One key to a successful modeling career is learning posing techniques and positions. This tutorial is for new female models.

But, experienced women can benefit from step by step posing videos and other methods. So, read on to discover secrets of model posing.

Some of the situations I thought were settled long ago are actually still being openly discussed in the modeling world. Posing is just one of the topics.

secrets of model posing

secrets of model posing

Whether you are searching for a career in fashion modeling or maybe glamour, it is very important for you to realize that there is more to becoming a model than just standing there looking beautiful.

What are the “Secrets” of Model Posing?

In this simple guide to posing the female model you’ll discover the secrets of model posing. You’ll learn the difference between the portrait pose and the look and feel professional models portray.

One very important factor in becoming a good model is posing, and in order for you to learn the different poses needed for the type of modeling career you are seeking it will take practice, practice, practice.

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.

Posing 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 separate 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.

More Than Meets the Eye..

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

model posing tipsWhen 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.

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 sultry look.

About Models Who Blink

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. I know I am!

I cover more about this and other modeling tips in my newsletter. You can get it along with a free gift here.

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 Naomi Campbell still works on her appearance and her posing artistry even though she has achieved a degree of stardom.

In fact, Coco Rocha published a complete book of poses for models to follow. Shouldn’t you practice yours?

Knowing how your talent relates to the rest of the entertainment world is important too. So, study and practice hard.

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