How to Smile Naturally in Pictures

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Things You'll Need

  • Camera
  • Mirror

In this age of digital cameras and cameras on cell phones, people are taking more photos of themselves and their friends. Often a person smiles when his photo is taken, only to be disappointed when he sees the photo and the smile looks fake. Luckily, there are ways you can learn to smile more naturally for the camera.

Relax while the photo is taken. If multiple photos are being taken of you, relax in between shots. After all, when people are smiling naturally, they’re generally relaxed. Look away from the camera between shots. Move around and talk to other people.

Laugh while the photo is taken. There is a reason why school yearbook photographers often crack a joke before taking the photo. It loosens people up and makes them laugh, thus creating a more natural smile. If the photographer doesn’t say anything funny, try to recollect something that made you laugh.

Smile at the last second before the photo is taken. A natural smile turns into a stilted smile if you try to hold it for awhile. Start to smile right before the photo is taken, and it’ll look more natural.

Practice in front of a mirror. See what smiles look most natural. Pay attention to how you made that smile. Make yourself laugh by making funny faces, which will lead to more natural smiles.

Take a lot of photos of yourself smiling. It’ll give you more practice, and you can pick out the image where your smile looks most natural.


About the Author

Chris Brower is a writer with a B.A. in English. He also spent time studying journalism and utilizes both to deliver well-written content, paying close attention to audience, and knowing one word could determine whether a product is a success or a failure. He has experience writing articles, press releases, radio scripts, novels, short stories, poems and more.

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