Please Learn How to Take a Flattering Photo of Your Wife (2024)

Dear Husbands :: Please Learn How to Take a Flattering Photo of Your Wife

Like a lot of modern couples, my dear, sweet husband and I have a major recurring issue plaguing our marriage:

The man CANNOT take a flattering photo of me to save his life.

Now, selfies? He’s a master. He’s a good seven inches taller than I am, so he almost always gets the angle right when we’re scooched in close and both looking up at the camera. (Aka, no double-chins! *insert praise hands*)

But when it comes to taking a candid or posed shot of me with the front-facing camera from a distance, this is where he could use a LOT of help. It could be a solo shot of me, a group picture of me and my friends or family, a photo of me with our toddler, or an artsy picture of me in a scenic location. They almost always end up in the deleted folder of my camera roll.

Now, the man is not on any of the social medias, other than LinkedIn, and he genuinely doesn’t understand what “Instagram-worthy” means. I’ve done my best to teach him how to angle the camera so I don’t look like Jabba the Hut, how to time it so that he captures a beautiful candid moment that doesn’t seem forced, how to position me in the right lighting, how to spot a good backdrop, how to use Portrait Mode, how to get the baby to smile at him while I’m posing the two of us for a picture … In other words, I’ve tried my best to get him to think like me, but as you can imagine, that has been an epic fail.

Take these pics from a fun family outing at the playground as an example.

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Exhibit A: candid, juxtaposition in size between my husband and our toddling child, appropriate shadows, Portrait Mode, centered focus, flattering angle.

Exhibit B: multiple chins, no neck, giant upper body, chicken legs, huge feet, not ready for the photo, unflattering angle, child looking miserable and distracted, shadow being cast over us, weird craned neck, random houses in the background, awkwardly biting lower lip, need I go on?

As if you needed more proof, check out these that were graciously volunteered by our fearless owners:

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Look, is it so wrong that I want to have decent pictures of myself on my feed? Or that I want flattering photos of me with my child to look back on and appreciate? It’s not like I view myself as some beauty queen, but I can’t be THAT unattractive in real life! Why does he get to be the hot, photogenic parent, and I get stuck with most of the photos I’m featured in ending up in my phone’s virtual trashcan?

So husbands, if your wife sent you this link and you’re wondering what you could do to improve your photography skills, here’re a few tips:

  • First and foremost, listen to your wife’s directions on how she wants the picture to look. And by listen, I mean pay close attention to the words coming out of her mouth, ask questions if necessary, and apply what you’ve learned. Don’t simply smile and nod, only to realize you don’t know what she wanted when it’s time to hit the button on your screen.
  • Take it from a high angle that’s flattering, but doesn’t make the upper half of her body look gigantic compared to her lower half.
  • Make sure she’s ready and posed the way she wants to be for the picture.
  • Double-check that she’s ready to be photographed.
  • Get your child to look at the camera, or be quick enough to capture a sweet candid moment before a tantrum takes place.
  • Take note of the scenery around her and choose an appealing location. (Are there other people who are looking into at the camera or phone? Is there a dog defecating in the background? Is there an offspring mooning the camera? These are all scenarios you, the Instagram husband, should look out for.)
  • Think to yourself, “Would I want a picture like this of me posted on the internet?” If not, keep clicking. The more options she has to choose from, the less likely you’ll get in trouble later.
  • And lastly, there’s a good chance she’ll not be happy with the photo, regardless of how well you did, because of her insecurities about her body. Remind her of how a phone or camera could never truly capture her beauty.

My husband is the best man I know, and I’m very proud and even more thankful to be his wife and the mother of his child. But please, please, someone send my better half to Instagram Husband School!

Please Learn How to Take a Flattering Photo of Your Wife (2024)


How do I take flattering pictures of my wife? ›

Take it from a high angle that's flattering, but doesn't make the upper half of her body look gigantic compared to her lower half. Make sure she's ready and posed the way she wants to be for the picture. Double-check that she's ready to be photographed.

