Your pose will shape the look of your portfolio and it can thus make you or break you.
We will help you find the right pose for the right time and also help you train to master these poses.
We will be going through the basics of the poses. Even though these basics are already seen in brochures, on the TV, and online stores, they still are the classics and work really well with the different shoots that you will be going for. These poses are usually quick and easy and do not take much time to master. These are usually the ones which will come to your naturally.
You can add more elements to basic ones by looking in different directions like: right into the lens, over the photographer’s shoulder, to the left or right of the camera, even up or down
So here are the basic poses:
The Seated Pose:
There is a lot of room for versatility with the seated pose. You can express a lot through it. You can express your strength or your vulnerability through this pose depending on what you want.
A few things to keep in mind while trying to make this pose a success would be: be aware of the direction of the camera, the direction of your arms and legs. Make sure that the light is adjusted to fit this pose. Is the seat that you have taken comfortable enough? If not, make sure to make necessary adjustments to make yourself comfortable.
The Beauty Pose
This is the kind of pose that gives a closer look at your face. This would, in turn, mean that your expressions need to be perfect for this one. It becomes very essential to be in character to feel and express elegantly. So much rides on expression, perfect angle, perfect lighting and perfect makeup and hair.
You would want to put in some extra work on your expressions in this pose. Try to use your hands to add to your beauty. Use the shadow by pushing the jaw in different directions. Be careful of shooting from below as chins and nostrils can become too prominent, depending on face shape.
Adding your magic
Once you think that you have covered the basic ones, it will be time to try something new and step it up. You can now try poses that you thought were risky before. You can also explore new expressions.
You can try the following:
- Pop your knee, shoulder, or elbow
- Use your tiptoes to enhance your posture
- Laugh around a bit or show the cheerful and playful side of yours
Take some time to own it, give yourself time to be comfortable with the surroundings and what you’re wearing. Remember, getting into your character is a process and will happen in a given time, step by step.
Remember to keep a check on your fingers and your feet. Make sure while you are moving around, your face is normal or in character.
The other important factor that works well with the shoots is the balance in the pose you have. While it is necessary to flow into the theme of the shoot, you should also be aware of your body.