How to achieve great smiles for photos

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Whether we admit it or not we are all self conscious about our images especially when it could last in a frame or public domain.

The most beautiful face you could pull is a smile which has power inspire many and radiate soul including your own.

The following are important tips to pull the best selfies or any type of picture that will make you fall in love with a photo.

Don’t say cheese

To be honest, I believe “cheese” should be used only to capture snapshots at kids’ birthday parties. If you’re posing for the shot, use a Hollywood trick and say “money” instead. This movement of the lips makes the smile look more natural. And, well, sometimes the thought of money can bring a smile to your face, too.

Ask the photographer to tell a joke

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If you need a “smile boost” (let’s call it that way), you can ask a photographer to tell a joke. Or, what I think could be even better – you can take a short break to tell a joke yourself. This will loosen you up, and encourage the photographer to also tell a joke – which will make you laugh or smile.

Imagine someone you like behind the lens

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Similar to thinking about something that makes you happy, you can also imagine someone who does it. Imagine this person taking a photo of you. In Mathieu’s model’s case, this imaginary “person” is Sponge Bob Squarepants. If you ask me, I’d definitely smile if I imagined my favorite cartoon character taking a photo of me.

Relax your face and jaw muscles

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When you’re nervous, it’s obvious on your face. Focus on your face and jaw muscles, and take a second or two to consciously relax them. The natural smile will come on its own.

Think about something that makes you happy

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This is one of the oldest tricks to smile naturally. While posing for the shot, think about people or things that make you happy. Mathieu’s model thinks about ice cream and dogs, I’d totally go with that, too.

Close your eyes

If you’re feeling nervous, take a few seconds to relax. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and then open your eyes. You’ll feel calmer and smile more naturally.

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