A funny thing about blogging is the drastic increase in a number of photos I take of myself – or have others take of me. And let me tell you something, as effortless and casual as bloggers make these constant photos look, it’s no walk in the park. Talk about #firstworldproblems, but sometimes getting the right shot can feel like pulling teeth. It’s why I could never be a fashion blogger. That would just be exhausting.
That being said, over the years I’ve learned some good, quick tricks to help speed up the time it takes to get the perfect shot saving myself – and my beloved Instagram husband- a lot of time. These 10 simple tricks will help you snap the perfect shot of yourself every time.
And, don’t just take my word for it, I’ve got some of my fav blog friends here to help out with this as well. Sarah from Venus Trapped in Mars -who has the world’s happiest/most perfectly colorful Instagram, Taylor from The Daily Tay – whose hilarious captions and Instagram stories are always sure to make you laugh, Erica from Coming up Roses – who has the most relatable girly ‘gram around, and of course Helene from Helene in Between – who can snap a travel shot like no one I know.
So, let’s go ahead and dive into these 10 Simple Tips to Look Better in Instagram Photos
1. Repeat After Me, One Foot Forward
The most automatic pose when someone takes your photo is to plant your feet straight down. But, by taking one foot and stepping forward it not only gives your body natural curve, it also gives the picture movement and interest.
TIP: Try to step forward on the balls of your feet so you are somewhat on your tiptoes, it’ll elongate the legs making you look taller and leaner.
2. Don’t be Afraid To Move
Grabbing the perfect shot with movement can be tricky. And, you are likely to end up with a few outtakes that’ll make you LOL for days. But, simply adding some movement to a shot instantly makes it more interesting and eye catching. Be natural and move in a way you usually would in real life.
3. Down in Front
Sitting is always a comfortable position to be in, and so it can lead to a great shot. When you’re comfortable you’re more likely to look and feel natural in front of the lens. So, take a seat and get comfy.
Tip: Sometimes a traditional chair can feel too stiff and awkward, so try sitting down on stairs, the ground, a railing, or a bench.
4. Step WAY Back
Let the surroundings of your landscape take center stage. Have whoever is taking your photo step way back to show the scene. Not only will this add interest to your overall Instagram feed, but honestly…it’s easier to look better from far away – fewer things to worry about!
Tip: If you have the perfect shot in mind, take a photo of the shot without you in it. Then, show it to whoever is taking your photo. Show them the shot you want, and then just ask them to retake it with you in it!
5. Look back at it.
Ah, the over the shoulder “glance back.” It’s all like, “OMG I was just walking and then I just turned around and there you were with the camera ready to take the shot.” #HowConvenient
Tip: The best way to do this one is to be real with it. Try to think about it as if you’re mentally telling a friend to hurry up/follow me. Usually actually looking back right as the camera clicks is best, so let the photographer let you know when they are ready and then look back and “snap!”
6. Don’t Neglect the Back of Your Head
Listen, you’ve got nice hair. Sometimes the perfect way to change things up is to take the classic “looking away” picture. Not only are these pictures visually interesting, but they are also perfect for days you didn’t want to put on makeup (or are hungover on margaritas).
Grab a Prop
Sometimes just deciding “what should I do with my hands” is half the battle. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “where the hell should I put my hands?” Grab a prop of some sort to snap a more natural shot that doesn’t feel as awkwardly staged. This can be anything – a coffee, a camera, a book, a dog, a purse, a cocktail.
7. Master the Mirror Selfie
I’ll be honest a mirror selfie is kinda my BFF. It’s the easiest no-hassle way to grab and outfit shot without a lot of fuss. And it turns out my followers love them too because they always get great engagement on the ‘gram. So, don’t neglect the always famous mirror selfie.
Tip: Try different compositions. Sometimes you can do a full body, sometimes crop off your head and just go for the outfit. Also, try bringing the camera lower between your midsection and chin, to prevent stumpy looking legs.
8. The Sideways Glance Is Your BFF
The casual sideways glance is a go-to. You get a nice profile which is usually always flattering. Plus, it gives you that hella cool “OMG didn’t even know there was a camera right in front of me” kinda vibe. If you’re a real champ through an effortless hair flip in there.
9. When in doubt, look down
The downward glance will never (ever ever ever ever) let you down. It works for everyone…just trust me. I almost always snap one quick “look down” picture just in case the other snaps fail.
There you have it. 9 tried and true Instagram-worthy poses for your next snap!