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    The holiday season is almost here and Christmas parties are going at full steam, we are participating at different functions with work, friends and networkers. Lot of these events have a photographer, or even if they don't - with everyone having a camera in their phone, surely lots of photos will be taken.

    Here are a few DO's and DON'Ts for how to look great on all photos.



    1. Don't pull back, don't pull away from the photographer

    We tend to be intimidated (even if just subconciously) by the camera pointed at us and I see that so much - people pulling away, shrinking from the camera. Few things are going to happen if you do this

    • You will look less confident as if you're hiding and

    • Your doublechin will pop up, even if you don't normally have one!

    2. Don't make yourself shorter

    If you are a tall person amongst shorter people, don't crouch over them and try to make yourself shorter. 

    • You will look less confident as if you're hiding and

    • The pose will be awkward, you will be uncomfortable and look clumsy

    3. Don't push your chin up

    This goes hand in hand with no 1 don't pull back. We think that pushing our chin up will hide the doublechin, when in fact the opposite will happen -

    • Your chin will become the dominant feature on the picture.


    1. Strike a pose

     Stand up straight, push up your chest and suck in that belly! 

    • Hand on your hip

    Women should feel comfortable putting one hand on the hip - it might feel funny at first, like a superstar, but there's a reason they do this!

    Putting a hand on your hip, creates space between your hand and body, making you look slimmer.

    You can watch a video on how to strike a pose here -->

     2. Push your head slightly forward and tilt down

    Yes! Forward and down instead of back and up!

    It might seem counterintuitive at first, but test it in front of a mirror. Photographers say that it's the jawline that makes the picture and that is so true. When pushing your head forward and tilting down 

    • You will hide your doublechin and

    • Look more natural

    3. Do something fun

    Looking at pictures of perfectly posed people can be fun.... or not.

    But the pictures and people we remember is when someone is doing something out of the ordinary on the photo. Wave your hands, do a silly face, act out the situation.

    Now business people might think - this will make me look unprofessional. Well, I guess that depends on the pose you are striking, but more than that you will

    • Stand out from the crowd = be remembered

    • Bring some personality to your business


    As an extra tip here for business owners: if you are at an event with a professional photographer, go have your photo taken and use it later to share with your audience. What will happen is

    • You will personalise the business and distinguish yourself from big faceless companies

    • You will make your business fun and enjoyable 

    • and perhaps most importantly - if you are using professional photos, it will make you look more influential and professional! 


    Happy posing at Christmas and send me through some of your worst and greatest poses!


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