How to Look Thinner Photo Tip #3: Use Colors

July 5, 2008
The Right Way to Travel

TIP #3 – Use Color Illusion to Slim Your Heavier Half
by Shelly Perry in Portland, Oregon

Warm colors, like yellow, orange, and red, project forward… and cool colors, like purple, blue, and dark green, recede in photographs.

So, the combination of a warm color and a cool color creates depth.

What does this mean?

Well, for starters, it means that if you’re trying to appear thinner, you should lean toward wearing cooler colors in your photos.

And if you're a little top- or bottom-heavy, you can use this color trick to create the illusion that you're equally proportioned.

For example, if you’re heavier on the bottom than on top, you can wear a darker color on the bottom, and a lighter color on top, or vice-versa.

Here’s an example in which the woman is a little top-heavy, so she’s wearing a darker color up top, and it flatters her figure well.


Notice, also, that she’s wearing a V-neck shirt, which elongates the neck, and her body is positioned at an angle to the camera, which is a very slimming pose.

[ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shelly Perry, from Portland, Oregon, specializes in people photography, what she calls documentary or lifestyle portraits.

She is known especially for her imaging of children. Shelly's concern for people is reflected both in her sense of purpose and the images she produces.  Her images have been seen all over the globe on music CD covers, books, magazines, catalogues, web sites, ad campaigns and even on TV. Her work has also appeared in several local exhibits and gallery shows.

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