Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about your family Christmas card photo! While it’s fun to exchange pictures with loved ones near and far, sometimes it can feel a little like a mini-high school reunion! When you’re sending a photo to old friends and classmates you might not have seen in years, you definitely want to put your best foot forward. Here are some tips:

Don’t procrastinate

Schedule a family photo session soon so that you have time to plan another one if you don’t get any pictures that fit the bill. Wait until December, and you’ll be stuck with whatever photos you manage to snap at the last minute!

Focus

Image consultant Holly Ernst tells Real Simple magazine that you should actually focus your gaze at the top edge of the camera lens. This lifts your eyes, making them appear wider and brighter!

Let their be light

Be strategic about your use of light for the most flattering affect. “If you’re not using a flash, be sure you’re facing the light source straight on, not from the side,” celebrity makeup artist and photographer Troy Jensen tells shopping and lifestyle website Refinery 29. “It should shine directly on you to clean out the face.”

Lift your chin

To avoid the dreaded photo double-chin, lift yours up and push it forward slightly, in a “turtle” movement that stretches your neck. You can also try holding your tongue against the roof of your mouth, which can make your jaw line appear more defined. Wish your neck and chin could look tighter all the time? Schedule an initial consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dwayne Lett, M.D. He can discuss your surgical and non-surgical options for reaching your personal aesthetic goals!

Practice

It may sound odd, but it’s a good idea to practice posing and smiling in the mirror so that you can determine your best angle before the camera starts flashing.

Stand up straight

Your mother was right — good posture really is more attractive! Hold your shoulders back and angle yourself slightly away from the camera to make you look slim and trim.

Try Botox

If you want to look subtly refreshed for your holiday photo, consider investing in Botox or other facial injections. These treatments can smooth your skin and improve texture, making you look years younger. To avoid putting your looks and health in the wrong hands, only consult with reputable surgeon like Dr. Lett. If you’re interested in getting Botox in Nashville, contact The Lett Center to schedule an appointment today.

Wear color

Everyone’s complexion is a little different, but typically color is most flattering in photos. White tends to wash many people out, while black can look a bit harsh. Be sure to also wear a complementary blush and lipstick shade.