Not Photogenic? - JJPhotographyAustin

Do you dread having your picture taken? Do you run for cover whenever the camera comes out? What’s the deal with this picture thing? Being photogenic just comes naturally to some and not so natural for others. That is okay – you are not alone! Our job is to make people feel comfortable. We are “people” photographers. It’s what we do! But a few extra tips wouldn’t hurt. Being photogenic is about awareness of how to put your best face forward, and knowing how to express yourself in the camera. Here are some techniques, including applying your knowledge of the best backgrounds, lighting, and positioning for a good photo.

Your Clothes.

Even if you’re not being photographed, knowing how to present yourself in a way that complements your look is important.

Clothing style and color will impact the photogenic appeal and your overall confidence.

Select the right clothes. Color matters! Patterns can overwhelm you in a photo, horizontal stripes can make you appear wide.  Solids and neutrals work best. Wear clothes with colors that suit you. Certain colors complement certain skin tones, while others tend to bring out the worst. I look very bad in cream colors so I do not put them on even if I like the outfit! You may have a feel for which colors you look best in, but if not, check out Jean Lefebvre she can help! Or do some research on colors that suit your complexion and work it out through trial-and-error.

Your complexion. T

There is a lot you can buy in the way of appearance when fixing up common complexion problems that will make a difference in photos.

Hide your blemishes: The good thing is that you can easily hide certain features you don’t like. Be careful with makeup tones: makeup colors appear more intense in photos.

Keep the shine down: It is so important to keep the shine down.

Use makeup to cover redness in the face, the red will be one of the first things to show in a photo.

Brush your hair into place. But do not let it look slicked-down.

Work the Angles.

Camerawork isn’t all a mystery: people who are photographed for a living are aware of which angles and poses work best for them, and they ensure that this is what they present to the camera most times. In addition, there are a few “model’s tricks” you can use to your advantage:

Determine your best angle.

When you ge t a good photograph of you look at it and see what you did and the angle for your face so you can do it again. Finding the right one can be challenging. Experiment using a digital camera so you see the results of each pose immediately. It will very quickly become obvious which angles are most flattering for you.

A classic pose is: arrange your body three quarters toward the camera with one foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the camera than the other. People tend to present a square angle front-on to the camera. If you turn your head slightly to the side and look straight ahead, it will look batter in most cases

If sitting, slightly angle yourself.

Lean the shoulder that is closer to the camera slightly toward the camera; it adds interest, improves facial definition and helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, flabby skin and helps hide a double chin.

Your posture.

Not only does this matter for photos but also daily good posture makes everything easier in life, including your confidence! Good posture can dramatically improve your appearance in pictures. Breath… relax your shoulders. If you usually have bad posture, it may be difficult to stand up straight and not look stiff, so practice this in the mirror, and work toward improving your posture for the long term.


The more comfortable and relaxed you are, the better the photo will turn out. Have fun with pictures.

Don’t hold your breath or you will appear as though you’re tense.

Think of something that genuinely makes you smile. This is called your “smile thought”. Use it right before the picture is snapped.

If you are at a social event just ignore the camera