Learn how to look like a svelte celebrity in every photo!
Look Slim in Holiday Photos. Maybe you have lost a little weight recently, or perhaps you have arrived at your target weight in time for a special trip. Regardless, everyone wants to look like a celebrity in their photos – slim, confident, beautiful.
Celebrities of course always have a team running around behind them ensuring their makeup is just right and that the clothes fit the occasion. Their photos will be taken by a professional who will make sure they look their best and always strike their most flattering pose. They have so much help that it’s little wonder they always look so flawless!
Most of us don’t have this luxury. So how can we look thinner in photos without investing in an entire entourage?
How to Look Slimmer in your Holiday Snaps
Below are our top tips that we share with clients at the Elite Clinic when they visit us to undertake the Gastric Mind Band Permanent Weight Loss Treatment, Try them out next time you pose for the camera, and you will be surprised how just a little planning can transform any image.
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How to Make sure you “Look Thinner in Photos”
Secret No. 1: Turn partially sideways to the camera, not full frontal, or 90 degrees to the camera. Cross your legs a little, planting one foot in front of the other. It makes your thighs and hips visually slender, also this pose is very elegant. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot. Twisting your body / legs slightly pulls the skin tighter and makes you appear slimmer.
Secret No. 2: Don’t pull your head back, as this makes your chin squish out. If you’re worried about the dreaded double chin, stretch your head away instead. Hold your head forward and bend it downwards a little bit. This way your face will cover the lower part of the chin! This works the other way around as well: if you pull your head in too much, a double chin will appear larger.
Secret No. 3: Hold your 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!). Place your hands on your waist or your hips to create an arch-like pose.
Secret No. 4: Stand up straight, pull your shoulders back, bring your chest forward and gently suck stomach in. Be careful not to suck stomach so far in that your ribs show, which makes it obvious you’re trying to look slimmer in your photos!
Secret No. 5: Remember that the body part that is closest to a camera will seem to be larger than others. Try a classic trick: Marilyn Monroe used to cross her arms on her chest and slightly bend down to photographers to highlight her bust, but not the other parts of her body. If your belly or backside will be closest to a camera, they will get all the attention and will appear to be bigger than they actually are. Try to take camera’s attention to body parts that you feel confident about – this way, no one will notice the things that you would rather hide away.
Secret No. 6: It’s not just black that makes you look thinner. Wearing an entire outfit of just one colour will do the trick as well, whether it be white, beige, brown, blue or red. One colour tends to elongate your figure. Avoid horizontal stripes at all costs, as these will have anything but a slimming effect.
Tips for your partner or chosen photographer
Teach the person behind the lense these tips to make you – the subject – appear thinner in photos.
Use short lighting. Short (or narrow) lighting is when your subject’s face is turned away from the camera, and the lighting is such that the lit side of the face is facing away from you. If you were to use broad lighting, the side closer to you would be lit, and this would make the face look larger.
Use a high lighting ratio. This goes along with the short lighting tip. Keeping your fill light dialled down means that your subject will stay more in shadow on the side opposite the key light. If part of the body is more in shadow, your eyes will tell your brain the person is thinner when you look at the photo.
Use the right lens. Be very careful with those wide-angle lenses. They can produce fun photos sometimes, but they can really pack on the pounds. For best results, use a middle of the road focal length like 55 mm.
Get up high. Elevate your position just a little bit. Try standing on a chair when you take the picture. Your subject will need to look up at you slightly, and in doing so will be stretching out the extra chin a bit, making it disappear behind the real chin. If done right, you usually can’t even tell you’re up high in the final photo. Whatever you do, don’t take any photos from down low if you want your subject to appear slimmer!
Crop out the bad stuff. Before you press the shutter, simply take a second to take note of your subject’s shape. If you have someone who is rather heavy down below, keep the majority of your shots up high to keep any problems areas out of the frame.
Slim the hands. While this may seem like a small detail, making the hands look smaller can have a real impact. Angle your subject’s hands so that you’re seeing the edges of them, not the palms or backs.
Follow the above advice on how to look slimmer in your holiday photos, and you’ll always look your best – even in more candid shots!