How often do you see a photo of yourself, and instead of thinking What a fun night that was or I love how my hair looked, you just think yuk? Even the most confident people don't relish having to pose for a photo, especially when the person taking the picture is only armed with a smartphone camera and doesn't know your favourite angles.
But, feeling intimidated by the camera can only make the images worse. Dave Benett knows a thing or two about taking a good shot—the photographer has been capturing the red carpet and party scene since the '70s and has a portfolio bursting with A-list names.
According to Dave, there's a surprising psychological reason we don't like photos of ourselves. "It's simply because we're used to seeing ourselves as a mirror image. So suddenly, in a photo you look different to how you expected. Psychologically it’s quite jarring. But you can educate yourself out of it."
Dave's main tip for looking great in photos is to relax and feel comfortable, which will come through in the final result. But if you want to take a really flattering photo? "I always say don’t pose flat on to the camera, particularly if you haven’t got an hourglass figure, the trick is to give a bit of an angle."
Our favourite celebrities tend to look amazing on the red carpet—it's their job after all. But with Dave's trick in mind, we realised that many of them angle their body ever so slightly which creates a slimmer silhouette and looks more relaxed too.
Click through to see how our favourite A-listers strike a pose.
With Karlie Kloss's enviable genes, it's hard for her to strike a bad pose, but tilting her hips ever so slightly adds a natural sense of movement to her statuesque silhouette.
If you don't want to smile, then don't. According to Dave sometimes a sultry look can be better than a smile.
A sheer wash of blusher or bronzer high on the cheekbones can help accentuate their angles, just be careful not to use too much and be sure to blend.
Looking over your shoulder with your back to the camera is a bit much away from the red carpet, but a sweet side shot à la Amy Adams will show your slenderest side.
If, like Lily-Rose Depp, you've got legs that you like, you should put your best foot forward and show them off. But, says Dave, avoid following in Angelina Jolie's footsteps and taking too wide a stance.
Lupita Nyong'o always brings something special to the red carpet, but it's her arms in particular that inspire us to keep pushing in pilates. She knows that a softly bent arm is much more modern and flattering than a stiff impression of a teapot.
Don't shy away from a close-up. To find a flattering angle like Alexa Chung, tilt your chin down and to the side ever so slightly, but avoid showing too much of your profile.
Wearing your hair swept back off your face can help show off your bone structure. Be sure to keep a bit of soft volume at the roots, like Shailene Woodley, otherwise it can look rather severe.
Keeping your ankles together looks neat, and will create a nice straight line. Holding your bag slightly in front of your body, like Sienna Miller, is a natural way to create a good line with your arms, but be careful of grabbing it too tight, lest you look awkward.
What do you think? Have you got a favourite pose for photos?