It’s no surprise that online dating profiles with photos get more action that those without. Really, what guy is going to ask you out based on your taste in movies or your description of an ideal date? But not everyone is as photogenic as the stars on the cover of Cosmo. So we asked Davis Factor, celebrity fashion photographer (he’s shot Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz) and co-founder and owner of Smashbox Cosmetics, to share his secrets for taking a hot shot.
Pay attention to the lighting.
When light hits you from above, it creates shadows on your face, particularly under the eyes. So whether you’re inside or outdoors, try to stand behind the sun or away from overhead lights. And tilt your chin up slightly to minimize any casts.
Stand tall (and look thin).
You can totally trick the camera into making you appear taller and leaner (what belly pooch?). Here’s how: Stand up straight and turn slightly to the side so one shoulder is closer to the camera. Once you’ve hit this position, look toward the lens.
Ditch the double chin.
Beware of short cameramen. Seriously, if the lens is below your eye level, then you’ll gain an extra chin — not hot. The lens should be at your eye level or above. Finally, project your chin out an inch or so more than you normally would.