How to stand for prom pictures

Written by steve ungrey
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How to stand for prom pictures
Taking good prom pictures can be done in different ways. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

They are photos that will last forever. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how your prom pictures turn out. There are different ways to take prom pictures and show off yourself and your date. Depending on if your date is a romantic interest or just a best friend, you can look like you're deeply in love or just ready to have a good time. Taking good prom pictures doesn't take much preparation, especially in this age of digital photography. There are several chances to get the money shot. Good photos don't necessarily involve boy and girl pictures. Sometimes the best shots are solo or with your male or female friends.

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    Look like a celebrity. Pretend you're arriving on the red carpet and there are a thousand flash cameras lighting up your face. Instead of looking into the camera, turn slightly to the right or left, depending on which side is your most photogenic. Smile and have a good time. Show a little leg by pointing your foot out in front of you. Boys can have just as much fun. Stand to one side and do something playful. Put your hands on your hips. Give the camera a thumbs-up gesture. Show off your smile.

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    Make individual photos fun by doing something different. If you're posing to the side, rest your hand on your waist and curve your arm. If you're posing straight on, flare out the hem of your dress so you can show that off. The goal is to do something that does not make you look like you're not having fun. If you're sitting down for the photo, don't slouch. If you're female, look more elegant by crossing your legs and placing your hands on one knee. It wins you style points and makes for a memorable photo.

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    Face each other if your photo is a boy-girl picture. Regardless of whether your date is a friend or something more, it gives the impression you're actually having a good time if you can at least look each other in the eye. Depending on how intimate you are with your date (best friend or much more), you can even do something more with the picture. Wrap your hands around each other's waists or backs. Lean in so your heads are touching, like you're going to kiss. Your faces can still be seen, and it looks like you're really having a nice time.

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    Smile. Anything less than a smile gives an impression that you're not having a good time. Prom is an event you'll remember forever, so when you look back on those pictures 10 years later the memories will instantly flood back. Even if your date turns out to be a dud, you still have friends around that can bring a smile to your face and make it a memorable night. Showing white teeth and a broad grin on your face gives the impression that the night is perfect, even though there may be a few flaws.

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