For many people a photo session is a frightening process that makes them nervous and induces stress.
They are afraid it would be uneasy, unintelligent, uninteresting, unbeautiful, uncomfortable, and all sorts of other “un-”. It’s worth noting that you are frightened of this uncertainty absolutely in vain.
In this article I would like to give some advice of how to pose during a photo session, if you are an ordinary person without rich modeling experience.
Posing for a photo session.
Thousands of times I have heard from the girls: “I’m bad at posing, can you advise me, how to do it the right way?” Definitely, I will help you and show which pose is the most favorable for you, how to highlight your advantages and how to disguise your flaws, but, still, I would appreciate, if you take a closer look at the information given in this article and perceive it as the basis for development of our fruitful cooperation.
Today I’m going to speak about posing for the girls.
To begin with, an important psychological issue:
Please, no restraint or freezing!
Don’t worry that you might be doing something wrong or that you might have a funny and awkward look. You definitely don’t need to be shy in front of your photographer. I’m not less and sometimes even more than you interested in an excellent result.
So, choose the basic pose that is convenient and comfortable for you, with no risk of overbalance, and start your manipulations from it.
Start moving constantly and smoothly (it’s the key moment). It does not mean all your body should move at once, not at all.
It would be enough to move just the upper part of your body, your hands, your neck, and your head. To pose for a photo session imagine that you are moving in a leisurely plastic dance; your movements should be unhurried, light and gliding.
Your main goal is to move without stops. As soon as you freeze, you start worrying: how you look like, what is hanging down on your sides, how many wrinkles would be visible and think about other nonsense that can only come to a female mind.
You should obligatorily keep your back straight (it contributes to elegance), gather in your stomach (contributes to slenderness) and bring your shoulder blades together (contributes to the size of the breasts), well, in essence it’s the right time to remember a canonical quote “Tense everything!”.
How to Pose Correctly for a Photo Session?
You may play with your hair, smooth it, throw over from one side to the other, shake your hair and your head, turn sharply.
By the way, exactly for this reason, I always recommend girls to leave their hair down and natural instead of making a complicated hairdo and no pouring bottles of fixers on their heads. It would be nice to just add some curls to make hair look livelier.
What to with hands when posing?
Hands on the photographs are of great importance. They shouldn’t hang like limp noodles. You need to hold them symmetrically and keep in movement.
You can stroke yourself, when your hands smoothly move up and down the curves of your body.
Start from the area of your chest, then go down to the waist and hips, then return, embrace yourself, and don’t feel embarrassed to show that you love yourself and your body.
Please don’t think it looks weird (because it’s absolutely not like this) and don’t restrain yourself, just relax and enjoy the process.
Playing with clothes.
Playing with your clothes can also be added to the bank of ideas.
For this reason, for example, I advise to bring some accessories: neck-pieces, scarfs, gloves, hats, capes. That is why I love so much when girls come to a photo session in light airy dresses.
A photo session is not a typical day in your life, so why can’t we have a little holiday?
There is a special article about what to wear for a photo-shoot.
Why should you come in your everyday jeans, when you can afford something more interesting, something that looks so attractive in show-windows, but you don’t know on what occasion you might put it on?
It would be wonderful if you bring some beautiful piece of clothing which you can gracefully drape round your shoulders, fling over or take off.
Posing legs for a photo-shoot.
If you don’t wear heels, you will have to raise yourself on tiptoes. This trick will make your legs look longer, tense your butt and give some lightness and grace to the overall image.
Please don’t stand firmly and steady on both feet, try to shift weight from one foot to the other.
Turning a knee in will add emphasis to your waist and the shape of your hips.
While you are sitting, you should never face straight forward, otherwise you risk getting a “photo for passport”.
Always try to quarter-turn to the camera and don’t forget to stretch your legs to the side, while turning down the outside of the feet.
If you remain in a static pose (sitting, lying, standing), please don’t try to change it roughly every second.
It will be enough to add slight changes to your basic pose. Change your position in the same plane (for example, bend a little to the right or to the left), turn the body a little, change the position of your legs, shift weight from one foot to the other.
To put emphasis on décolleté area, you need to forward the upper part of your body, because, you know, the closer you bring the object to the camera, the bigger it seems, and, conversely, the further it is, the smaller it looks.
It can be also helpful to push up your breast from the sides with your elbows.
To sum up—break the ice.
You may take it from my experience, every person is pretty flexible and has a good mobility. Especially when it concerns the fair sex.
But some odd fears and restraint causes stiff, boring and unattractive photographs. No one in the world would blame you for excessive demonstrativeness while posing for a photo session. The people that are passing by see you for 2 seconds in their life, and in 5 minutes they won’t remember anything about you, so is their opinion worth your nerves?