How to look good in photos

This is the time of year when you're most likely to get your picture taken, whether you want to or not.  There are things that you can do to make sure that when you get your photo taken you look as good as possible.  Here's a few tips that I've learned over the years.

1.  Check yourself out in your home mirror.  If possible, take some selfies of yourself.  Take them from different angles and see which one makes you look best.  I've discovered that a front view of me is not the best.  Sometimes it turns out well, if I'm smiling but not the kind of smiling where you pull your head back and look like you have 3 chins.  Profiles of me are good, but not very natural looking.  A side-angle is my best friend.  Many of us aren't blessed with being symmetrical, so often one side looks better than the other.  Find out which of yours does.

2.  Lengthen your neck and stick out your chin slightly.  So often we pull our heads back and get the double-chin, or we slouch and look like wimps.  Look happy!

3.  Make sure you look good before you get to whatever outing you're going to.  Nice make up but not too much, hair looks good, your shirt is flattering, etc.

4.  Don't get snapped when you're totally trashed.  I have a lot of those pictures, and it's rare that someone looks good when they're extremely drunk or high.

5.  If the mood of the photo is supposed to be happy, make sure your eyes smile, too.  The way to do that is to think of something happy or mischievous.  If you've ever watched America's Next Top Model, you know what I'm talking about.  No dead eyes!


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