So ladies...whatever is your hot button when you look at yourself in a photo, push it back or put it back away from the camera. I have heard it all, "my arms look big", "oh my hips!", "I don't like my legs". Position yourself so that the part you want to appear smaller goes further away from the camera. Grab your girlfriends & lean forward at the waist a tad so your bottom half is further away from the camera & your heads are closer. Give it a try next time you're in front of the camera & let me know if it made a difference.
This also applies to taking photos of your babies, put the lens closer to their head then say, their feet. If you can angle your camera a tad towards their head, it'll make a big difference in how they appear. Create the perspective you want people to see.