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Thanks so much for taking the time to click on my Instagram link.  I am Vail Fucci, a photographer based out of Newton, MA, just outside of Boston.  I specialize in headshots, and weddings.  My goal with every shoot is to make it as stress free and easy as possible for my clients while yielding results they are thrilled with.  If you have questions about pricing or would like to book a session just click on the Book Now button below.

As a thank you for checking out my site I’d love to share with you 4 quick tips for looking your best (or getting your subjects to look their best) in photos.

#1 Never Stand With Your Hands Down Straight At Your Sides.  We all do it, but it looks TERRIBLE! Hello camera adding 10 pounds! To fix this, create a little separation from your body. Here’s how: if you have pants with pockets, put your hands in with your thumbs out. This will give a perfect break to your arm at the elbow.  It will also naturally push your shoulders back.  If you don’t have pockets to do this with, you can put your hand on your hip, or place your hand behind you at the top of your lower back. This will also poke out your elbow a little and give you that separation from your body that will make you look many pounds lighter in the photo.


#2 Stand At An Angle To The Camera.  The broadest you can look in a photo is if you are aimed straight forward to the camera.  Slim yourself visually by turning your feet about 45 degrees to the camera. If you are worried about your face looking too broad, also make sure your face is 45 degrees to the camera instead of looking square on to it, but still maintain eye contact with the camera.

#3 Relax And Bring Your Shoulders Down.  If your shoulders are scrunched up you look stressed, have bad posture, and it makes your neck look thicker.  If you just take the time to bring your shoulders down and back you will be amazed with the results.  You will naturally stand up taller, you will correct your posture, and your neck will look slimmer which in turn will make you look thinner as a whole.

#4 Avoid double chins. Everyone hates when they have a double chin in a photo.  It happens when we try to stand up straight and we bring our chins back.  Often people who are self-conscious about a double chin will just tilt their heads up, but then we just end up looking up your nostrils, and that’s not a good look either.  So try this, bring your chin forward and then down just a touch.  When you bring your chin forward it engages those muscles in your neck.  Once you bring it down it makes you look more natural, even if it doesn’t feel natural.  This little trick will give you a beautiful defined jaw line and get rid of double chins in an instant, and make your eyes subtly bigger as they will now be the closest part of your face to the camera. Practice at home in front of a mirror to see it in action.

To see some of these tips in action check out my video on posing below. At 1:42 into the video it starts showing how to fix posing problems.  I hope you’ve found these tips helpful.  If you’re interested in having me take your photo so you can put your very best face forward please contact me through my website. If you want to learn more tips and tricks on how to take better photos of people check out my website or purchase a copy of my book, How to Get Off the Green Auto Setting: A Practical Guide To DSLR Photography for Beginners (the kindle edition is only $2.99!). I also have other free photography lessons on my youtube channel. Thanks again for stopping by!

-Vail Fucci