Take a minute and try to imagine what you look like. Chances are the amount of detail you’re able to conjure up in your mind’s eye is about as detailed and accurate as a self portrait you made in grade school. When you’re in a photo, however, you try to look good by replicating a visual memory. You know what a smile looks like, so you make one. The problem is, this doesn’t work. You need to remember what a smile feels like and not how it looks.
The Genuine Smile
How to Practise
Getting the Timing Right
Yes, This is a Weird Thing To Do
I did this when I was a young teenager, not to improve how I looked in photos (I hated having my picture taken) but to practise reacting to things. I was a really awkward kid and never knew how to react to certain things, so I practised in the mirror. As I got older and less awkward, I realised this helped a lot with photos. It’s kind of a weird thing to do, and can seem a little self-indulgent, but practice makes perfect. If you don’t want to look weird in pictures (or if you want to be able to control when you do), getting to know how your face feels can be a big help.