With the right outfit and make-up, you may look terrific in person, but not so great in a picture. If you want to look great in any picture, there are a few tricks to learn to get the camera to work with you. The way you sit, for example, can change the way the camera captures your body shape. A poorly angled picture can make you look like you have a double chin or large stomach, even if you are fit and trim. The next time you have your picture taken, avoid saying "cheese" at all costs so that you don't end up with a stiff smile.
Work with the light when getting your picture taken. Ideally, you want to be near a source of light, such as a lamp. Light makes your skin look better, as it illuminates the skin and conceals any problem areas. Using the flash also improves the appearance of your skin in a picture. Keep in mind that too much light can work against you. If you are taking a photograph outside, do it in the late afternoon, so that you aren't squinting at the camera.
The camera should take your picture from above your eyes or at the level of your eyes to reduce the appearance of a double chin. If you are seated, the camera should be above you and you should look up at it. Try pointing your chin upwards slightly to elongate your neck and make your face look thinner.
When taking a seated picture, try crossing your legs to make your body look thinner in the photo. If your arms are a problem in pictures, push your head forward slightly and bring your arms back, so that they are not prominent. Balance the way you look in a picture by turning slightly to one side. You'll look great in every picture if no more than two thirds of your face and body is shown.