• Shannon Edney

Tips for Looking Fantastic in Photos


Photography tips and tricks to help you look your best.

From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of the camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post’s for you. If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results.






Get to Know Your Face.

This applies to professional photo shoots as well as every day photos. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.


Easy on the makeup.

While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having head shots, family or maternity photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both.


Facing the camera.

Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for photos but in general positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.


Controlling your chin.

Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward will lift your face and give it a more angular look.


Pick your outfit carefully.

Put some thought into what you’ll wear to your shoot. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.


Use lighting to your advantage.

This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at but the right lighting can mean the difference between that wow factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light or having the session take place in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest as this will create unflattering shadows on your face.


As much as the above tips will help you during your professional photo shoot, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos.



Award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world. Based out of Missoula, Montana, Shannon specializes in portrait photography showcasing people, dogs, and horses (all breeds, with a focus on the Arabian horse). Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come.

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