How to look more feminine when posing in photographs. Tips and advice for crossdressers and transwomen.

Tips to Look Feminine in Photos for Crossdressers & Trans

Whether you're in a photographer’s studio or in a casual social setting, snapping the moments of life is reality, and we all need a reality check before those immortalizing photos are in fact mortifying evidence of beauty gone bad.

What we all need to understand is normal humans don't take decent natural photos. It’s impossible. Get it out of your head right now. This one of those subjects where we are all exactly equal no matter who you are or what you look like in real life. You would need a staff photographer with lighting and an ideal background every time a camera is snapped to look stunning in every shot. Without this luxury, there are two fundamental rules you must live by that will drastically improve your snapped silhouette.

First things first

Like your car's mirrors, objects closer to the camera will appear even larger! If you don't want it to appear larger, move it away from the camera.


Sit up straight! I know you've heard it a million times, but your mother knew what she was talking about on this subject. Even if you're tall or wider than the usual feminine shape, slouching isn't going to screen this in a snapshot. If anything, it will make it more obvious.

If you can remember those two rules, you’re gold. However, there are some proven tips to take you to platinum, minimizing other masculine or less than attractive features, and ensuring more successful phone selfies and social shots.


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Headshots are probably the most common type of photo. A friend of mine has a catch phrase he uses (in a less than nice way), but it’s applicable in this situation – “Fix your face!” That’s right, fix your face. We want close-ups, not close encounters of the third kind! There are very few circumstances where you should be photographed directly facing into the lens; the shadows created will sharpen and discolor the face, and the flash will wreck the natural energy in the eye. To correct this, stand slightly sideways and tilt the chin a little bit downward, and look at slightly above the natural eye line. Tilting the head down also minimizes any indication of an Adam’s apple. If there is a concern about the head tilt creating the illusion of a double chin, press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. It’s weird, but this trick elongates the neck and relaxes the jawline. Celebrities swear by this solution!

Full Body Shots

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Most non-close-ups are classified as a full body shot, and those can be as tarnishing to your self-esteem as a night of tequila shots is to your memory. To improve a full figure photograph, look into the camera with one foot planted in front of the other and your weight on the back leg, and your body positioned at a 60 degree angle with the arm closest to the camera placed on your hip. It’s a Hollywood trick to slim down the body and create dimension. If this seems too forceful, you can achieve the same slimming, and shoulder minimizing, effect by placing both arms in front on a clutch or other handheld item, or at your side slightly away from the body.

Posing with your legs crossed

If you're being shot head on while standing, crossing your legs at your calves will make your hips appear narrower and your legs longer. If you're sitting on a chair or a couch when someone comes at you with a camera, sit up straight and keep your ankles close together or cross your legs at the ankles. It'll be more flattering than not doing anything with those stems.

We can discuss clothing choices all day long, but if you're going someplace with that one friend who insists on documenting every move with her camera phone, express your opinion on the background and how the lighting or the color scheme clashes with your or other people’s outfits, alters your skin tone or casts weird shadows. If you're going someplace really dark, don’t wear black; you’ll become a bobble head. Sequins and large jewelry are also not a photographer’s friend; they reflect camera flash shadows on dark clothing and across make-up.

The last tip is being in control of the camera or the final images produced. Digital is forever, and photos capture our memories for a lifetime, and when you are photographed you should be able to recall a fondness for those memories. Now, go tell Mr. DeMille you're ready for your close-up, and lady, strike a pose!

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