“I’m curious about how to dress for photos,” writes commenter H, “from head shots to dating app pictures. Your comments about holiday party tops make me think that there are some tricks beyond `blazers look professional.'” There are indeed tricks to looking good in pictures, H, but I only know one or two, so I outsourced this question to my brother Todd, who is a professional photographer (he took this lovely picture of Amy Tan). Todd shared the following, which includes tips on more than just how to dress:
- Unless you are a supermodel, your face is probably at least a little asymmetrical, and we each have a stronger side. Learn which is yours, and turn your head a little bit sideways, leaning into the camera on your best side.
- Create a little space between your upper and lower teeth, even if your mouth is closed; this elongates your jaw a little.
- Don’t smile too wide, because when you do your eyes tend to close. Todd likes to go for what he calls a “five-eighths smile.”
- If you’re taking a group picture, don’t lean in together; it’s too coy. Even in a solo shot, tilting your head can be a bit too cutesy. When you stand up straight, it looks stronger and more direct.
- As far as accessories go, less is more. They distract from you.
- Avoid clothes with tricky collars. Go for clean lines, and avoid prints.
- Everyone looks better in a black turtleneck.
- Avoid wearing anything too light or too bright, as those colors can be distracting.
- To look skinnier, turn slightly sideways, and put your hand on your hip.