Taking Great Photos This Holiday Season

Tips from the experts



Striking the proper pose for holiday pictures

'Tis the season for party pics -- lots of party pics, After all, what's a party with out a social media post and a Twitter #? In the interest of making sure you look stunning, we've gathered the best tips and tricks from the 435 photography team.


THINK POWERFUL AND CONFIDENT

Pull your shoulders back, straighten that spine and engage those tummy muscles. 

Tip: This is going to feel awkward, but jut your chin forward and tilt it slightly down an inch. It will elongate your neck and prevent even a hint of double chin.


DON'T BE A FOLLOWER

How do you achieve that stellar group shot? Avoid doing all the same pose. Remember those group prom photos standing in height order, Yeah -- no. Instead, be comfortable in your pose without mimicking everyone.

Tip: Don't hide yourself behind someone thinking it will make you look thinner. You'll just get lost in the picture.


PERFECT THAT 45-DEGREE ANGLE

If you stand in profile, both your stomach and your bottom will be photographed. Not that flattering for most of us. Instead, follow these steps to get the right angle and look slimmer.

  • Face your profile completely towards the camera.
  • With the leg closest to the camera, take a step back and point the toes of that leg toward the camera. Your body should naturally turn, creating that perfect 45-degree angle.

Basic rule: Whatever is closest to the camera will appear larger, so use that to your advantage.


GET YOUR HANDS OFF YOUR HIPS

Instead, aim for effortless and natural. For group pictures, interact by putting your hands behind one another's backs. For solo pictures, do something like tucking your hair behind your ear, or pose with something in your hand -- a coffee cup, for example.

Tip:  Crossing your ankles will create the illusion of long legs and popping one should up will also create longer arms. If you've got pockets, use them!


FAKE A LAUGH

Although weird at first, this will get everyone naturally laughing and relaxed, making for some great shots.