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How To Look Great In Photos And Love Taking Photos ( + A Mini Photobook)

I am no photo freak by any standard, but I have learned that memorable moments, which are transient most times, can only be captured in photos and videos. Our minds forget, all too often.

Time was when I bothered about not looking good in photos; not being photogenic. This made me appear in fewer photos. But as time went by, I learned that “perfect” moments are worth reliving. You need these memories to remember those moments.

It’s worse when I need a photo for a purpose and I can’t find one because I seldom take photos. Those times, I wish I took photos a reasonable lot, so at least, I would have a range to pick from.

Here are some tips I have learned to capture picture perfect moments:

1. Look The Part

The reason you don’t look good (in relation to others) in photos could be due to poor preparation. Chances are that you are wearing bad or no makeup and a poorly fitted dress. Fret not, you don’t have to break a bank to look great in photos if you consider yourself not to be photogenic.


We often get out of the camera what we put in – good pose, bad pose, good angle, bad angle, poor lit background, untidy surrounding, the list goes on. The camera is like a mirror, reflecting the image thrown at it. Ceteris paribus, if you don’t look that great in real life… [fill in the blanks]. But thank God for high-resolution cameras and photo editing apps nowadays.

Nonetheless, a beautiful photo is a beautiful photo. And at times, there’s only so much an editing app can do for a poor photo.

2. Wear A Smile

Time was when I seldom smiled in photos. I genuinely thought my photos looked better when I kept an unsmiling, straight face. But how would I have been a better judge of that if there were no smiling photos to compare with?


Fast forward to some years later, someone compliments me that she likes my signature smile. Me, signature smile. There has definitely been some alteration of persona somewhere. I am not sure when this exactly happened, but it is surely a positive one.

“Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies.” – Rashida Jones

“I think that anybody that smiles automatically looks better.” – Diane Lane

3. Be Confident

If you think you look like a dog’s poop, chances are you look like one.

Have you met people who by yourself, you think they/their photos are mediocre, but something in their action or caption flips it on you, making you look like the blind one? Soon, you believe them, too, and start seeing them in the light they see themselves.

C. S Lewis says,“We are what we believe we are.”

“Believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do, and at some point, you will.” – Venus Williams


4. Love You Some More

See, even with all three above, there are some things only a healthy dose of self-love can sort. If you don’t love you, who will? You are all you have got, sometimes.


“Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” – George R. R. Martin

Neither of us created ourselves. By no effort of ours, contribution or consultation, we found ourselves the way we are; our skin colour, face structure, body shape, length of hair. None of these truly defines us. Nor should our confidence or the lack thereof stem from them.

Say this: “Body and soul, I am wonderfully made!”– Psalm 139: 14 (MSG, abridged)

5. Choose A Photographer With Whom You Can Be Yourself With

Choosing someone with whom you can be yourself with to be your photographer goes a long way in boosting your confidence. With them, you can be the best version of yourself and uncover beautiful parts of you.


While you work on building your confidence and loving yourself wholeheartedly, a best friend, sibling, co-worker, partner or spouse may be the one that brings out your glow – you have to do the work of identifying who.

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” – Jim Morrison

“I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” – Steve Maraboli

I hope you found these tips helpful. They have helped me a great deal.

Are you a photo freak? Do you slay in all your photos and want to share your tricks and tips with us in the comments? We will be happy to hear!

To do justice to this post:

A bad shot, IMO

And that sums it. Remember, it may be a bad angle, a bad shot, but NEVER a bad you.



By annieejiofor

Hello. I'm Annie, a Nigerian, medical doctor, IELTS coach, freelance editor and the voice behind the writing.

I blog about life within and without medicine and other lifestyle topics like books, travel and helpful advice for medical professionals.

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