The majority of teenagers, including myself, don’t enjoy having their picture taken especially when it’s a close-up of their face. However, your school photo will end up on your school ID card, not to mention in the yearbook as and you will care if it turns out badly later on if not at first. Here are some tips to ensure a flawless photo. ;)
Sit up straight! Don’t slouch your shoulders! This probably sounds like it came directly from your mother’s mouth (which means you’ll probably want to do it even less), but good posture will make a big difference in your photo. Plus, you don’t want to end up with a hump on your back…
Make-up & Hair
You’ll want to keep your make-up minimal and natural for picture day. Check out the runway makeup at Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler for inspiration. As for hair, keep it natural as well (don’t go crazy with the hairspray!). There are some cute ideas for styling your hair here and here.
Keep Your Outfit Simple
For most school photos they’re only going to snap your shoulders and above so feel free to wear some velour sweatpants and flip-flops if you like. I jest. Your outfit shouldn’t be too busy and consider what kind of neckline will look best on you (avoid turtlenecks). I find that v-necks and scoop necks are pretty much universally flattering. Stick with fairly simple jewelry, really heavy, chunky necklaces will only distract from your face.
As vain as it sounds, practicing your smile in the mirror can really help. I have many a times flashed a wide, toothy grin only to end up looking like some deranged idiot. If you really want an objective look at that smile of yours, take some photographs of your own! Take a photograph of your face (in the same manner that your school photo will be taken) and try out several different smiles to see what looks best.