13 Tricks to Looking More Photogenic

Every time I open up Instagram, I see a perfectly positioned model or influencer showing off their outfit. Without fail, I assume the seemingly perfect photo was effortless to capture. I always take it for granted that the person in the photo is naturally photogenic (and that if I'm not naturally photogenic, I'd never be able to pull off the same photo). But guess what: That couldn't be further from the truth. Anyone who frequently has their photo taken just knows what works for them, mostly from trial and error.

For Instagram's director of fashion partnerships, Eva Chen, it's her baby giraffe pose, while the Barbie feet pose is a favorite among celebs and models everywhere. It's no big secret how to produce an amazing outfit photo; it just comes down to knowing your angles.

Obviously, everyone has a different angle that works best for them, but try the following tips and you'll realize that the perfect outfit photo is just a matter of strategy. From paying attention to camera angles to strategically positioning your body, we're sharing our top tricks to never worrying about how to look more photogenic again. If you're ready to up your Instagram game, look no further.

Avoid a Low Angle



Lower angles, while sometimes a cool option, are typically harder to execute well. Position your camera slightly above your eye line. Generally speaking, the higher the camera angle, the better the photo.

Put Your Hand on Your Hip



Any time your arm is slightly away from the rest of your body, it adds interest to the pose.

Sit Up or Stand Up Straight



Paying attention to your posture when taking pictures can make the world of a difference. Hunched shoulders and slumped spines will not elongate your figure. Instead, push your shoulders back stick your back end out slightly. It might seem silly to dramatize good posture, but we promise it will come across well on camera.

Avoid Bulky Clothing



Obviously, you should wear whatever you like and show off your unique style in photos, but bulky clothing tends to distract from the best part of the photo: you! Lightweight, thin fabrics, like silk, are great options for photos.  

Slightly Twist Your Body to the Side



Again, posing in a unique way adds interest to the photo. Fully to the side or even at an angle both work.

Wear Dark Clothing



You don't have to wear bright colors to make your photo stand out. Case in point: Chrissy Rutherford's dark-wash denim jumpsuit and black booties.

Add a Filter



Going for a darker Instagram filter, like X-Pro II or Mayfair, and adjusting the exposure and light filters can make for a more photogenic image.

Keep Your Chin Up and Out



This trick will elongate your neck and help to avoid any unflattering chin angles. 

Pull Your Shoulders Back



Not only will this accentuate your collarbone, but it will also make you look more polished and put-together (if that's what you're going for).

Cross Your Ankles



This pose works no matter what you're wearing, but it's especially useful when sitting in a skirt or dress to, again, add interest to the pose.

Don't Tightly Press Your Arms to Your Body



Keep your arms slightly away from your body for a better shot. Either put your hand on your hip, brush your hand through your hair, or try keeping your elbow slightly out.

Avoid Standing on the End



If you’re taking a group picture, try to stand in the middle. Pop a leg out and put your hand on your hip for extra points.

Experiment With Selfies to Find Your Best Angle



No shame here—it’s all about finding what looks best for you. A little trial and error will help you find your best angle in photos so you know exactly how to stand to create the best image.

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This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. With these insider tricks in mind, go ahead and show off to all your Instagram followers.