We reached out to some of our favorite models, Martha Hunt, Caroline Trentini, and Jennifer Humphrey, for their top photo-taking secrets. Since being photogenic is listed in their job requirements, you can bet they have a trick or two for you to learn. We promise you won’t want to pass up this advice!
Scroll down for five secrets on how to look photogenic in every snap!
“Always find the best light! Shaded sunlight or soft light during dusk and dawn are best. High-noon light will put shadows under your eyes. Use your camera phone to find the best light on your face.” — Martha Hunt
“Pay attention to lighting and you will see when and how your skin, hair, and eye color can come to life!” — Caroline Trentini
“Lighting is your best friend! If the lighting is on point, you will look amazing. Oh, and definitely confidence!” — Jennifer Humphrey
“Every girl has a good side or a strong quality to show. So, really highlight that quality, practice, and have fun with it. Do a lot of practice on your cell phone, like a selfie or looking in the mirror. That will help you know your own look much more.” — Caroline Trentini
“Try looking at your different angles in the mirror or in pictures to find your better side. Angle that side of your face to the camera. You can't always help it based off of the position of the camera or the light, so be prepared to work with any set.” — Martha Hunt
“It's best to practice your pose beforehand to see what pose the outfit looks best in and what's more flattering for your body. I've learned this the hard way. Now I practice with a friend or stylist before a red carpet event. Even for a photo shoot, I see if the outfit looks better posed or in movement. It all depends on the outfit.” — Martha Hunt
“If I don't smize, I can look really angry and just plain miserable. It's all about the spark in the eye!” — Martha Hunt
“Smizing gives you a little spark, so think of a happy moment or a special person and squeeze your eyes a little.” If you’re trying to make your eyes seem bigger, “raise your eyebrow and breathe out through your mouth—it really works.” — Caroline Trentini
“Smizing makes you look more approachable.” — Jennifer Humphrey
“Always take the shot when you are actually happy and in a natural, happy environment. I would avoid forced situations like pretending you are having a good time. … Really do have fun before you take a picture!” — Caroline Trentini
“Laugh to yourself before to project a genuine smile. What I do sometimes to loosen up my face and lips is just laugh to myself or motorboat my lips to loosen up those muscles.” — Jennifer Humphrey
What do YOU do to look your best in photos? Share your secret in the comments below!