Photos are a great way to express your femme self. Whether you take selfies or go to a studio, beautiful images can be a real confidence booster.
Fortunately, you don’t need supermodel genes to look great in photos. It’s all about skill – and avoiding some common mistakes.
Read on to learn about 5 common photo posing mistakes… and how to fix them!
1. Shooting Shoulders Straight On
If you have broad shoulders (like most crossdressers and transgender women), you should angle your shoulders away from the camera to create a slimmer look. This downplays their width, creating more feminine-looking body proportions.
2. Holding Your Body Too Straight
There’s nothing worse than looking stiff and awkward in your photos. The secret to flattering, feminine photos is to create softness and curves with your body. Experiment with bending your arms and legs slightly, tilting your head, pushing a hip out, and relaxing your fingers.
3. Shooting in Unflattering Light
Lighting makes all the difference in the world in photos. The #1 rule is to avoid strong overhead or side lighting since this creates ugly shadows on the face. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- If you’re indoors, move away from overhead lights and try placing a couple lamps with soft lighting around you.
- If you’re outdoors, avoid shooting in strong midday sunlight. The best time of day is to shoot at dusk or dawn when the sun has a soft, diffused glow.
- If you take selfies, try a selfie light ring that attaches to your phone. This allows you to take flattering photos in low light settings.
4. Placing the Camera Below Eye Level
Nobody wants to rock a double chin in their photos, so never pose with the camera below eye level. The lens should be at or above eye level to diminish a double chin and downplay a large jawline. As an extra bonus, this angle also makes your eyes look bigger.
5. Not Engaging Your Mind
I love watching America’s Next Top Model because it shows that modeling is as much about mindset as it is about natural-born beauty. If you’re not feeling fabulous, it WILL show up in your photos.
So how can you increase your confidence when taking photos? An easy trick is to imagine that you’re portraying a character (either real or imagined). For example: Gisele Bundchen, Cleopatra, or Sophia Loren. “Modeling” somebody else is a great way to channel their energy in photos.
Let’s see your best shot!
Taking great photos is only the first step. Sharing them with the world is where the real magic happens!
On that note, I’d love to see the photos you’re most proud of. Please share your femme photos in the comments below!
P.S. If you enjoyed this article, you’ll love my Stepping Out Secrets Program! This training program covers the 6 “alluring arts” that must be mastered to present yourself as a woman. It even includes a bonus module on photo posing!
Still learning, really glad I started looking up tips.
I don’t know of anyone who looks beautiful in every picture. But the solution is to not show the ugly ones! Same thing if you’re behind the camera. If people only see the nice pictures you’ve taken, then they say, “You take nice pictures”.
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I love my black lace dress with blonde wig…makes me feel soo feminine…another favourite is my tight fitting leopard-skin dress..though regretfully can be a bit short LOL!! with my ‘man’ legs (and calfs)…girls really would appreciate any tips for passing & slimming my legs…love living as a woman
Beautiful it’s wonderful seeing this thank you so much in gratitude I’m glad you’re happy with this and living the life you want to live it’s truly great and remarkable much love to you and continued happiness it’s all in luck to all your friends family and acquaintances the best to your future and once again the best of luck.
Being a male to female transgender woman is the best thing I ever done. I knew at five years old that I was a girl. There’s just no going back ever. I love being so feminine,& getting attention when I go out. Always present yourself well as a lady. A lady forever.
background, background, background! the most perfect pose, the best lighting, the best camera angle, perfect makeup, beautiful outfit, etc can all be undone by a background with stray items, messy floors or shelves. try to always find a place that is relatively clear of stuff that could ruin a great picture.
Since I first came out as transgender two months ago, I have taken several photos following my transition and showing myself just how much I’ve improved along the way. Here’s some of them. I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind when I take pics going forward.
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You are so beautiful hon. I wish you the best. Never go back. I am a transgender woman forever.
These are two on my favorite poses.
The poses are fine but the out is all wrong. Pick something more femine that hides the muscular legs and shoulders.