9 Reasons Blake Lively Always Looks Stunning in Photos

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).


Trick #1: Look Up and Toward the Camera
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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


Trick #2: Have Fun
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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


Trick #3: Smile With Your Eyes
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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


Trick #4: Work the Dress
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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


Trick #5: Baby Giraffe Pose
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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


Trick #6: Walk With Confidence
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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


Trick #7: Balance Out Proportions
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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


Trick #8: Angle Your Body
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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)


Trick #9: Use Those Pockets

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

Shop Blake Lively–Inspired Pieces With Pockets

Next up: the worst color to wear in photos.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.