What is flattering in photography? ›

Shoot from slightly above. I find that shooting people from slightly above (especially if they're sitting) is more flattering that straight on. It slightly thins out the face. That's why we hold our selfies slightly above when we're taking them.

How can I praise my beautiful wife? ›

7 compliments you should be giving your wife instead of saying she's pretty
  1. “You're a great wife.” Of course she wants to be a good wife to you, just as you want to be a good husband to her. ...
  2. “You're loving.” ...
  3. “You're talented.” ...
  4. “I'm proud of you.”
May 16, 2017

How do I take seductive pictures of my partner? ›

  1. Lay down over a pillow or the arm of a couch.
  2. Arch your back.
  3. Chin up.
  4. Put your right hand in your hair.
  5. Eyes down.
  6. Straighten your right leg and bend the left.
  7. Place your left hand on your left thigh.
  8. Take a breath, and take the shot.
Jan 29, 2022

How do I look more attractive in photos? ›

How to Look Better in Any Picture
  1. Know your best facial angle.
  2. Employ pro face-lift tricks.
  3. Try out poses in front of a full-length mirror.
  4. Keep changing your pose between shots.
  5. Stay photo conscious.
  6. Act a little.
Mar 16, 2023

How can a man look attractive in pictures? ›

We asked our photography department to give us their best tips for men to look as attractive as possible in photos.
  1. Lets talk facial hair. Don't stop reading, nobody is forcing you to lose the beard! ...
  2. Keep your shoulders back. ...
  3. Don't be afraid to smile! ...
  4. Don't over-drink. ...
  5. Dress to impress.
Jun 22, 2022

What does flattering woman mean? ›

to praise someone in order to make them feel attractive or important, sometimes in a way that is not sincere: I knew he was only flattering me because he wanted to borrow some money.

What does your flattering mean? ›

adjective. If someone's remarks are flattering, they praise you and say nice things about you. Most of his colleagues had positive, even flattering things to say. Synonyms: ingratiating, complimentary, gratifying, fawning More Synonyms of flattering.

What does so flattering mean? ›

If you describe something as flattering, you mean that it pleases you and makes you feel important or special. It is all terribly flattering and she is trying to reply to every single letter personally.

How do I tell my wife she looks beautiful? ›

10 everyday ways to tell your wife she's beautiful
  1. Compliment her. Come up with several fun compliments to tell your wife so she won't ever forget how beautiful she is. ...
  2. Say something when she dresses up. Did she wake up earlier than usual to curl her hair? ...
  3. Hold her hand. ...
  4. Be physically intimate with her.
Jan 24, 2017

What is a sweet way to say wife? ›

Sweetie: A common nickname when you want her to pamper you. Sweetheart: A classic nickname that will never go out of style. Wifey: This is a popular and sweet nickname for the wife. Bumblebee: Perfect nickname for someone who is always busy and the life of the party.

How can a husband compliment his wife? ›

Compliments are best when they're specific

To compliment effectively, focus on a quality you especially value in your partner, such as 'I really appreciate how dedicated you are as a mother to our children. ' Or focus on a specific deed, says David Routt, a licensed professional counselor in Caldwell, Idaho.

How can I look more feminine in pictures? ›

Create Curves

They're what make most women feel feminine. Highlighting a female model's curves also has the added benefit of making the waist look more defined. In standing poses this can be achieved by having the model put her weight on her back foot. Add in a knee bend away from the camera and boom!

What makes a woman photogenic? ›

Sharp cheekbones, a square jaw, and other angular facial features make for attractive subjects in photography because they better capture the available light.

How to dress to look thinner in pictures? ›

Pick a well-fitting outfit

Even more important than the color of your clothes? The fit. Avoid boxy clothes that fall away from your body and widen you visually, and pick a tailored outfit instead, says Jenn. “Accentuate your thinner areas, like with a belt or dress with a cinched waist,” she says.

How do couples take good pictures? ›

Use a Tripod

A tripod is definitely Laurence's preferred way to get good couple photos of the two of us when we travel. It means we can set up the shot exactly how we want it, determine the composition, and also know that the camera will be stable.

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