Work it Girl!

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According to PhotoBox: “We’re a nation of serious snappers but our recent survey of 1,000 women aged 18-65, reveals that we’re not always fans of being in these photos”.

How very true! Virtually every woman I have ever photographed (and there must have been at least 10,000) has told me they hate every photo they’ve ever had of themselves!

And my answer to them is that they just haven’t been photographed in the right way before.

If you know how to find flattering light, position yourself well, and have the confidence to believe you CAN look good in a photo – then I promise you, you can!

Just look at all the profile photos on Facebook – the younger generation certainly know how to look their best!

I’ve recently made a Top Tips video for PhotoBox to show you how. I hope it will inspire you to change the way you feel about having your own photos taken – and if you already like being photographed – then you’ll learn how to look even better!

5 extra tips for looking good on a photo

  1. Look up at the camera, or ask the photographer to shoot down on you, rather than at eye level – your eyes will look bigger and your jawline slimmer.
  2. Don’t face straight on to the camera, this will make you appear wider – stand like a relaxed version of a beauty queen! Slightly sideways on to the camera, closest leg to camera should be forward, and toe turned out. Shoulders turned back slightly.
  3. Full length shots look better lying down. Lie on your side with your elbow supporting your head, or leaning on it. Cross the top leg slightly over the other and bring the knee almost to the floor, creating an S shape. Bring your other arm across your body and rest elbow and forearm on the floor. Stretch up and hold your tummy in, but relax your shoulders at the same time.
  4. Or lie on your tummy facing the camera, but turn your body slightly sideways, bend your knees and cross your ankles.
  5. Avoid double chins! Stick your chin down, then out forward to create a tighter jawline – works every time!
Left: Looking up at the camera makes your eyes look bigger. Centre: Lying down in an "S" shape makes a full length shot much more flattering. Right: Standing in a relaxed "beauty queen" position creates a great body shape.

Left: Looking up at the camera makes your eyes look bigger. Centre: Lying down in an “S” shape makes a full length shot much more flattering. Right: Standing in a relaxed “beauty queen” position creates a great body shape.

Annabel x


Video & editing: Bradley TV
Producer: Kelly Beighton
Director: Paul Morricone
Camera: Aidan Metcalfe / Matt O’Brien