How To: Look Good in Photos

When the camera’s trained in your direction you’ll be glad to know how to work it like a pro.

  • Story by Photos Jackie Meiring

With Amanda Betts – model scout, confidence coach and talent agent.

When the camera’s trained in your direction you’ll be glad to know how to work it like a pro. Having your poses down pat could be the difference between an album you adore and one that gets banished to your storage cupboard. Practise in front of the mirror before the big day so you know which angles suit your shape, take a photo at your makeup trial to be sure the look shoots well, and remember these key tips:

Stand tall Concentrate on keeping your back straight, as if someone’s pulling you up from the crown of your head.

Soften up Keep your shoulders relaxed and down to avoid looking tense.

Get your tilt on Angle your chin slightly downward – having a shadow between your jaw and neck creates a flattering, defined look.

Shift your weight Even if your legs are hidden by your gown their position can have a big effect on your overall posture. Keep all your weight on one leg, while keeping the other relaxed with a gentle bend in the knee.

Feel the love It doesn’t matter how flawless your makeup looks or how much your dress set you back – if there’s no expression in your eyes your photos will be lacking that best-day-of-your-life spark. When you’re in front of the lens focus on the moment, your happiness and the love you feel for your new husband. The feeling won’t be able to help but present itself in your snaps.

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