Photos are a fantastic way to share your female self with the world.
But maybe you think you have to look like a model to take stunning photos?
Guess again! Taking beautiful photos is all about technique – and having a few tricks up your sleeve.
Keep reading for my top 8 tips for looking HOT in your femme photos:
1. It’s all about the lighting
Lighting is the #1 make-or-break factor in your photos. Good lighting can literally take 10 years off your face and make you look softer, prettier, and more feminine.
The best and easiest lighting to work with is natural sunlight. Either shoot outside or in a well-lit room with lots of windows. Here are a few tips for working with natural light:
- Overcast days are the best time to shoot since the lighting is softer.
- If you are using window light, be sure to shoot facing the window. Having the light behind you or on the side will result in dark shadows.
- Play around with your position and location to ensure you’re capturing the most flattering lighting.
No sunlight? No problem! Another great solution is to invest in a ring light. Ring lights provide soft, even lighting on the face. It’s why beauty influencers love them!
2. Stabilize and position the camera
A shaky camera or awkward angle will ruin any image. That’s why it’s so important to position the camera correctly.
Here are 3 tips for stabilizing and positioning your camera:
- Get a tripod. Tripods are inexpensive and will immediately up your photo game. If you’re taking selfies, you can either use the camera timer or invest in a remote control camera shutter for your phone.
- Try a selfie stick. These silly gadgets are actually very helpful for taking flattering selfie photos and getting rid of that “extended arm in the photo” look.
Speaking of selfies, did you know that photos taken at arm distance distort your face and can make your nose look 30% bigger? Yup, studies prove it! The solution is to take photos at a proper distance using the methods above.
3. Find the right angle for your face
Now let’s talk about the camera angle. This has a huge impact on how your photos turn out.
A camera angle that’s too low can create the look of a double chin. A camera angle that’s too high looks awkward.
The camera lens should be positioned at or slightly above eye level for the most flattering shots.
Another tip is to project your chin forward an inch or so more than normal. This helps define your jawline, regardless of the camera angle.
4. Adjust your body angle
When it comes to flattering photos, it’s all about the angles.
The #1 rule is to avoid facing the camera straight on. This tends to make your body look wider than it actually is.
Instead, angle your torso away from the camera. This creates the illusion of smaller shoulders and helps balance the proportions of your body.
5. Find your best side
It’s not a myth that everybody has a “good side.” Our faces aren’t perfectly symmetrical, so they look different from each side.
Experiment with different facial angles until you find your best look. Try turning your face slightly right or left, and tilting your chin up and down.
Also consider your eyes. Instead of looking straight at the camera, try looking up or away.
Once you’ve found your good side, work it!
6. Watch your arms
Arms are a trouble spot for many crossdressers and transgender women.
Posing with your arms pressed against your body makes them look even bigger. Keep your arms slightly away from your body for a slimming effect.
You can also cover your shoulders with a pretty scarf. This helps downplay your arms while still allowing you to show some skin.
7. Think pretty thoughts
The camera captures EVERYTHING. If you feel bad about yourself, I guarantee it’ll be reflected in your photos.
That means you need to psyche yourself up so you feel as stunning as possible during your photo shoot.
Put on some funky music and tell yourself that you’re the hottest thing since Bella Hadid!
Finally, don’t forget that even the most beautiful women in the world occasionally take bad photos. Immediately delete any bad photos – and treasure the good ones!
8. Make use of filters
There are all kinds of filters and photo editing apps that can take your photos from good to gorgeous. And no, I’m not talking about altering your features with an app like FaceTune. (Though you can if you want to! I go into detail about these apps here.)
I believe the best use of filters is to improve the colors and lighting in your photos without changing your face. Your phone camera likely has inbuilt photo filters, but you could also try an app like Instagram, A Color Story, or SnapSeed for iPhone / Android.
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