Want to look great anytime you are having your picture taken? Here are a couple of things that you can do to always look sensational whether it's a snap shot or working with a professional photographer like me. These little tips will make a huge difference and you can actually look in the mirror and see for yourself!
First - don't lean back - the camera will not hurt you! Well it might add additional visual weight to you if you lean back, and that might hurt. Instead, what you want to do is always push your face slightly forward. Why? Well, this is a science thing dealing with optics - anything closer to the camera, even a few inches, will appear larger and conversely anything slightly further away will look smaller. Generally we want the face and eyes to look larger and the rest of the body to look smaller, unless you know someone with a "Big Head" then have them lean back! No - don't do that! - So small heads on large bodies just doesn't look right! Plus there is the whole double chin thing that can happen when you lean your head back - don't believe me go look in the mirror and pull your head back and look at your neck. Then push your forehead forward and watch those double chins disappear - Magic and no photoshop required! You're welcome!!
Second, Look to the light! What does this mean? Find where the major source of light is coming from when your having your picture taken and turn your head slightly towards it! You'll take visual weight off your face! Now if you look away from it, well the opposite happens and we don't want that to happen to you! Of course, we all know that when light comes straight at us it's flat and without personality and character and that's ok for snapshots and selfies. Don't worry if you don't get this concept - I DO and that's why you need to come see a professional like me for those really important portrait opportunities! I will adjust your pose so you "look to the light" to make you look your best. You can count on me to get that right for you and one less thing on your check list to have to worry about!
I hope these little tips help you look better in the every day picture opportunities you find yourself in, and remember me for the really important ones!