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May 6, 2012

How to Look 10 Pounds Thinner in a Photo

Have you ever wondered why your photographs don't look as good as you expect them to? Well, I do ... all the time. So to help myself and some of you picture-crazy folks, I went in search of the best ways to pose for a photo.


I am not a model, neither do I know any (at least not yet), but while I snooped around, I found out that you can look skinny in a photo... whether its a passport-sized or a red carpet photo. People even say that you can "look 10 pounds thinner." But the secret to taking perfect pictures is actually in the pose.

The first step towards posing in photos is to recognize your mirror as your best friend. Practice in front of it as much as you want and for as long as you like, till you get it right!... As they say, "Fake it Till you Make it!"


The pointers I gathered for the best posing techniques are as follows.

Tip #1: Turn partially sideways to the camera, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot.
Tip #2: Pull head forward slightly to minimize any appearance of a double chin.
Tip #3: Hold arms slightly away from your body. This keeps upper arm flab from flattening out and therefore appearing flabbier (much like thighs do when one sits on a couch).
Tip #4: Pull shoulders back, chest forward and gently suck stomach in. Be careful not to suck stomach so far in that your ribs show, thereby causing those who later see the photo to identify that you are sucking your stomach in.
Tip #5: Try the look away trick. To do this, look away from the camera, then turn towards it, breaking into a smile just before the camera clicks. Your smile will appear fresh, not frozen. This trick takes practice behind closed, locked doors.


When taking a photo it's also important the photographer does not snap the picture from below. This adds another 20-50 pounds to the 10 pounds automatically.

Use objects you are holding to your advantage by placing them in front of parts of you'd prefer to hide like putting a purse in front of your belly or a jacket slung over the shoulder.

It's not just black that makes you look thinner. Wearing an entire outfit of just one color will do the trick as well, whether it be white, beige, brown, blue or red. One-color tends to elongate your figure but avoid entire outfits in pink.


Courtesy: Julyne Derrick, Beauty Guide.