female model poses

Female Model Poses – 5 Female Model Posing Tips You MUST Know!

In the world of photography there is nothing worse than shooting with a girl who has no idea about how to pose for pictures. But I absolutely LOVEĀ IT when the female model poses are natural and perfected!

I’ve done modeling portfolios for beginners and experienced women and there is no doubt that practice in posing does pay off.

Don’t skip this step in your career.

Female Model Poses

Female Model Poses

Learn Female Model Poses Before You Go to a Photo Shoot!

Picture this! During your photo shoot your beautiful body is draped with some of the most fascinating clothes you’ve ever encountered.

And, you know that you’ve made the big time – or at least your career in local modeling is starting to take off.

As a fashion model your job is to enhance this wardrobe and stun your photographer under the strobe lights with your amazing posing techniques! What do you do now?

Let’s Talk About Female Model Poses

You, like many other young women, dream about how to be a model and entering the world of high fashion modeling.

This goal might include working as the brightest new shining star for Elite, Ford or one of the other major New York modeling agencies, or maybe Miami.

This is no small goal but nothing is totally impossible if you are like this lady ..

She’s Got the Look!

Are people always telling you that you have a fashion model look and now you have decided to pursue modeling as your future career?

Before you take this giant step, remember that fashion modeling involves much more than just looking beautiful.

A major factor in becoming a success in the modeling industry is by learning to pose properly for fashion or other areas you’re interested in.

If you happen to be one of the few lucky women who has the instinct to move into female model poses naturally that’s great, but if not, read the 5 suggestions below and practice, practice, practice.

1. Practice Different Female Fashion Poses before Going to Photo Shoots

When you become a high fashion model, you may be offered a job modeling the latest in clothing, shoes, hats and other wardrobe accessories from top designers.

Be prepared for this job offer by practicing poses in front of a full length mirror with clothing, props and other products that you see advertised in high fashion magazines and on TV shows.

2. Focus on Body Posture

Always keep good body posture when posing for fashion photographers unless instructed otherwise. To give your abdomen a more toned appearance, hold your stomach in.

Position your hands where they will fall naturally and keep your fingers slightly apart.

Practice different ways of positioning your hands and tilting your head.

3. Practice Facial Expressions – Female Model Posing Begins with Your Eyes

Stay relaxed and pay close attention when giving different facial expressions. When posing, your expressions should be spontaneous.

Make your female model poses come alive by practicing how to give the “look.”

Learn this by closing your eyes, imagining a thought, opening your eyes and selling the thought.

4. Do Test Photo Shoots with Professional Female Fashion Model Photographers

Test shooting or Time for Prints (TFP or TFCD) can be very helpful for your future career.

You not only get professional pictures for your model portfolio, but you also get practice in posing and making expressions in front of the camera.

Choosing a Female Model Photographer for Your Fashion Shoot

If you decide to try the test shoot, choose a reputable female fashion photographer that you feel comfortable with.

Remember, it is very important to keep your portfolio updated and this is a great way to do this without spending a fortune.

Just make sure the photographer shoots the pictures you need which include:

  • Black and White Headshot
  • Business Shot
  • Strong Fashion Pic
  • Casual Shot
  • Swimwear Photo

5. Show Self CONFIDENCE with Your Female Model Posing Skills

Did you know that beauty is not the only talent clothing designers look for in fashion models?

They want a model that shows self confidence in themselves, because the confidence will also show in the clothing or product the model is presenting.

Your self assurance will shine through when you are posing for the camera. So, keep practicing by visiting photographers until you feel very comfortable under the strobe lights of the studio.

Build your self-confidence by studying and practicing. Learn to say “Oh Well, There Will Be Another Chance” when you are turned down.

One day the self confidence you have obtained will be the major factor in making your dream come true.

Show Them What You’ve Got!

Now, strut your stuff and show the fashion designers just what you have to offer them with your new found female model poses & professional techniques after you finish re-reading this advice.

I hope this tutorial will help you understand more about female model poses and how you can get the most from your modeling assignments and photo shoots.

Don’t stop here. Practice posing as often as possible to become awesome in front of the camera! – Bob Pardue


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