Know your best side

First glam tip!

It has been raining cats and dogs over Brussels, and that certainly does not make it easy to find glam ladies to street style… So instead, I would like to share with you a photography and posing tip that will help anyone to be better portrayed. It is quite easy, really.

Just know what is your best side.

Simply put, very few people have totally symmetric faces. Wrinkles, scars, freckles, birthmarks… often get in the way of the perfect photograph.

Now, while it is true that an experienced photographer may be able to assess your best side for you, doing your homework in advance and coming prepared certainly helps! Look at yourself in the mirror and check what side of yourself you are most comfortable with. Look for details that you may want to hide, or on the contrary, for marks that define you and make you unique. Today’s world often pushes us to go for some irrelevant perfection, as if airbrushed skin is all that mattered… You are who you are, beautiful in your own way. Be proud of that.

Here are two other common facts. One, when combing their hair, people who part it will naturally do it on their best side. Two, almost everyone has one eye slightly smaller than the other. In which case it is beter to put the smaller eye in front, and the larger in the back, to create more balance.

Self portrait: Hector Hurtado for graphility

 Practice what you preach

You may think my tip is easier said than done. So, what is my best side, you say? I choose left side, and here are a few reasons why:

  • Love it or hate it, I have a birthmark on my left side. I was born with it. Rather than trying to hide it, I prefer to think it is a distinctive part of me.
  • I have two ear plugs (piercings) on my left ear. I was not born with those, mind you. They are a conscious fashion statement, so I show them when portrayed.
  • When I was young, I got hit in the left eye by a tennis ball, no less. It left me no sight damage, lucky me! But, I believe that made my left brow slightly smaller than the right. Now, as I explained above, distance reduces things in size. Therefore, it is more adequate for me to put the slightly smaller left in front of the camera, and the slightly larger right in the back, to achieve a more symmetrical look.
  • I am ambidextrous for many tasks, but right handed when sparring martial arts. I figured my left side is what my opponent sees most, so why not go ahead and show it preemptively? The way of the Dothraki warrior, hahaha!
  • Last but not least, this study throws all photographic expertise to the wind and states that most of us prefer the left side anyway. So left seems like a good bet!

Your turn!

Voilà, I hope you found value in this little photographic jest, and will practice a little bit for those times when you will be portrayed. Remember, I do walk around, camera in hand, and will kindly ask you to street style your fashionable look, so be prepared and give me your best side!

Happy posing,

Hector

About Hector Hurtado

I'm Hector Hurtado, creative director of graphility. I design services, products, and experiences. I aim to create meaningful customer journeys and lasting, positive memories. Streetglams is our fashion outlet, a place where we celebrate creativity through individual style. Fashion, design, and photography are a match made in heaven, so if you love any of these, say hello at all times!

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