It would appear, at least on the surface, that some people are more photogenic than others. The truth; it really is all about how you pose and smile for the camera. Have you ever wondered how celebrities somehow manage to look great in every photo? Well, you too can learn how to smile for the camera with these 5 simple tricks.
#1: Close Your Eyes - before the photo!
Shut your eyes for at least a second or two and open them slowly just before the photo. This helps your eyes look more alert and will complement your smile. If your eyes don’t reflect your smile, your smile looks more like a grin. Just make sure to open your eyes in time for the photo!
#2: Whiten Your Pearly Whites
All the smiling tips in the world wouldn't help you if your teeth are stained or you feel insecure about your teeth. Consider using teeth whitening products or going in for a cosmetic procedure. Some of these procedures last up to a year so it's a good investment especially if you regularly find yourself at events or where your photos will be taken. Also remember to maintain good dental hygiene including brushing and flossing daily.
#3: Recreate Happy Memories
A fake smile comes through in the photo so the only way to get a genuine smile on demand is to think happy thoughts. Pretend the camera is a loved one you haven’t seen in a long time and smile your happiest smile. Alternatively, think about something that makes you laugh or giggle. If you can give out an actual giggle the better. There is no substitute for a genuine, happy smile.
#4: Take a Deep Breath
Again, you can fake a smile but you will look strange with a plastic smile and a stiff jaw, neck and shoulders. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly and feel your whole body relax. Let go of tension in your shoulders, neck and jaw. Your smile will look more natural this way. Your body says as much as your face does so try to relax before taking the photo.
#5: Practice As Much as You Can
If you are insecure about taking photos, try smiling for the mirror and see how your face looks. Practice your best smile and you will have something you can pull out quickly in an instant. You also feel more confident about your smile and pose with good practice.
You can actually make yourself more photogenic if you feel insecure about taking photos. Practice these tips the next time you are asked to smile for the camera and you'd be surprised at the result.