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How to Take Prom Pictures Like A Professional

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Pictures are a major part of prom night and naturally you want them to be just as perfect as the dress or hairstyle you chose.

The problem is that in most cases, photo ops put the best of us under a lot of pressure.

It is almost impossible to completely remain in your comfort zone during a photo op.

You feel under a lot of pressure to capture the “right” side of you on prom night

especially if you consider the fact that these photos will be shared on Facebook and Instagram.

The fact that you may want to keep the pictures for a while is also added pressure to get the right pose.

The key to great poses for prom photos is planning ahead.

Here are a few pointers in the right direction to help ease the pressure.

Get Inspired

There are lots of places to find pose ideas to borrow from.

The best one by far is Pinterest. Scour Pinterest for prom pictures to get ideas on how to strike the right pose.

While on Pinterest, be sure to look at photos from other occasions not just Prom pictures.

You never know what might inspire you.

Get to Practising

Once you have a handful of poses that you consider ideal for you, practice.

Like everything else, you are not going to simply nail the pose on D-day. You need to be familiar with it.

Practice in front of the mirror or better yet have your friends or family take pictures.

It may feel weird but in the end you will help you feel more comfortable with the pose before prom.

Look at your History

If practicing your pose in front of the mirror is too weird for you, try looking at some of the great pictures of yourself you may have.

Look at the various aspects about the photos that make them the best you’ve ever taken and the try and replicate those during the prom photo ops.

Ask your photographer for Candids

The best photos are the ones that you didn’t know were being taken.

Most of the time, this is because you are just being yourself and are actually not worried about striking the “right” pose.

Whether you are going to be using a professional photographer or your parents, be sure to talk to them about candids.

Correct body angling

The rule of thumb for great photos is to always make sure that your body is angled to the centre of the shots.

This works whether you are posing in a group or in a single-person photo.

Slightly angled photos look good on everyone in contrast with straight-on photos that tend to make you look wider than you really are.

Show Affection

It is very important that your photos don’t look “forced” in any way.

The one way to ensure that the photos you take look genuine is to show affection.

Smiling for the camera will not only make you look very good on the photos but will also convey the message that you actually like who you are with.

Of course, there are certain instances when you are with someone you don’t like in a photo op. in this case,

try as much as possible to look happy; don’t let them ruin your photos.

Include the Group

Group photos always look very good especially when you like the people in the group.

Aside from adding to the affection factor in making a photo look great, a group tends to take some of the pressure off you.

Within a group, there is the chance that you will be more yourself and not worry too much about having a camera pointed at you.


If it is possible include you parents in the group photos. It is a great way to get them to be a part of your big day.

Whatever you decide, it is important that your photos reflect the real you.

Therefore don’t overthink this. Prom is about you having fun with your friends.

Prom pictures should reflect that fun and friendship as much as possible.

You don’t want to look at your prom photos 20 years from now and not be able to see the joy the day brought to you and your friends.

As long as you are having fun, your photos should turn out just perfect.


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