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Be Picture Perfect Part 3 of 3

Welcome to part 3 of Be Picture Perfect. If you haven't seen parts 1 and 2 yet, you can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

The quickest way to look slimmer in photos is doing a technique Peter Hurley calls “Holding the Sub.”

One thing to note is that most people put their hands on their hips when posing for a photo:

Doing this is actually a bad idea, since it makes you look three times wider than you actually are.

Instead of doing that, Peter suggests to put your hands in your pockets (if you have them) and to put your elbows back.

This is a good start, but Holding the Sub is an even better technique to make you look slimmer.

Hold the Sub by holding your elbows in and arms up –just like holding a 12-foot sub.

For a more visual guide, look at the photo below:

This helps shave off an extra inch from your arms when taking photos, and this is made even more apparent on headshots.

Below is a clearer comparison of the three positions:

Hands on Hips

This is not very preferable, as it makes the subject look wide.

Hands in Pockets/Hands Down

Already, there is a clear difference and makes the subject look a bit slimmer.

Holding the Sub

In Peter’s own word: Boom.

The difference between the three pictures is staggering. It’s simple does wonders to making your frame appear slimmer.

But what if you’re not doing a close-up shot? What if you’re taking the picture from even further back? Is Holding the Sub equally as effective?
Fortunately, the answer is yes. This method still works, albeit with a little twist (literally):

Before the Twist

After the Twist

Peter demonstrates this, and shows that it works just as well on guys.

Guys want to show off their arms, especially if they’re jacked from working out. Rolling up your sleeves like this can work for you:

But once you Hold the Sub:

This flexes your biceps a bit more, and this instantly makes you more attractive.

For selfies, the principle remains the same:

When posing for a picture that shows your arms, always remember to Hold the Sub.

Absolutely loving Peter Hurley? Check out the complete video lesson here.

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