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Wednesday Wedding Tips: No Double Chin

There are lots of things I hear over and over again as a wedding photographer. The most popular is probably quoting Will Ferrell, “I’m not sure what to do with my hands.” A close second is, “You can just Photoshop that, right?” Yes, Photoshop is a powerful program, and yes, I can fix most things. Truthfully, though, I don’t like spending all my time fixing things. Instead, I try to fix things before I take a photo. One thing that is harder to fix in Photoshop is a double chin. Here are some tips so you have no double chin in photos.

Wednesday Wedding Tips: No Double Chin

A double chin is really caused by the skin around the neck is loose or squished. When you look down or bring your chin down, that makes the skin loose and it squishes together. The fix is to try to stretch out the neck as much as possible. All of these tips are different ways of making that happen.

Shooting From a High Angle

A lot of people already know this trick. If you watch most girls taking selfies, they will hold the camera up high. The reason this works is because when you look up at the camera, your chin goes up and stretches the neck. Unfortunately, the camera can’t always be really high up in the air. Let’s look at a few other tricks.

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Turning the Head

If the camera can’t be up high, try this trick out. Turn your body to the side and then turn your head back toward the camera. The twisting of the head will stretch out the neck and again keep things tight.

Wednesday Wedding Tips: No Double Chin

The Turtle Head

It’s hard to explain this one, but I’ll try my best. For this to work, you push your head foward, toward the camera without moving the rest of your body. The easiest way to explain it is to imagine a turtle pushing its head forward, trying to reach something. It feels really weird, but again, you’re stretching your neck out.

Tongue on the Roof of your Mouth

This is the last tip on how to avoid having a double chin in photos. This one can be combined with the rest of them, but it doesn’t really work just by itself. If your chin is down, this won’t fix the problem. Anyway, all you have to do is push your tongue up against the top of your mouth, and this should raise the skin on your neck up.

Avoid that double chin

People today have more photos of them than ever before, and that’s a lot of pressure. No one wants to look bad and have it posted all over social media. Try out a few of these tricks in your next selfie, and you should have no double chin.

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