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How To Look Skinny in Photos

December 14, 2013 3 min read

Recently we posted an article on the blog about the insecurities we feel when we deem ourselves "too fat to be photographed."  Arguably the power of photos is rather potent, but not in the ways you would deem. Photographs have remained one of the most powerful tools and coveted possessions since their invention. When a person is asked what couple of items would they grab in a fire the answer is almost always "photographs."  Photographs offer us a one of the best ways to maintain memories and are irreplaceable. Unless every single one you have taken is up on Facebook.
It is no surprise that having ten pounds added on by the camera deters so many from wanting to have photographs taken. So often what we really hate about getting our photos taken is the way we perceive ourselves in the picture and not on what others will think. We are far more critical of ourselves than others are of us.
Style Caster recently posted an article entitled "How to Look Skinny in Pictures: 12 Useful Tips."  Aside from the fact that looking skinny in photos really isn't viable for a lot of people. A better title would have been "How to Pose in Photographs for Your Best Look"-much more achievable.
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Style Caster's 12 tips include, dressing your best which is a tip I agree with. Dressing in clothes that flatter whatever body type you may have goes a long way. Get photographed straight on instead of from a downward angle. Again your best shots will come this way. The article goes on to talk about putting your hand on your hip, sticking your chin out, making your hair "not too severe", turning slightly from the camera, and lastly 'don't yell cheese because it's lame.'
Aside from one or two tips about angling your hips and shoulders away from higher camera the whole article is a load of B.S.  For the most part the article is also more geared towards preparing for professional photos.  There is no way to "look skinny" if you are not. There is however a way to look fabulous in your own body in photos.
Let's turn to that: Peta Pixel's article "Dear Model: Posing Tips for How to Look Your Best in Photographs." It's a fictitious model writing to another fictitious newbie model on tips for posing. While many of these are geared towards professional models many can be used by those of us who aren't models!
1. The mirror is your best friend, workout what poses you'd like to use and remember that whatever is closest to the camera will be the largest in the picture.
2.Create Space between Limbs: instead of plastering your arms by your side lift them out a bit, it creates an optical illusion for a slimmer appearance in terms of overall width. Now this is a worthwhile tip!
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3. Understand Lighting: Now you don't have to be a professional to use this one, just one, just be aware of where you are placing your arms and how you are angling your face. Ask your photographer where your best light is and work towards it.
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4. Elongate Your Neck: this one is a great trick, stand in front of a mirror and roll your shoulders back and bring your face forward. It's a great instant slimming trick.
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5. Creating a False Waist: If you have natural curves hurray for you. For others who have either a pencil thin body or more around the middle than they would like this trick adds exactly what you want. The S figure. Position your hands on your waist and then pop your hip out and bend one leg slightly in front of the other to add definition to the S.
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Having photographs taken is always a slightly scary ordeal but it truly doesn't have to be and you do not have to sacrifice family photos because you fear the way you look. And while it is impossible to "look skinny" in photos if you aren't, it is possible to look amazing.

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