It happened: online dating is the new normal, everyone. We’ve reach an age where more people meet dates online than off. This is a statistic I just made up, because I really want to believe it. Seriously, though, based on personal anecdotes alone, I have so many more stories of people meeting online than off. So it’s always good to have a nice photo of yourself at the ready. Even Linkedin wants to see your smiling face.
And anyway, it seems that everywhere you go, somewhere someone’s gonna take your photo. There’s the phone, of course, which is a gateway to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, among so many others. There’s parties and events, where photo booths are super popular. And there’s Splash Mountain. And Space Mountain. AND SO MANY MOUNTAINS.
I’ve got some tips on how to look your best in photos. And by the way, “looking your best” does not mean “looking super thin” because I’m sick of trying to hide fat like it’s a disease. I’ve gained some weight, it’s not leprosy.
For photos in which smiling is most appropriate, think of the funniest memory you have. For me, it’s when I threw something over at my brother and he accidentally caught it with his butt. Every time I think of that, I get the giggles. The best smile is a true smile. So think of something that makes you giggle.
This is for photos where you need to look serious, or not smile (for headshots, or a solemn family portrait). For this, think of spelling a really long, hard word in your head. You’ll get that perfect “far away” look. “What’s she thinking?” we’ll all wonder. That bitch Mona Lisa is gonna be so jealous!
This is something you do before and during the photo-taking. If your favorite feature is your big eyes, rim those babies with dark eyeliner and open them up with an eyelash curler and mascara. Then, right before the photo is taken, shut them tightly and open them. Not too wide, or you’ll look frightened, unless you’re on one of those Mountains and that’s what you’re going for. If you love your legs, wear a short dress. For the photo-taking, put your hands on your hips, and show those babies off. Do not feel bashful or ashamed for liking something about your body. I’ll repeat: DO NOT FEEL BASHFUL OR ASHAMED FOR LIKING SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR BODY.
I’m repeating it yet again: DO NOT FEEL BASHFUL OR ASHAMED FOR LIKING SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR BODY. We make so much fun of girls who make duck face, but they’ve got confidence and they don’t give a fuck how they look. Yeah, duck face is the wrong approach, but God bless them for having the gumption. If you look best with your head tilted down and shoulders back, then tilt your head down and put your shoulders back, unapologetically. You have every right to look good in a photo.
Proper posture can make all the difference. Shoulders back, hips tilted slightly forward, and tighten your abs (imaging you’re pulling them towards your belly button — you’re not sucking it in, you’re pulling back, and there is a difference). This isn’t about looking thin, this is about not looking hunched over. Unless you were born that way in which case, POWER TO YOU!
What tips do YOU have for looking your best in photos?
Photo by Nina Leen via LIFE photo archives for Google.
Almie Rose is a writer from Los Angeles. She has a blog, Apocalypstick. In addition to Dating & Hookup she also writes for Hello Giggles, The Frisky, Thought Catalog, and Genlux Magazine. Her book, I Forgot To Be Famous, is out now. You can follow her on twitter @apocalypstick. Her favorite pastime is eating and drinking and sleeping and then eating again.
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