Getting Ahead with Posing for Photographers

posing for photographersI know from experience that sometimes models get a bit edgy when posing for photographers (me).

This is understandable, especially with new models starting out.

But, did you know the more you learn posing and practice the less nervous you’ll be? These modeling tips should help.

You want to be the best model you can be.

With that said, you might even want to go further and work for one of the biggest modeling agencies like Next Model Agency New York or maybe Elite.

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Hopefully, this section of learning some model posing tricks that will get you just a bit closer to your goal. Let’s get started. …

One very important factor in becoming a good female 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 Poses 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.

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Before you head to your photo shoot, pick at least ten 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.

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 Idea Oriented

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.

Build Up Good Rapport When Posing For Your Model Photographer

Always work with photographers specializing in modeling pictures and 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.

Posing Includes Good Posture

Other modeling poses tips can include keeping good posture throughout the photo shoot unless the photographer instructs you to do otherwise.

Hold your stomach 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.

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. Okay, now that you’ve learned what to do, consider these things you should try to avoid while posing.

Mistake: Not Using the Right  Body Language in Poses

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.

Secret Posing Tips for Models – The Smile

Smiling is among the other modeling posing tips to remember–  you don’t always have to smile in pictures.

You should have a good variety of smiling and serious looks. But, sometimes you will want to give a large, open-mouthed laugh. If you are supposed to be happy, look the part!

Eyes — 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 sexy look.

Do You Have a  Blinking Problem?

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 Poses!

Never be afraid to try out some of your own poses in front of your photographer. Most photographers are glad to hear suggestions from you.

How do You See Yourself in Modeling Poses?

When you look at your final images don’t be critical of yourself. Find positive ways to improve your pose in each situation.

Discover your strengths and weaknesses and shoot for the stars.

If you plan to work in jobs for any of the local or international commercial agencies you’ll need to be a quick study in poses for photographers.

Many agents and photographers will help teach you how to model pose but it’s still good to be comfortable in front of the camera.

I am certain that Cocoa Rocha still works on her appearance and her posing artistry even though she has achieved a degree of stardom. Shouldn’t you?

Finally, I hope these model posing tips will get you started in a lucrative modeling career – now get to it!

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See you next time you come by! – Bob Pardue

If these tips for posing for photographers helped you, it’s time to move to the next level. There’s a great book available for posing over at Amazon called “101 Modelling Poses“.



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