Today I want to share with you a few simple posing tips for the non-professional [i.e. anyone who is not a professional model… so basically all of us].
One of the things I like about these tips are that with a tiny adjustment, you can really enhance the look of a photo. So we’re getting a lot of reward for little effort. The American Dream, right? So without further ado…
Honestly, you can just hop in front of a mirror and practice these to see what I mean. Normally, I’ll have my subject at an angle and have them drop their front shoulder. It helps elongate the neck and brings focus to your face instead of your shoulder.
If you’re at an angel, let’s say 45 degrees to the camera, and your weight is on your back foot, bend your front let just a bit and point your foot toward the camera. It’s subtle but it will usually make your kneecap look like it disappeared and slim your legs.
I’ve learned so much from Sue Bryce, but this was one of my big take-a ways from her. Symmetry can absolutely work, but there’s something magical about asymmetry. Use those hips yo mamma gave you and swing a hip out to one side [extra tip at no charge… you can’t overdo the hip swing. It doesn’t look weird. It looks awesome… and if it does look weird, I will tell you. We’re those kind of friends]. Other asymmetry options, put one hand in a pocket while you use the other to brush through your hair. Drop one of your shoulders again. So many options! So many ways to get magical with asymmetry.
Moving helps. Unless you’re like me and your form of moving is just “talking” and then you end up with a plethora of unflattering photos where your mouth is open and your eyes are half blinking. It’s always weird… entertaining… but definitely NOT what we’re going for here. Don’t be afraid to talk, I’m not a dentist, but what I mean by moving is finding something natural to do. Can you walk around? Can you move? Even if it’s going from one point in the room to another and back again. Running your fingers through your hair is a great motion. Swaying back and forth works. The point is, you don’t get stuck in a pose and start to look stiff. Anyone ever try to hold a smile for way too long? All of us? Yes, you know what I’m talking about.
So start here. It’s okay if you don’t even remember all of these during your shoot. Don’t stress about any of these posing tips for the non-professional. Just try to pick one or two to focus on. I will always, shamelessly, encourage practicing in front of a mirror, so why not take a few minutes and try right now. How are these working for you? Do you have any other posing tips for the non-professional to share with us? Oh and if you thought I was kidding about talking while taking pictures… just feast your eyes on these babies!
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