How to Find the ‘Good’ Side of Your Face

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

Science will tell you that it is more than likely the left side of your face that looks most pleasing to the camera.  Why?  Here’s what the scientists say, per Time Magazine: “Our results suggest that posers’ left cheeks tend to exhibit a greater intensity of emotion, which observers find more aesthetically pleasing. Our findings provide support for a number of concepts – the notions of lateralized emotion and right hemispheric dominance with the right side of the brain controlling the left side of the face during emotional expression.”

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

To test if the left side of your face really is your ‘good’ side, do this one simple trick: hold up a piece of your paper and look in the mirror.  Cover the left side of your face, and then your right side.  Which side of your face has the most upturned features?  Notice especially at the corners of your eyes and lips.  This is your best side.  Are you a righty or a lefty?

A few more quick portrait tips:

  • Place the camera slightly above you with the lens looking down so that you don’t have a double chin.
  • Always extend your chin out slightly and lean into a photo so that you have a stronger profile and accentuate your jawline.
  • Tilt your head a bit (and notice I said a bit, not a lot).
  • Turn your body a little so that you angled with one shoulder to the camera, not standing straight on.  This is the most slimming pose.
  • Make sure that the shoulder facing the camera is pointed down.
  • Don’t make a duck face.  Seriously.  Don’t ever make a duck face.

Have a great weekend!

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams


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