Tricks and Tips to Look Better in Pictures

tips and tricks to look your best in photos

A little while ago Vanessa wrote a post about getting in more photos with your kids. Vanessa encouraged all moms to forget about looking great, or being too fat, or whatever, and just get in the photos.

I personally have thought about this a lot since the post, and I love the idea, but I still have a hard time not deleting photos where I have a double chin, or I look really wide, or whatever. So if you are at all like me, while we are making more efforts to be in the photos, let’s look at a few tips for how to look a little better in pictures.

Tilt the chin down

Avoid the double chin:

Jut your chin forward, as if you are trying to stick your forehead out, then pull the chin down. This will help you avoid the double chin. It might feel awkward, but it looks great.

Look thin

Look thinner:

Instead of having a frontal shot, turn your body so it is at a 45 degree angle from the camera.

slim the waist

Slim those hips:

Narrow those hips and give yourself a waistline by standing with your feet shoulder width apart, with your weight on your back foot, and then take the front knee and bend it a little.

Make the lips and eyes pop

Play up the eyes and find your lips:

If you only have time for a little primping and want to look good in pictures, make sure your lashes are done, and fill in those brows.  And remember, cameras can cause lips to blend into the face and disappear. Define those lips with a dab of color. (Anne has a great natural color so there is not as much difference pictured above, but for some the difference is huge.) And match your makeup. Make sure your makeup is a perfect match to your skin. If it isn’t, it will show up a lot more in pictures than it does in person.

no cheesey smiles

No more too wide grins:

If you don’t want to have one of those goofy grins, try putting your tongue behind your teeth when you smile.

light backgrounds

Funny skin color:

Try standing in front of a lighter colored backdrop. It will help your camera find the right white balance so you don’t look too pink or yellow.


I hope this helps! I know it is helping me delete fewer pictures. And let’s give a big thanks to Anne for being brave enough to let me post both her good and “bad” photos!




Now for our highlight: Today’s Mother’ May Highlight is dear to me, as it is my awesome sister-in-law Kathy Yerkes.

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She was Nominated by Wendi Allred, and this is what she had to say:

“My sister Kathy is an amazing person!  I will not be able to do her justice with this nomination but I am going to give it a try.

Kathy is a single mother of three amazing children.   Her daughter has Down syndrome and has outlived her life expectancy due to Kathy’s prayers, love, concern and being on the ball with all of her medical needs.

If you are troubled or having a bad day her daughter can make you feel better just by being in the same room with you.

Her oldest son also has Down syndrome and is such a caring and loving person.  He is capable of doing so many things.  In this world of entitled kids her son is always looking for ways to make someone else’s day better.  He loves God and praises Him daily.

Her youngest son has a love for all animals and has learned to care for his animals.  He also has learned to care for his older siblings that may need his help every now and then.  He has gentle heart and is going to do great things in the world.

I know this is a tribute to mothers and I have only told you about Kathy’s children but isn’t that the best tribute you can give a mother, to talk of the qualities of her children.

If I were to ask Kathy what her greatest accomplishments were I am sure that she would say her amazing children, and they truly are amazing.

Kathy, I love you and am amazed with you every time I think about you or see you.  You are a fantastic mother!  Your children are truly blessed by being able to call you Mom.”

I couldn’t agree more. Kathy selflessly adopted 3 kids, and works tirelessly to care for them. They are fun, smart, and well-mannered. And to top it off, she is a teacher, devoting her time to not only her kids but everyone else’s kids too! Let’s give her some virtual props with some comment love.

About Rachael

I am Rachael, I have a passion for all things travel. I have an incurable wanderlust, and a need to see and do. I have four littles that call me "mom" and I am currently wading through the ever changing tides of parenting. I am figuring out what works, and what doesn't. And, I have a passion for food. In fact, I have an entire website dedicated to food I love to eat, cook, and try new things.

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14 Responses to Tricks and Tips to Look Better in Pictures

  1. Robin May 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Kathy is awesome and anyone who knows her would say the same thing.

    • Anne Banks May 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

      Robin, we agree!

  2. Julie May 16, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    I love these hints and tips. What I want to know is, did you visit my blog and think “good grief she needs help” and write this in response!!!
    Your sister in law sound like one of those people that you feel honoured to know – what an inspiration.

    • Anne Banks May 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      Julie, hahahaha. Don’t we all need help looking better in pictures? I’m certainly going to start doing more, since I looked at these pictures. I told Rachael that it was a good thing I didn’t see the pictures before she posted them, or I would have made her re-take them, even the good ones! :-) Thanks for visiting.

  3. Shanice May 16, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    Great post! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    • Anne Banks May 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      Shanice, Thanks for the invite. We will certainly stop by the link party. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Erlene May 18, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    Omgosh these are great tips. I’ve been wanting to take a new blog pics, but I hate the way I look in photos…lol. I’m going to use these to help me take a new photo. Would love if you shared these tips on the Merry Monday Linky Party. It starts tomorrow at 9pm pst and runs till Thursday.

    • Rachael May 18, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

      Oh good, hope they help. And thanks for stopping by!

  5. Kathy May 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Thank you for the tips, I for one, am always at a loss to know how to look good in photos…I find myself running away from cameras these days. :-) Now a Note for Kathy Y. She is AMAZING…she has made me a better woman, just by knowing her…she and her wonderful children have helped me raise my daughters, taught me more about faith and service than anyone I have ever met…Way to show Christ’s Love, My Friend. You are a blessing to me!!!!

    • Rachael May 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

      She is an amazing woman! Thanks for the comment.

  6. Elizabeth May 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    Great tips. It is important to know how to be photographed. I am always avoiding the camera, but maybe these tips will help me gain some confidence. Thanks and have a great week!!

    • Anne Banks May 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

      Elizabeth, they say you will enjoy the pictures as the years go on, but I know I’ll enjoy them more if I feel like I look my best. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.


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