We’ve gathered intel from your favorite influencers’ social media accounts to share with you the top foolproof tricks on how to create pro-quality content and style your smile like you are already Instagram famous.
1. Find an Insta-worthy location
Location, location, location! Head to an Insta-worthy spot to snap your smile.
We recommend Instagram-worthy cafés, the beach, or in a pretty park or botanical garden.
And, don’t overlook a well-lit room in your home. You can fake a great location with good lighting, editing, and angles.
If you’re camera shy or self-conscious about striking a pose in public, head to your favorite place during their less popular hours as indicated on Google Maps.
2. Light it up
Ask any influencer what the key to a great photo is, and they’ll tell you it’s all about finding the perfect lighting.
Natural light is the most flattering, especially “golden hour” light at dawn and dusk.
Soft diffused lighting can be achieved indoors as well. If you’re taking your own picture, stand in front of a window and snap away.
If you’ve managed to persuade a friend to snap your smile, simply instruct him/her to turn their back to the light, so that you are facing towards the natural light.
Remember, if you’re not using your phone to take photos, check that your camera settings are suited to the lighting you’re in.
3. DIY (The Selfie)
The selfie might not be for everyone. But for those who embrace it, it is an excellent way to capture a more natural image that reflects the emotion of the moment.
It’s fuss-free and can be super fun.
And who says a self-portrait can’t look professionally taken, especially with the improvements to cameras in smartphones.
To start, quickly check your hair, makeup, and smile to make sure it’s photo-ready.
Then, turn your body towards the natural light, as mentioned above.
Angle the camera slightly above your sightline and pointed down at you.
Now you’re ready to snap your gorgeous shot!
4. Make photos more APPealing
Once you’ve captured your image, you can take it to the next level with an editing app.
These days there are tons of great editing apps on the market to choose from.
For beginners, focus on the basics such as exposure, saturation, and contrast. Once you get the hang of things, you can explore other tools like grain, fade, shadows, highlights, and even the healing tool to remove unwanted distractions in the photos. To mimic the pros, choosing a filter that makes your photo pop is key.
5. Flash those Pearly Whites
Your smile is the accessory that matters most, and can make or break an otherwise perfect photo!
Do like social superstars, and make sure that your pearly whites are bright and healthy.
Quickly brush your teeth or use some mouthwash before a photo shoot, and for the best result, try a good quality home whitening kit.
The right shade of lipstick, stain, or gloss, can also plump up your lips and make your teeth look even whiter- just look for a hue formulated with a blue base.
Don’t forget to be yourself and let your personality shine through in your photos.
Follow these tips, and before you know it, you’ll be a real pro!