*** This advice applies to everyone, by the way, but I think it especially helps the guys.***
So, I've recently stumbled onto a fun-loving and informative video by Peter Hurley, who explains to us common folk how to look sexier, more confident, photogenic... just plain BETTER in photos. His technique is simple, but surprisingly difficult to explain. Take a peek at the video below to see what I mean.
So... 'squinching', as Mr. Hurley calls it, (or if you're Tyra Banks, it's "smizing") is a quirky little thing that the muscles in your lower eyelids to when you are naturally:
- suspicious/ skeptical,
- in love.
Don't believe me? Think about it. Now try out the expressions in front of a mirror and focus on how your eyes reacted.
I recently re-designed my website and was digging through this past year's files and found this photo of Jordan that I LOVED, and it HIT me that the reason was: he was doing this "squinch". Check it out.
So what can you do with this information? Well, most of us are not professional models; we find ourselves at a photo shoot, in front of a camera, and feeling painfully awkward.
My trick is to have in mind something to think about that causes your face to adopt this expression. Here are a few ideas to get you rolling: (Or make you laugh, which also works for me!)
- Imagine your lower eyelid, and literally try to make it form a smile. Think happy thoughts.
- Make the expression that matches this statement: "I'm really happy to see you, but my eyes are feeling quite dry."
- Go full-out Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. "I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself."
So if you've got senior pictures coming up, or are contemplating them for next year, you still have time to practice.