Tutorial Tuesday – Posing Yourself

It is possible that in giving out posing tips, I could make some photographers angry. If you know all the right poses, you won’t need to hire a photographer anymore, right? Well, not exactly. Having the right poses to make you look your best doesn’t automatically create a great photo. However, as we’re heading into short-sleeve, short-skirt weather and the height of wedding season, I thought it might be nice to give a few tips on how to easily get the camera to NOT add 10 pounds this spring. Some of you may be familiar with these tricks, but it’s always nice to have a reminder (I myself am a bridesmaid at the end of the month, and will be employing ALL of these for the big weekend.

This is the worst case scenario. My chin is up and it makes my eyes look narrow, which is not a good look for women. My arms are down by my sides, and they look shapeless and hide my form, so I look boxy and boyish. I’m also standing straight on to the camera, which is another no-no. 

1) Arms out from the body. Put your hands on your hips, hold a bouquet (fellow brides/bridesmaids), pretend you’re a mannequin.. the point is, don’t hold your arms directly down by your sides. Do it now – put your arms directly down by your sides, in front of a mirror. Your arms will automatically look meatier. When you hold your arms out, even the slightest amount, your arm muscle isn’t squeezed into your body, and you give your arms more definition.

2) Joints bent. This is in direct correlation with #1. Another reason not to hang your arms by your sides – arms hanging at your sides crush your womanly curves into a straight line. Congratulations, you are representing the lower case “l” in the 3rd grade school play. Holding your arms out, bending at the elbows, gives form to your figure. Even if you’re a “full-figured” woman, don’t try to hide it self-consciously behind your arms. It won’t be flattering. I know you practice posing in front of the mirror, and you know what poses make you look good and which don’t.

I purposely bent one arm in this one, so you can compare. While my right arm (your left) is lacking definition, looks blobby and awkward, the left arm is just slightly bent, which gives my arm and my torso both a little curve. The right side of the photo is much more flattering, but I’m still standing straight on to the camera, which makes me look much wider than I need to look on camera.

2) Joints bent. This is in direct correlation with #1. Another reason not to hang your arms by your sides – arms hanging at your sides crush your womanly curves into a straight line. Congratulations, you are representing the lower case “l” in the 3rd grade school play. Holding your arms out, bending at the elbows, gives form to your figure. Even if you’re a “full-figured” woman, don’t try to hide it self-consciously behind your arms. It won’t be flattering. I know you practice posing in front of the mirror, and you know what poses make you look good and which don’t.

3) Don’t stand straight on to the camera. Putting your shoulders directly in line with the camera can make you look boxy. Instead, tilt just slightly to your right or left. Give yourself some depth by putting one foot slightly behind the other, and put your weight on your back foot. This again helps with definition, flatters your figure and gives depth to the photo.

In this one, I’ve got both arms bent, I’m putting my weight on my back (right) foot, and my chin is down and out (see below).

4) Chin out and down. This is rather self explanatory, but it’s important to remember. Pushing your chin out helps get rid of double chins and neck wrinkles (I know I’m the only one who has these, but even still..), and putting your chin down just slightly makes your face look not quite so square, and looking up (because your chin is down) at the camera makes your eyes appear bigger and brighter, and make you look more “becoming.”

5) Relax! I’m so serious in these photos; that’s not flattering either. Remember to relax and have fun, most importantly. If you’re relaxed and having fun, the other steps will be easy.

 That’s better. 

 

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