How to Smile Better for Pictures: A Guide


Pictures and photos are precious emblems of our favorite memories. People we love, places we have been, and periods of our life can be perfectly encapsulated on film. And that is why there is nothing worse than when you hate how you look in every single picture.

We have some tricks for conjuring a perfect smile next time you are in front of a camera. Whether it is a selfie or a professional headshot, these tips can help you look your best. Keep reading to find out how to smile better for pictures!

Try to Relax

You look your best when you relax and smile a natural smile. This won’t always be a big toothy grin. 

If you are wondering how to smile without teeth, close your eyes for a second. Focus on relaxing your facial muscles. Then open your eyes at a medium pace and smile in a way that feels natural.

This will help you achieve a smile that doesn’t appear strained or fake. If your natural smile includes your teeth, that is great! One of the advantages of Invisalign and other orthodontic work is that your natural smile will show off your beautiful teeth.

Find the Right Angle

The angle can make a huge difference when you are trying to take a good picture. If you have any control over the angle of the camera, try to position it slightly above your face.

But the angle of your face is the most important. Try to determine which side of your face is more aesthetically pleasing. Most people’s faces are asymmetrical, meaning that one side takes better photos than the other.

For instance, if one of your eyes appears slightly larger when you smile, that is probably your better side. Angle your best side 30 degrees toward the camera.

The angle you choose will drastically affect how your face looks. A lot of people ask how to smile for pictures with a round face. If you want to slim your face, do not suck in your cheeks!

Instead, drop your shoulder that is closest to the camera. Then push your tongue to the back of the other side of your mouth. This automatically tightens your facial muscles and gives you a glamorous jawline.

Work On Your Squinch

What is a squinch? You may not have heard the term before, but you have definitely seen the results.

Squinching is when you squint just with your lower eyelids. Pretend that you are focusing on someone far away. It is a slight movement, but it adds a movie star smolder to your smile that will make others envious.

Practice your squinch in front of a mirror. When you nail it, you will look confident, attractive, and photo-ready. This is a great look whether you are taking a cellphone photo or getting a professional headshot.

How to Smile Better for Pictures

Knowing how to smile better for pictures is the key to getting the perfect photo. Photos capture our favorite memories, so it is important to look good in them. By following these tips, you can be happy with how you look in images for years to come.

We have plenty more hacks that will make your life easier. Visit our Beauty & Style section and keep reading!

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Ajis Prithvi
1 year ago

I think faking a smile is not correct but yes we should try to give our best expressions to the photo.

1 year ago

Smile naturally like the way you does always but its not a bad idea if you wants look better for pictures and smile in different pose. Thank windows alarm to your ideas and tips.