The camera loves Blake Lively, and it's easy to argue that some people were just born being photogenic. We fully acknowledge that she's tall, stunning, and regularly decked out in Chanel and Dior, but she has several photogenic tricks up her sleeve as well. After a decade spent on red carpets and being closely followed by paparazzi, she's undoubtedly had plenty of time to hone her skills.
The reason Lively is a great celeb to study is this: She's adept at both standing still and posing, as well as at taking candid shots. In the age of Instagram, you're likely to encounter both—even without red carpets and paparazzi—so keep scrolling to take a cue from Lively's playbook (and shop a photogenic clothing item she seems to swear by).
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For candid shots, you don't have to look directly at the camera. Looking slightly above it makes for a very good angle.
On Blake Lively: Versace dress; Christian Louboutin shoes
Lively often displays genuine happiness on the red carpet. When you're having a good time, the photo will feel infinitely more natural.
On Blake Lively: Ralph Lauren suit; Christian Louboutin shoes
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A big cheesy grin isn't usually the key to a good photo. Instead, Lively often relaxes her face and smiles with her eyes.
On Blake Lively: Roland Mouret suit; Valentino bag
No matter what you're wearing, there are ways to work it to your advantage. If there's a slit, show it off. If there's a pretty neckline, wear your hair up. You get the gist.
On Blake Lively: Gucci dress
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Eva Chen coined this photogenic stance baby giraffe pose. "I stick my bum out and tilt one leg forward and the other leg back," Chen explains. "Like I'm a baby giraffe walking." Lively seems to be on the same page.
On Blake Lively: Michael Kors coat and dress
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We're big fans of an action shot, and Lively expertly proves that standing tall and holding your head up make for an even better photo.
On Blake Lively: Ralph Lauren sunglasses; Tod's boots
When Lively wears something voluminous or oversize, she always pairs it with something that cinches at the waist. Case in point.
On Blake Lively: Ralph & Russo suit
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Next time you pose for a photo, try angling your body in a few different directions to find the one that works best for you.
On Blake Lively: Dior coat, dress, and bag; Christian Louboutin Spikoo Clear Ankle Strap Pumps ($995)
Pockets are an easy way to look instantly more natural in a photo, as they give you something to do with your hands (they can be quite awkward, can't they?). We couldn't help but notice that Lively frequently wears pocketed pieces. Speaking of which, we found a few amazing ones below.
On Blake Lively: Zimmermann suit
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Next up: the worst color to wear in photos.