In our seemingly endless quest to looking photogenic, we’ve learned that there are quite a few factors at play. From your eyes to your chin to your overall pose to today’s subject—what you wear—the more camera-friendly aspects you consider, the better your chances are of nailing your next photo. With that in mind, we reached out to Larry Busacca, a Getty Images photographer with more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, to give us a few pointers on to wear (and avoid) when you know you’ll be taking photos.
So, before you start ramping up your Insta-game for the holidays, scroll through to read (and shop!) Larry’s expert tips.
“Busy fabrics [such as plaid and paisley] look just that—visually busy. They don’t reproduce well in an image.” — Larry Busacca
“Certain patterns can be beautiful, but this is dependent on cut and color. Taking a few test shots to see how it works on camera will help you to be sure.” — Larry Busacca
“Wide horizontal stripes can distort shape.” — Larry Busacca
“In general, solid colors are safe.” — Larry Busacca
“Reflective fabrics such as high-gloss vinyl, rubber, and plastic-like fabrics can act like a mirror in photos, and you can end up with big spots from the reflection of the flash.” — Larry Busacca
"Accessories [such as jewelry and belts] can add accents that represent your personal style." — Larry Busacca
“Sequins can be dangerous… Direct flash will often not reflect well off of the fabric on the chest area and cause reflections on your throat and chin.” — Larry Busacca
“Long, draped dresses always photograph well, as they flatter good posture.” — Larry Busacca
“Clutches can be distracting: Keep it clean with a comfortable pose and your hands free.” — Larry Busacca
“Heels help to elongate your frame.” — Larry Busacca
“Large, floppy hats may block your eyes and cause unflattering shadows around your face.” — Larry Busacca
“Consider different cuts and materials and how they fall on you: Structured cuts can accent points of interest.” — Larry Busacca
Do you have any tips or questions about looking photogenic? Share them in the comments!