How to Look Fabulous in Your Holiday Photos

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Photo opportunities are quickly approaching. Take a few tips from Life as MOM contributor Rena and look your best in those holiday photos!

Holiday Photos DOs and DONTs

Tis the season for holiday parties, work parties and family gatherings and along with that comes lots of pictures. Here are some tips for your looking your very best for those captured memories!


  1. Stand straight on to the camera. This will only widen you.
  2. Make a sexy pout or a “non-smile” model face. It’ll look unnatural and consequently awkward.
  3. Hold your arms close to your body. This will squish them and make your arms look bigger.
  4. Turn away from or stand under the light. Avoid light that is directly above you. This will cause awkward shadows under your eyes.
  5. Look down at the camera. This will make your jawline disappear.

Photo Dont


  1. Angle your body slightly. This will give the illusion of a slimmer figure.
  2. Stand with one foot in front of the other. This will help create a more fluid line.
  3. Put your hand on your hip. This extends, not squishes your arm and accentuates your waist.
  4. Turn towards the light. This will avoid shadows on your face. Aim for the most natural light or one slightly in front and above you.
  5. Angle your face slightly and look at the camera straight-on or slightly up. This will give you the best jawline.
  6. If you’re seated, sit on the edge of the chair with straight posture, knees to the side and cross your legs at the ankles.

Remember, that if you feel comfortable, then you will look your best in a picture, so be confident and put your best smile forward!

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Rena, aka “the girl with the smile”, is an optimistic style blogger in San Diego. Learning about fashion through trial & error (high school years were pretty awkward), she loves fashion and the ability to create a look and boost self-confidence through clothing. Since Rena lives with all men (husband and two sons), she needed an outlet for her fashion knowledge, so she started the blog The Girl with the Smile.

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I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. These are fantastic tips and I think would help people to look better in pictures. That being said, I do think people need to shake it up a bit and not always follow “the tips.” My cousin is in college and in this day of cell phone pictures too many to count, she is constantly posting pictures of herself on Facebook with one foot extended, hand on hip and slightly angled…’s a bit much and begins to look kinda fake.

  2. Theresa says

    I agree with Megan. Every young girl now days “poses” with her hand on the hip. It isn’t flattering to everyone. Why not just take pictures in candid fashion, action shots if you will? Maybe your sister laughing with her head tossed back a bit? Or your mom stirring up the Christmas dressing while telling stories of the old days? Those are the ones I treasure the most.

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