Hey cool cats, I'm trapped at work for most of the night, so I figure tonight's going to be a pretty quick post. Those who know me well enough know that some days I can be a total narcissist, while others I can rock the slob hat without too much of a problem. But I really don't think anyone needs lessons on how to be a slob — I'd actually be a little disturbed if that were the case. No, I think it's time to talk about
HOW TO BE PHOTOGENIC
That's right! Too many people shy away from the camera. Maybe it's because of the old superstitions that it would steal your soul away. Maybe it's a self-esteem issue. What I know, though, is that everyone deserves to look good in photos. So here's a few quick tips that work for me, and I hope that they'll do some magic for the camera shy out there!
TAKE PRIDE IN HOW YOU LOOK
I always meant to touch on this topic, but it's SO HUGE that I haven't even started to attempt yet. But it's all about the dressing, grooming and general hygiene. Know what colours go well together. Brush your teeth multiple times a day. Use lotion, especially if you've got a dark complexion. The attention to detail here is ENDLESS — but if you're willing to put in that extra 10%, you'll feel WAY better about how you look and it'll shine through in your photos, I promise.
NO MEAN MUGGIN'
Smile a little! Looking at the camera like you're on the cover of a rap magazine won't do you any favours. You need to smile like you're enjoying what you're doing — fake smiles are for suckers. And if you're not enjoying what you're doing, why are you doing it? (Coming from the guy who's still at work at 10:30 pm — could be worse.)
REST TO BE THE BEST
Bags under the eyes aren't sexy. Rest up as much as you can, and bonus points for catching a nap prior to an event! I don't recommend concealer for guys to try and hide blemishes, as it's not the 80's. It won't fly in most social circles. So drink water. Get sleep. Your skin will thank you!
In the end, I think the most important thing of all is to have fun! Get into your happy place, strike a few poses and go nuts! For in the end, if you're not having fun with taking pictures — it's going to be just as bad as the family portraits you got forced to take as a kid. And no one wants that. (Note: my signature pose involves pointing at the camera like the Fonz. I don't know why I do it, I don't know where it came from — that's just the way it is.)
Here's some examples of me at play:
So I hope we all learned something here today; however, if my tips aren't good enough to get you stylin' and profilin' in the next photos you take, I put together a few links that pop up on the first page of a Google Search for "how to be photogenic" to help get you started:
Have a great time out there and don't be camera shy!
–Casey E. Palmer