A Photographer Told Us the Photogenic Trick to Look Better on Instagram


(Image credit: Song of Style)

If you've been wondering how to boost your photography skills when snapping an outfit for Instagram, it all comes down to one important thing: shooting at the best angle. The right angle will instantly make you look slimmer and your legs look longer, but the simple trick might surprise you.

For expert tips, we tapped photographer Nicholas Pakradooni, who works for super blogger and fashion It girl Aimee Song and takes most of the photos for Song of Style—so he really knows what he’s talking about. Plus, he has a cool, well-curated Instagram feed (@cholpak) where he showcases those photography skills.

Here, Nicholas shares the key to taking your best outfit photos: "The best angle for anybody is from below. I know you’re thinking OMG, but what about my 17 chins, but the rule is different for selfies or headshots. Everyone has their own angles that work for them for those, but right now I’m talking about seeing your shoes and your sunnies in the same frame. Shooting from below will elongate your legs and make you look super tall. If you shoot from high up and angle the camera down, you look short and stumpy, which I don’t think anyone wants. I promise this will work for you.”

Make sure to try out his expert tip the next time you're snapping an outfit shot for Instagram!

Scroll down to see some shots he took of Aimee Song and shop seven stylish items that would look good in any photo.


(Image credit: Song of Style)

Shoot from a low angle to look taller in photos.


(Image credit: Song of Style)

Snapping a photo from below is the most flattering angle and elongates your legs.


(Image credit: Song of Style)

Follow Nicholas Pakradooni's photo tips for your next Instagram outfit shot.


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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.