A Woman’s Guide to How to Pose for a Photo

Many women are uncertain about how to pose in a photo. To help you feel more comfortable and confident the next time you are in front of the camera we compiled a list of ways to pose for flattering results.



Warm natural smiles are inviting and communicate that you are friendly and approachable. In order to achieve a natural smile, try avoiding smiling too wide. Smiling too wide on purpose will cause your eyes to squint and your face to tense up. Instead take a moment to relax and smile with your eyes. This creates a naturally attractive smile.


Angle Your Face

Photos taken straight on can make your face appear wider. To create appealing lines, stand at a slight angle while pointing your chin slightly up, or down.


Elongate Your Jawline

To avoid a potential double chin press your tongue to the roof of your mouth while smiling. This funny tip will give you a more defined and attractive jawline.


Stand Up Straight

Good posture will make you look slimmer while portraying confidence. To do this imagine there is a string between your collar bones pulling you up towards the ceiling. This movement will prevent you from rolling your shoulders to far back which can happen when trying to correct your posture.


Angle Your Body

Create appealing lines by turning away from the camera at a 45 degree angle. Then put your weight on your back foot and place the arm closest to the camera on your hip. This movement is very flattering and a go-to for redcarpet poses.


Cross Your Ankles

To make your hips appear narrower and your legs look longer in a full body shot, cross your legs at your ankles. If seated sit up straight and cross your legs at the ankles.


Accentuate the Waist

Another flattering movement for women is to place your hands above your hips and towards the center of your abdomen. This will create the illusion of a narrower waist. To prevent your shoulders from rolling forward in this pose simply push your elbows back.



With all these tips in mind, remember that people tend to look best when they're comfortable. Just relax! 


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