Hey you! Yes you. You consider yourself a marginally attractive person, don’t you? Have you ever caught a particularly heinous photo of yourself and wondered, “Ew, when did I get so ugly? Where have I gone wrong?”
Related question: Have you ever seen a photo of someone on the Internet or in a magazine, and thought, “Oh my gosh, she is so pretty…why do I have to look like such a deformed mouse when I have my picture taken?”
Wait, last one: Have you ever known a person who just photographs well? Like, all of the time? Without fail you’re like, “Dang girl, you have got this figured out!”??
I do. This friend of mine, she is what you would call The Photogenic.
Ah yes, The Photogenic. A subspecies of human I am entirely fascinated with. Tell me, do you think photogenic-ness is something that can be learned? Or is it an inherent trait? An either-you-got-it-or-you-don’t type of deal?
Well, it could be said “who cares?” Maybe looking good in photos is the least important thing in the world, and yes, that is most likely correct. However, in this day and age, when having your photo taken has become as commonplace as going to lunch with girlfriends, and when having that unattractive photo posted all over Facebook for all of your exes to see and feel smug over is pretty much guaranteed . . . well, learning how to look your best in photos becomes almost as important as finding the right shade of foundation for your skin tone, or mastering the perfect eyeliner application for your eye shape.
The fact of the matter is photography is a matter of light and angles. And faces (bodies too, for that matter) are made up of a whole lot of angles and shadows. Maybe mastering our angles is something we should all learn to do, along with knowing our colors and whether or not we look ridiculous in flat sneakers or something. Bear with me here.
I did some research and it turns out, holy yes, teaching yourself to be photogenic is entirely possible. Let’s learn this together!
And so I present to you a slideshow of tips for how you, yes you!, can learn to be photogenic. I’ve set it to some truly amazing photos from the Pretty Girls Making Ugly Faces page on Pleated-Jeans.com. Because if it fails and you don’t come away miraculously more photogenic, you’ll at least get to see a seriously life-affirming collection of photos. Because all of us, every last one of us, even the Queen Beyonce herself, has the ability to look positively hideous in photos. And doesn’t that make you feel better about things?
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P.S. While it’s good to have a “camera face,” you don’t want to overdo it and end up like this: Expressionless Girl. Remember to aim for natural, relaxed, and at ease. (Warning, the music on this page is loud and, I don’t know, could this cause seizures? It’s awesome either way.)