6 Tips from a Fashion Photographer for How to Look Good in Photos

You don’t have to be “America’s Next Top Model” to look great on camera.

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER Aliza Baran (who shot all the subjects in our Spring Arts Guide) shares her expert advice on how to put your best face forward the next time someone offers to take your picture.

1) Watch your posture!

Grandma is always right about this one. Standing straight not only makes you look more confident, but it also lengthens your back, neck and chin.

2) Don’t know what to do with your hands?

Put one or both in a pocket. It relaxes your shoulders and gives you a carefree look that’s cool enough to belong in a lifestyle catalogue.


If having your photo taken stresses you out, it is probably showing. Give yourself a physical (or mental) shake to reset your body – it really helps.

4) Find some shade.

If the sun is directly overhead, try finding some open shade. Soft, even light is generally going to be the most flattering. 

5) Light make-up goes a long way.

Concealer, blush (one that doubles as a lip-tint is a bonus), powder and mascara have the ability to “wake” you up and keep shine at bay. 

6) Have fun with it!

Delete what doesn’t work and keep practicing what you like.

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s February issue

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.