2:46 am

      I feel the same way. I’ve seen a few great videos that I’m trying to incorporate ๐Ÿ™‚

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    October 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Haha I always use that selfie mode trick because lighting is sooo key!!

    • Reply
      October 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      It works so well!! Love it!

  • Reply
    October 3, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you for your helpful tips! Happy Anniversary.

    • Reply
      October 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Katya!

  • Reply
    September 30, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    These are all really great tips! When I started blogging being in photos was the hardest part since I felt so awkward. I never really thought about how what’s closest to the camera will look the biggest, so that’s something I’ll be keeping in mind now. Also happy blogging anniversary!

    x Kara

    • Reply
      October 3, 2018 at 1:56 am

      Thanks for reading Kara. I felt the same way about photos when I started. Glad you found something helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    September 27, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Yessss! Haha love all these tips! and they work!! You look amazing. Asha xo

    • Reply
      September 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you Asha!

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    September 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Love the tips doll! Happy Anniversary ๐Ÿ’—

    • Reply
      September 27, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks so much!

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    Emily Martinez
    September 25, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Congrats! Such a big accomplishment! Glad to have “met” you on this blogging journey!

    • Reply
      September 25, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      Thank Emily! One of the best parts of this past year was meeting so many great women like you. Hope we both have an interesting next year!!

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    Lori Murphy
    September 25, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the great tips.
    I love your Instagram feed btw.
    You have such great style and always look like a goddess but you seem so humble in every photo.

    • Reply
      September 25, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      You are so sweet! Thanks for the compliment and following me on Instagram. I truly appreciate it!

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    September 25, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! Very useful tips, I’m struggling sometimes to take good pictures. Sometimes it takes me about 30 shots and only one is good enough to use lol.

    xx Simone

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      September 25, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      I love your photos. You always look beautiful. I cut down on the number of shots by doing a few test shots, looking at it and trying to figure out what looks best. That being said, it’s always better to have more to choose from.

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    September 25, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Lovely tips! I love how with time you become more used to the camera and start knowing your best angles.

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      September 25, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you Radi! It’s definitely something that gets better with practice. I wish I knew more of this years ago and I wouldn’t have hid from the camera so much. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    September 25, 2018 at 1:04 am

    I love these tips – especially knowing your angles. I feel like that is something that really comes with practice. Thanks for sharing!
    Xo, Ashley

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      September 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you Ashley! I think we just get better and better at knowing what works for us.

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    Amanda Vaughn
    September 24, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you so much for the tips! I am still uncomfortable taking photos. I went for years without taking photos for the same reasons you did. I struggle with lightning the most. I loved your selfie mode tip!

    • Reply
      September 24, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      So glad you liked it. Using your cell phone as a light finder is the easiest way to get great light.

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    September 24, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Great tips for looking good in photos. So helpful for anyone taking pictures!

    • Reply
      September 24, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you. I think anything that helps people feel comfortable taking photos definitely makes a lot of situations better ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    September 24, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Happy Blogversary! I am loving your tips. Testing out different angles and timing is so important. You look amazing in all your pics.

    • Reply
      September 24, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it. xx

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