Ugh bodies. Love them or loathe them, we all have a body. And many of us have a daily battle with our thigh gap, or bingo wings, boobs that aren’t quite what they used to be after having kids…you name it, if it’s on your body and you don’t like it, you’re likely to be hyper aware of it. Especially when someone points a camera at you. But is this a reason to not have a family photography session? Hell no! I’ve put together a handy list of photography posing tips that should have you doing your best Marilyn in no time, rather than panicking and swapping real food for aloe capsules before a shoot.
I’ve had brides tell me about their double chins, mothers of brides refuse to be in photographs. It’s normal to be nervous, and I’ll always try to deal with nerves first. But what about all the things we dislike about our bodies? What if I told you that simply by posing differently, you can drastically improve the way you look on camera? As a mum myself, I regret hating my body so much that I missed out on opportunities to get in front of the lens with my kids. I have no pictures of me when my kids were little babies because I was so disdaining of this body that had achieved something so powerful. I should’ve embraced the changes in my body. I’ll be straight with you: I do not edit out whole parts of your body. Instead, I’ll do my utmost to get you at your best angle, to teach you ways of standing that suggest a narrow waist and perfect posture.
PHOTOGRAPHY POSING TIPS – NUMBER 1: POSTURE
It’s the simplest change that has the most dramatic impact. Shoulders back, chest out, tummy in, chin up. Mannequins do it, actors on the red carpet do it. Try it.
PHOTOGRAPHY POSING TIPS – NUMBER 2 : CHIN(S)
Big, slim, whatever, it’s actually really hard to not have a double chin
sometimes, and it has nothing to do with the amount of chocolate biscuits you’ve eaten. You know those awful pouty selfies taken from above? They’re popular for a reason. Pouting brings our lips together, sticks the chin out and reduces the appearance of extra chins. Please don’t do a pouty duck face selfie during a session… But do think about it. Get photos taken from an angle that slightly looks down to you, and do lift your chin and elongate your neck.
PHOTOGRAPHY POSING TIPS – NUMBER 3: ARMS
My arms suck. Truly. I can get my waist as thin as I like but my arms, formerly strong and muscular, sit like flabby salamis my sides. At least they do if I hold them close to my body. However, if I hold them just slightly away, with a hand on my hip, they look shapely and feminine and soft.
PHOTOGRAPHY POSING TIPS – NUMBER 4: WAIST
Marilyn Monroe – the ultimate poser – was not a skinny lady. As a slender hourglass she had a round bum, big thighs, shapely arms and a good chest. And she always, always looks like the model of feminine beauty in any posed photo. What was her secret? You never saw her straight on, or side on. She was always somewhere in between. This is a powerful tactic deployed on every red carpet, by every clothing store mannequin, in fashion magazines and at the end of catwalks. So, stand tall. Think about your posture. Chest out, shoulders back and turn your body 45 degrees away from being head on. Put more weight onto one leg, and bend the other one slightly at the knee. See the curvature of your back, bum and legs emerge as your waist cinches inwards. And voila.
PHOTOGRAPHY POSING TIPS – NUMBER 5: SMILE
When you smile, the world smiles with you. The best smiles are genuine
ones, and as a photographer I always try to make my clients give me genuine smiles by being silly, playing games and making them laugh. A really effective way I’ve found to do this is getting everyone to do their
cheesiest rictus grins and then waiting for them all to start laughing. Works a charm.
What do you think? Do you have any more photography posing tips to add? Comment below or join in the chat on my Facebook page