THE MAGICAL ART OF
I’m illustrating this ‘How to pose’ blog with images from my recent engagement photo-shoot with Chris.
So how do stars look so damn good in every single shot? Well, for starters they take a LOT of photos to get the perfect one, but they’re also adept at knowing how to pose for the camera, selfie or otherwise. Sure they’ve got a team of hair, make-up and wardrobe gurus at their beck and call but trust me, knowing how to pose is everything.
Here are a few tips straight from my own experience. I used some of these at my own engagement photo-shoot and I loved every single shot. You don’t have to do all of them at once, but two or three at a time should do the trick.
Having your shoulders directly facing the camera is any easy way to look “broader”. If you turn one shoulder away from the camera, you’ll find the whole pose a bit more flattering.
If you press your arm against your body because you’re feeling tense, you might make your arms look bigger than they are. You just need to lift your arm slightly off of the body. Put your hand on your hip, in a pocket or hold your fingers together lightly. Then you’ll appear relaxed and happy.
This does wonders for your posture and really ups the confidence levels.
Don’t just leave them hanging! Put one hand in your pocket, or on your hip. Hold on to something like some flowers or your pet (or your partner if the shot calls for it!). Whatever you do, do something with them. If you’ve got pockets, use them! Ladies, you can use your hands to touch your face or hair. Boys, you can put a hand in your pocket or hold onto your jacket with one hand. Or vice versa if you so choose!
If I’m sitting, I tend to rest my elbow on my crossed knee, and rest my chin on my hand. Always try to be delicate with the hands touching the face – there’s no need to squish your face! Hold finger tips together as gently as you can.
The camera loves you, so lean towards it. Never lean backwards away from the camera. It feels a little strange at first, but it looks amazing. Leaning slightly forward from the waist also slims the waistline – bonus!
Tilt the head towards the camera (don’t throw it backwards, no matter how funny your photographer is being). This lifts the chin and expertly banishes any double chins.
Clothes make all the difference. Clothes that don’t fit never look good, whether they’re too big or too small. When choosing colours, it’s best to avoid any crazy patterns and colours, or colours that are too close to your skin tone (you don’t want to look naked!) Choose something that provides a nice contrast to your skin and enhances your shape. Focus on your favourite bits of your body. For example, I’m a little shy about my arms, but I reckon my legs are pretty good. So, I’ll wear long sleeves but maybe show a little (or a lot) of leg.
Goes without saying, really.
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