A picture is worth a thousand words, right? A good picture will get stuck in the viewers' heads for a long time; however, a bad picture will last for an eternity. Hey, I am not overdrawing my point. It's the truth. Even minimal flaws like, say, having a strand of your hair on your face, teeth stained (well this isn't minimal at all), or even a loose thread from your outfit will get people talking. I'm not pressuring you.. Just simply stating facts. Alright, so with that said I might have made you as nervous as ever.. But don't worry, I have a couple of tips that will help you through it.
The graduating college students are about to have their graduation photos taken, and I've noticed my Facebook and Twitter page to be filled with questions on how and what to pose. Some are panicking, some stay calm and say "Come what may." I occasionally use that phrase, but in this case you (including me) can't take the risk of going with the flow. You want your photo to be the best there is. Take note: Your photo can never be taken down or revised from the yearbook once you give the photographer your okays.
I've come up with a couple of tips for a good, maybe even great yearbook photo. I'll state my TOP 3:
Practice in the mirror
You might think it's silly- smiling alone in your room with no one looking. Smirking, grinning.. Any other possible way of representing the successful graduate that is YOU. Frankly speaking this tip is the most helpful of all. What better way to know how you will look like in the actual photo?
Your angle must be perfect. Try to smile in front of the mirror with the left and right side of your face and find out which of those is your good side. Once you've figured that out, use the advantage and attempt to do different smiles- not too shy, not too wild. Oh, and never ever forget that your lips aren't the only part of your face that smiles.. Your eyes should be, as well. Work on that, too.
Less is more!
Do NOT overdo your hair, make-up, and accessories. People (especially the photographer) would want to focus on your smile. What I would want to stress is that even though you wear a simple top, light make-up, let-down hair.. Your smile will win over those "simples" and turn them into "extravagants".
The photographer is your friend
Chit-chat with the photographer and ask for a few tips and tricks what pose to do according to your liking. They. Are. Pros. They've practically handled tons and tons of yearbook pictorials here and there, facing both glamorous and so-so looks, and in addition to that you would feel so much more comfortable when you get along well with the one taking your photos.
I hope my tips are of great assistance to you. I wish you well on your pictorial(s)! You can do it.. Just smile. :)
Chin up, graduates! This is our time to shine!