13 Ways to Take Better Solo and Group Pictures for the Holidays
Christmas is the best time to catch up with friends who, like you, are also busy with their growing, fast-paced lives. It’s also the time to reflect and be grateful for the year that passed. Because as we all know by now, things change everyday, and you’re hardly the same person you were 12 months ago.
To commemorate this occasion, make sure to take at least one confidence-boosting picture of yourself and your crew. It doesn’t have to be for the ‘gram (though a new profile pic wouldn’t hurt!), it can just be for yourself and your friends so you’ll have something to look back on in the years to come.
Here are a few tips to capture it best:
Make sure your makeup is photo-ready.
1. Don’t overdo your highlighter.
Doing so can make your face look shiny instead of glowing. But the right amount, especially just below your brow bone, can also make your face look brighter and more awake.
2. Opt for a matte base.
You can choose a matte primer to prep your skin, and use a lightweight foundation that won’t leave you looking oily over time.
3. Set your makeup with a fine powder.
This is to prevent makeup flashback (the white cast you see in pictures because of the reflection of the camera flash). Avoid powders that are HD, mineral and/or 100 percent silica, as well as foundations with SPF for night events. That said, don’t skip the sunscreen during the day!
How to pose for your solo shots:
1. If you never know what to do your hands, hold on to a prop.
Like your food:
Or your purse:
2. When standing, lean back on one leg, and pop your hip to highlight your curves.
3. If you’re seated, cross your legs or feet!
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4. Switch up your angles and try to take a picture from the side or the back.
Now here are some posing tips for group pictures:
2. Be conscious of your leveling and take advantage of the floor.
3. Physically connect with one another.
Other ways to do it: Hug, hold hands, or lean on someone’s shoulder.
4. Take wide shots for big group pics if possible.
5. Look at and talk to one another for more natural smiles and reactions.
6. Capture candid moments, too, for variety!
*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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