Become More Photogenic - Just by forgetting about the Camera!

Not everyone looks like a model, but there is no reason to look like you're dazed or grimacing in pain in every party snapshot. Unless, of course, you happen to be drunk and photographed immediately after being attacked by hornets neither, a scenario not covered in wikiHow's helpful guide to being more photogenic.

The first step is to forget everything you know about posing for a photograph. Don't face the camera dead-on; turn so you are facing the camera with one foot slightly ahead of the other and your shoulders slightly turned. Don't stare the camera down; look just slightly above the lens which on top of looking more natural also reduces red eye. Don't stand up perfectly straight and throw your shoulders back; keep your shoulders relaxed and lean—leading with your head—very slightly towards the camera to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fat around the neck and face. The best tip of all? Forget you're being photographed.

Many people end up looking odd in photos because they freeze into odd facial expressions with a "say cheese" type of smile on their face. If you're used to having bad pictures taken of yourself, you probably get nervous in front of the camera, and this can make things even worse. If you know a picture is about to be taken, take a deep breath and exhale naturally, relaxing your arms and shoulders. As you exhale, smile or strike whatever pose is appropriate. Don't hold your breath, either in or out, otherwise you'll appear as though you're tense or suffocating. If you see the photo coming too late, don't panic and try to strike a pose. Keep doing what you're doing and try to ignore the camera. It may not turn out perfectly, but you've got a better chance than if the camera catches you quickly trying to change your facial expression. The more comfortable and relaxed you appear, the better the photo will turn out.