Maybe I’m a horribly shallow person, but has anyone else
noticed that taking photos with a baby means taking photos with someone younger
than you, less tired than you and undeniably more attractive than you? Every
Here are some ways to look your best in photos with babies.
Work that baby. Think
about whichever part of your body you’re least confident about. Now tell
yourself that you are lovely and accept your flaws as part of who you are as a
beautiful person. Blah blah blah. You should always use the baby to hide your
flaws. Hold that baby in front of your stomach. Or thighs. Or that weird hickey from
the office Christmas party.
Go toward the light. For the most flattering photo, make sure
the light is hitting your face straight on. Not from above, not from one side,
but directly perpendicular to your face. Avoid direct sunlight or harsh
overhead lighting, and instead face a window or the brightest source of light
directly, with the camera slightly off center in front of you for the most
When babies slouch, they look like little squeezable jellybeans. When you
slouch next to a baby, you look like Quasimodo. So before the photo is taken, remember: shoulders back, elongate your neck, stomach in.
Get in the background.
Have you ever noticed that the person closest to the camera always looks the
worst? Being in the foreground means looking wide, shiny and tired for anyone
except a baby (who will look adorable and perfect even in extreme
close-up). So get behind the baby.
Trust me when I say that you do not want your photo taken with the camera below you (unless you’re going for a double-chin, mega-torso look.)
Fluff that hair. As
you age (yeah, I said it), your hair naturally thins and therefore flattens. So
before the picture is taken run your fingers through your roots and lift,
adding volume to instantly make you look more youthful.
Get low. Babies
are smaller than you. Trust me when I say that you do not want your photo taken
with the camera below you (unless you’re going for a double-chin, mega-torso
look). So either get down on the baby’s
level or lift that baby up with his or her face next to yours, so that whoever
is taking the picture naturally lifts the lens up to your eyeline.
Pinch those cheeks.
Babies have a natural, dewy glow about them that the rest of us try to
replicate with expensive cosmetics. If
you’re caught in a photo-opp without makeup, the old-school cheek pinching
method actually works. Just give the apples of your cheeks a nice hard squeeze
a few seconds before the photo is taken for a rosy flush. If it hurts a little, you know you’re doing it right.