How to Not Look Like a Preening Giraffe in Photographs
Posted May 30th, 2009 @ 8:06 pm PST

I attended a high school swimming reunion today, an all-day orgy of reminiscing and photosnapping with 400 guests. All was going swimmingly until a lovely friend pointed a camera at me and said, "Can you squat down or something?"

For the record: Nope.

I'm tall, and your photographs might indicate as much. Ask me again and I'll stand on my tip toes.

However, there were a few photographs in which I wanted to meld in--mainly in the group shots with former teammates, where sticking out would be attention-grabbing and obnoxious--and for this, there are a few good tricks:

Step Back. Pose with everyone else. Then take a giant step backward, away from the camera, so that you're standing behind them. In the photograph, it'll look like you're standing in line with everyone else, and at approximately the same height.

Also, stand up straight. Super straight. It sounds counter-intuitive, but nothing looks taller than a slouching tall person.

Lastly, when in photos with petite types, place their bodies partially in front of yours, to avoid Double  Wide syndrome--no need to appear double the girth of everyone else in the photo, even if that's the case due to your lovely tall-person waist.

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