[note: sorry for the long post, I started typing and it all just came out]
Agreed with just about all of the above. In this particular shot, the pose, the camera angle, and the short distance from the camera to the model are all working against you.
Sandra03's note above about the length of the skirt is something I'd definitely think about; a knee-length skirt is going to make your legs look shorter. Try pinning up the hem of the skirt by an inch or two; I bet if you take one inch off the bottom of the skirt it'll make your legs look two inches longer. Not perfectly screen-accurate? Who cares, if it's more flattering to your body.
Work on posing, too; look up different pose styles that are flattering to your figure and body shape, and use them to your advantage. An experienced portrait photographer can help with this, but in a hallway snapshot you have to be ready to do it yourself. A pretty good rule of thumb is, "If you have two of them, they should be different." Feet, knees, arms, shoulders, elbows, hands. Some thoughts - note that NONE of these are hard-and-fast rules:
- Turn slightly away from camera, you almost never want your shoulders and hips square-on to the camera
- Put most of your weight on one foot or the other (usually the rear foot); let your hip "kick out" for curves.
- Bend your front knee in to overlap your rear knee a little bit; this will make even more curves and give the appearance of slimmer thighs
- Never leave either arm just dangling at your side; at a minimum, one hand on the hip and the other hand doing something else. For instance, THIS POSE
, she's doing something interesting with both arms/hands.
- Pull your elbows away from your body. Two reasons: 1. Some space between your arm and your waist will make both look slimmer; 2. if your upper arm is squished against your body, the upper arm will look flabby and fat. (note, this rule can be modified/ignored if you're trying to prop up "the girls" with your arm for a particular pose)
- Find some "stock" poses for the character, practice them in front of the mirror, make adjustments to flatter your figure, be able to replicate one of those poses when someone asks you for a quick hallway snapshot. Here's one
that's pretty fun
The distance from the photographer to the subject, and the height of the camera, are also important in getting flattering photos. I wrote a fair amount about it here:
(sorry, it's another long post, and a little more directed at the photographer than the model, but maybe you can glean some tips from it)