Bold (but true) statement: Jennifer Lopez never takes a bad photo. Granted, she's been famous for over 20 years and thus has had plenty of practice, but her photo-taking skills are quite impressive nonetheless. She doesn't just put her photogenic tricks to use on the red carpet—there are plenty of Instagram selfies and paparazzi photos that show she clearly knows what she's doing.
Given that we cover J.Lo's looks quite a lot (you guys love her), we look at dozens of photos of her on a weekly basis. As a result, we're up on the photogenic tricks she's kept in her back pocket for years. And just as we did for Blake Lively, Kendall Jenner, Meghan Markle, and Gigi Hadid, we're sharing our findings with you so that you, too, can look ridiculously amazing in selfies, weddings, photo booths, and action shots.
Keep scrolling to see the 11 photogenic tricks Lopez has mastered and shop pieces she's constantly photographed in.
Trick #1: Keep your chin down when being photographed straight on.
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If a camera is above you, there's a little more freedom, but if it's straight ahead, do as J.Lo does and keep your chin down for the most flattering angle.
On Jennifer Lopez: Julien Macdonald dress
Trick #2: Occupy your hands.
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Lopez knows that the easiest way to look natural in a photo is to do something with your hands, like put them in your pockets.
On Jennifer Lopez: Chanel bag; Monika Chiang Zaria Boots ($750)
Trick #3: Find the angles that make your outfit look best.
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We have a hunch that J.Lo takes the time to study everything she wears in the mirror when she's going to be photographed. Every outfit looks better at different angles.
On Jennifer Lopez: Tom Ford dress
Trick #4: Don't hide your limbs.
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Photographs with hidden limbs can look a bit awkward and disproportioned. Lopez always makes an effort to keep hers in view (which perhaps may have something to do with all that bling she wears on her fingers).
On Jennifer Lopez: Ralph & Russo dress
Trick #5: Glance at the camera during action shots.
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Action shots are often the best shots. Take advantage of them by turning your face toward the camera.
On Jennifer Lopez: Elie Saab dress
Trick #6: Show off the features of your outfit and shoes.
If your skirt has a slit and your boots are amazing, by all means, show them off. This is just an example, but it applies to any outfit with a cool, Instagrammable feature.
On Jennifer Lopez: Roberto Cavalli outfit; Casadei boots
Trick #7: Pose with confidence.
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If you're going to put your hand on your hip (or any other common pose), do so with confidence. Popular poses became popular because they're flattering, but if you look uncomfortable, the pose won't make for a great photo.
On Jennifer Lopez: Elie Saab dress and bag; Christian Louboutin shoes
Trick #8: Show your personality.
If it looks like you're having fun in a photo, your Instagram followers will be quick to like and comment.
Trick #9: Mix up your selfie style.
None of J.Lo's selfies are the same. They reflect what she's wearing, her beauty look, and presumably, how she's feeling.
Trick #10: Be natural.
This photo likely earned 2.5 million likes because it's, well, real. Resist the urge to only post selfies post-hair appointment or Glam Squad visit.
Trick #11: Lean on something.
The next time you're having your picture taken (especially a solo one), try leaning on something. Trust us—you'll feel far less awkward.
Shop pieces J.Lo is constantly photographed in:
J.Lo loves to show off her legs, and this disco-inspired dress would be right up her alley.
Sky-high over-the-knee boots have been her signature shoe style for years.
Lopez is so fond of statement-making shades that she just launched a collection of her own with Quay.
High-waist black leggings are a workout staple for Lopez.
J.Lo always wears wide-leg trousers and heels when she's going for a professional look, and it always works.
A wide belt helps Lopez to accentuate her waist (which she loves to show off).
Based on how often Lopez wears pencil skirts, we imagine she has a rack full of them in her closet.
These skinny jeans have been in Lopez's outfit rotation for years.
Lopez has been taking selfies in these monogrammed hoops as of late.
Lopez knows that wearing a bold color makes for an engaging photo.