Posing Tips for How to Look Your Best in Photographs

1) Do not be a “no-neck monster.” Try to elongate your neck for maximum extension

2) Do not be a limp noodle. Always pose with tension in your body completely from head to toe

3) Do not play it safe and stay with the same pose. Mix it up with innovative poses. Your wildest pose could be the one that’s picked!

4) Pull your hair back so that they can see your face and bone structure

5) It’s all in the subtle details. It’s important that the model move slow and sly, as big movements and gestures can have a negative impact. When you lock-in a strong pose, the last thing you want is the model to make a drastic change to her body or face. So it’s important to condition the model to make small steps and only slight differences in gestures.

6) Open The Mouth • It can set a completely different mood and photograph. With the mouth closed, the jawline clenches and adds extra weight to the sides of the models face. It also gives negative energy to an image, a bored neutral look. With the mouth slightly open, the jawline is elongated and gives a subtle intimate invite to the viewer.

7) Do not be forgettable. Make an impression by showing your distinctive personality!

8) Shake the concrete feet! In fashion photography, shoes are a crucial piece to the wardrobe. When you have to capture the full body and the shoes, implement motion. Get moving; jump, walk, lunge, and shake the heavy feet. An easy starting point is walking forward or pacing back and forth in a continuous manner.

9) Keep your hands loose and fluid. The term ‘ballet hands’ is often used in these cases. Don’t clump your fingers together and avoid showing the back of your hand. Why? Because backs of hands and big and ugly...sides of hands are small and dainty. 👋🏼

10) Follow your photographer's direction on where to look. Looking directly into the camera has limited appeal and doesn't work in a lot of cases. Look behind the camera, or into the eyes of the photographer. When asked to look a specific direction, have your eyes follow the direction your nose is pointing. Doing this produces a more honest and candid shot. It's also perfect for picking up eye color and catching light in the image.

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