Whether you love or hate having your picture taken, there will always be occasions when someone points a camera at you. But knowing how to react means you can get a pretty picture you'll love every time. Adrian Brooks, an award winning media photographer, who has captured the likes of The Royal Family shares his advice in conjunction with Colgate® Max White Expert White™ toothpaste on how best to pose for that natural smile.
- Relax: The more natural you are the better you will look. Don’t try to force a look or expression that you think will make you look better – just be yourself. It's best if you look away from the photographer– imagine he or she isn’t really there and focus your attention on something or someone else. Genuine laughter will make sure your eyes as well as your mouth will be smiling.
- Everyone has a ‘best side’ so make sure you pose looking at the camera from both your left and then your right shoulder to see which angle suits you and flatters your best features.
- The view from above: The best way to achieve a good photograph is to make sure the camera is positioned above you which means your face tilts slightly when you look into the lens of the camera. This angle is a lot more complimentary then looking down, which can create lines and wrinkles in your neck and cheeks.
- Look around: What's around you can make a big impact on your smile so don't forget to check what you're stood in front of. Make sure you’re in a spot with good lighting, and if you can wear makeup that’s bright, or use deep colours such as red or purple on your lips this will help to enhance the whiteness of your teeth.
- Be confident: Don’t be afraid to show your teeth as a great, natural and relaxed smile can genuinely make a photo come to life.