Somewhere out in the world there are people who like to have their picture taken. Perhaps they are models, or just selfie-obsessed narcissists.
Then there are those of us, like me, who hate to have our pictures taken because it always is a depressing, illusion-destroying experience that instantly makes me resolve to go on a severe diet and begin an aggressive workout regimen. My passport photo, for example, makes me look like a cross between a homeless person and a bloated zombie whose had far more than his share of living brain tissue. It’s amazing that the immigration officers of any country, including the U.S., that look at the photo would allow me to enter.
Is there anything that can be done? (Anything, that is, other than actually losing weight and becoming more “toned” so that multiple chins aren’t evident when the shutter clicks?) Fortunately, according to professional photographers, there are some simple, immediate things you can do when you get your picture taken to make you look slimmer and therefore better. The pros say, for example, that you should stand at a 45-degree angle to the camera. Don’t squish your arms against your body. Stand up straight and don’t slouch. Be sure to wear dark colors.
And above all, keep your chin our and hold your tongue against the roof of your mouth, which is supposed to tighten your neck muscles and therefore reduce your multiple chin count. Having the photographer to take the photo from straight on, or from an angle slightly above your head, also is supposed to cut down on overexposure of that unslightly, bulging neck flesh.
So there you have it! There’s no need to actually work out — just stand ramrod straight an at an angle, keep your chin thrust out like Mussolini, and always appear with arms akimbo. Dodging the camera works pretty well, too.