Metal prints of pictures can capture and immortalize the most important and memorable events in your life, so you should make sure that you and your friends and loved ones look excellent the next time someone wants to snap a photograph.  In a world with photo editing software and phones with built in cameras and filters, some people have forgotten how to take a good photo.  Editing won’t be able to fix everything in a photo, but if you take it the right way you’ll be happy with the results.  If you want to ensure that you won’t want to delete the next photo that’s taken of you, follow these tips so that you can have a beautiful and mantle-worthy picture.

Don’t wear heavy make-up

This tip is for the ladies.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to use make-up to highlight your best features, you just need to make sure that you’re accentuating them and not covering them up.  Photos exaggerate everything, so that off-red lipstick you’re wearing can look fire truck red when you get your prints.  When you’re taking a picture a subtle shade of lip gloss and some light concealer can do wonders for your photo.

Don’t smile, laugh

Do you ever feel like your smile in pictures always manages to look to fake?  People can see the difference between a real smile and a fake smile pretty easily.  But since we’ve been conditioned to put on our biggest grins in front of the camera since we were in diapers, it can be hard for people to smile naturally in pictures.  Instead of stiffly smiling on your photo, try to laugh.  Candid shots always look appealing, and the smile on your face will be authentic and not plastic.

Correct your posture

Your teachers and parents weren’t lying when they said that a bad posture looks unattractive.  Slouching your shoulders forward isn’t just uncomfortable; it’s also a surefire way to look bad when you take a photo.  Slouching makes you look unhappy, and since you aren’t showing your entire body to the camera your photo is going to come out looking a little awkward.  When you’re taking a picture remember to keep your shoulders back and your spine straight.  This slight change in posture can work wonders on people having their picture taken.

Use the classic pose

Do you ever wonder how celebrities and models can look flawless in almost every photograph they take?  Photoshop and filters can help, but the reason why these people always manage to look stunning is because they know how to pose.  When you face forward your body tends to look wider, that’s why many celebrities and models slightly turn their body whenever the cameras come out.  Do you want to know the best way to pose when you take a picture?  Turn your body three-quarters of the way towards the camera, have one foot in front of the other, and have one shoulder closer to the photographer.