Want to know some really easy ways to look your best in practically EVERY photo? It’s all in the secret of a few posing tricks, and we’ve got it all here for you!
Are you so used to being BEHIND the camera snapping photos of the family that when the opportunity arises for you to be INFRONT of the camera you find yourself standing awkwardly with no idea of what to do with your hands and have an irrational fear of looking like a potato? SAME.
We’ve nailed photographing the kids, now it’s time to nail our own poses. Bonnie Rodriguez Krzywicki makes looking fantastic in photos really easy with these GENIUS photogenic secrets – they’re a complete gamechanger for your confidence, that’s for sure!
13 Tips For Being a Photogenic Superstar
TIP 1: Elongate your body
Sure, you might not have the height of a supermodel, but we’re going to fake it until we make it. Pushing a bare leg forward gives the ILLUSION of leg length. Create even more length by outstretching an arm and holding an item (such as a cup) to shift the eye focus a little. Look at you, legs eleven!
TIP 2: Change up your pose!
It’s easy to fall into the trap of just standing in front of a landmark (or similar) and not having a particularly interesting photo to say I’VE BEEN HERE! You’re already one step ahead of the game by being IN the photo, but change up your pose by sitting closer to the camera, positioning the subject in the background and asking the photographer to take the snap from a lower angle. So cool!
TIP 3: Make your arms appear smaller
SO many of us are self-conscious of our arms. And let me tell you, the “teapot handle” arm position does have merit. It pushes the flesh of your arm out from being pressed flat against your body, making it instantly appear more flattering. Whether you push your arm out just slightly or go full Tetley is up to you – you do you, boo!
TIP 4: Blokes, here’s a top tip for you!
Men can also be really self-conscious in front of the camera, reassure them they’ll look a million bucks with this simple pose. Instead of facing the camera directly, turn ever so slightly and hold your arms at right angles, touching fingertips in front of the belly. This stance really opens up the chest, broadens shoulders and shapes the torso. Perfect!
TIP 5: Break the line!
Break the straight blocky body line of a standing pose by pushing a foot forward and stretching out an arm. Too easy!
TIP 6: Avoid being a blocky square in full-body photos
Step forward with one leg, weight on the back leg, turn or twist your body to the side and add a teapot arm. Practice it in front of a mirror and see the difference for yourself!
TIP 7: Arms, how to make them smaller!
Again, it’s all about the way you hold them! Hold your arm ever so slightly away from your body and presto, less pressure and instantly smaller!
TIP 8: Swimsuit photos
You’re laying by the pool or beach and someone whips out a camera to capture your blissful relaxed self which FREAKS YOU RIGHT OUT? Grab a shirt, remember the #1 tip of elongating the body by stretching out a leg and arm to create a triangle and hold a prop (a cup, a drink, a book or hat). Voila, vacay mode!
TIP 9: Standing couples photo done right
Couples photos can be cringe-worthy. Standing side-by-side isn’t very personal and standing in front of your partner seems weird also. The answer: Channel your full Bold and The Beautiful pose. Turn towards each other and create a triangle between your shoulders (closest to the camera) by raising a hand to rest lightly on his chest. HOT!
TIP 10: Nailing a sitting couples photo
The alternative to a standing pose is a sitting pose for couples – and this one is awesome! Have your partner sit at an angle on a chair, legs splayed. You sit on the floor and lean in, supporting your arm on his leg and knee. It’s perfect for varying levels and looking relaxed.
TIP 11: How not to look like a potato
The potato – it’s a THING – but what is this sorcery?! Again, it’s all about the angles and elongating your body. Legs out and turn, it’s that easy!
TIP 12: Look great in group photos
When it comes to a group photo, don’t stop at a full teapot arm. You want to do a mild teapot arm, twist your torso back slightly and position a leg/knee forward. BAM, done!
TIP 13: Belly hangups be gone
It’s super easy to be hung up about your belly when sitting for your photograph. WE ALL HAVE A BELLY. However, for a flattering photo, instead of sitting towards the camera lens, turn a ¾ turn, sit up straight with your knees together. Elongate your body with a leg forward and cross your hands in front. It’s pretty much a princess sit – beautiful!
With these photogenic tips and simple pose tricks nailed, you’re going to be BEGGING to be in more photos, surely?! For even more amazing photography tips (namely looking amazing in any photo), check out Bonnie’s TikTok channel and Instagram.