Nervous about your first photo shoot? maybe its your 100th, there are always things to learn as a subject that is being shot as far as posing goes. Below are some general guidelines you can follow in order to ensure a great shoot from your end. At the same time if you are shooting with an experienced photographer he/she will pose you in a way that will make you look the most flattering to the camera depending on what type of of shoot you are doing. My number one rule is just to have fun with it!
Make Your Posing Moves Look Natural
When preparing for your photo shoot, there are numerous steps you can take to ensure you are comfortable while posing and your photos will look more natural. Mostly, this comes from experience in front of the photographer’s camera. The more you practice and set up photo shoots, the more your posing will appear as if you just “walked into the picture”.
Get Posing Ideas from Other Sources
Before you head to your photo shoot, pick at least ten good modeling poses you really like from fashion or glamour magazines, or poses you’ve learned from previous photo shoots. Take time to practice each pose in front of a mirror until you feel comfortable and have the confidence of knowing you look great doing these poses.
Hands and Facial Expression
Also, focus on what to do with your hands and pay attention to facial expressions. A pose is virtually dead and unimaginative without a “look”. You should be able to close your eyes, imagine a thought, open your eyes and sell that thought. Practice this technique and your photos will come alive.
Become an Idea Factory
Unless you are shooting for an advertising agency or some other type of special interest session many photographers recommend that you bring some of your own posing ideas to the shoot. In addition to your ideas, the photographer may have his or her own idea of how the session should go. The secret is, once you’ve learned a brand new pose, keep the photo seperate so you can look at it later in your daily practice session.
Build Rapport with Your Photographer
Always work with a photographer you feel you can trust. This will make communication between the two of you easier and give you the confidence to express your own ideas. Always listen to what the photographer tells you. If you are really uncomfortable with the pose, let your photographer know how you feel, in a nice way. Remember, he is looking through the camera lens and might see something you don’t.
If the photographer says she wants something different in the pose, try looking away from the camera or giving a unique facial expression. This is where your practice in front of the mirror really pays. Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there’s more to posing for female models than you may have first thought. But, just take one step at a time and you’ll be amazed at how fast you will learn new poses and add them to your idea file.
Posture for Model Posing
When posing you should always keep good posture unless the photographer instructs you to do otherwise. Hold your stomach muscles in to give your abdomen a more toned appearance. If you have gained a few pounds stick out your chin a little to avoid the appearance of a double chin in your photos. Relax your shoulders but bear down just a little. Back straight but not stiff.
Keep your fingers slightly apart and pointed away from the lens. Let your hands fall naturally into position whenever possible. Remember, you want to be yourself – on purpose. Now that you have learned what to do, consider these things you should try to avoid while posing.
Things to Avoid when Posing for a Photographer
Misplaced Body Language
Body language and expressions come naturally but the language you are projecting might not be what your photographer wants in a particular pose. You need to consciously focus on ways to prevent these habits while posing.
Don’t hold your breath during a pose. Stay relaxed and your photos will look as if you just happened to be sitting this way when the photographer walked up. In most pose situations you want your arms, legs, wrists, etc. slightly bent unless you are directed to do otherwise Most people don’t stand or sit with their arms and legs completely stiff. A good point to remember is, if it will bend, bend it.
Mona Lisa Smile?
Another posing tip to remember is that you don’t always have to smile. You should have a good variety of smiling and serious looks. But, sometimes you will want to give a large, openmouthed laugh. If you are supposed to be happy, look the part!
Your Eyes are the Windows to Your Soul
Don’t always look straight into the camera. When you cut your eyes to the left or right, you create an air of mystery. When you look up and away, you are annoyed. Tilt your chin slightly down and look straight ahead for a sexy look.
Beware of the Blink! If you have to blink, try to blink between exposures. This is not always easy, especially if you are working in a photography studio. Some models get into a habit of anticipating the strobes and start to close their eyes when the picture is about to be snapped. Get into the habit of not paying attention to the flash and concentrate wholly on the pose, your body language, hand position, etc. and your images will come out as you expect.
Be Bold with Your New Posing Ideas!!
Never be afraid to try out some of your own poses in front of your photographer. Most photographers are glad to hear suggestions and posing ideas from you.
How do You See Yourself in Pictures?
When you look at your final images don’t be critical of yourself. Find positive ways to improve your posing. Discover your strengths and weaknesses and shoot for the stars. I am certain that Tyra Banks still works on her appearance and her posing artistry even though she has achieved a degree of stardom. Shouldn’t you?
As your knowledge about posing for models continues to grow, you will begin to see how this guide to posing the female model fits into the overall scheme of your career. Knowing how your talent relates to the rest of the entertainment world is important too so study and practice hard.
It’s impossible to predict when knowing something extra about female model posing will come in handy. If you learned anything new about becoming a more confident model, you should bookmark this page demonstrating model posing tips so you can use them again. And, remember to practice every day in front of the mirror or maybe a friend’s camera if you are a beginner – it will pay off at the photo shoot!!