A Learners Guide to the Perfect Pose
Posing for a picture can be difficult. We all have those images where we just look plain awkward despite how hard we try to look good. Why? Well sadly, it’s because our bodies naturally place themselves in a not so glamorous, photo worthy position. If you’ve had a professional portrait session before, then this concept would explain the awkwardness you may have felt while the photographer was posing you. Posing is just not natural! However, don’t lose all hope as you can still achieve a perfect pose by learning how to position these four regions of your body.
There are several ways you can style your hair. And going over every style just isn’t possible. For that reason, we are only going to discuss two generic hair styles: up and down. First lets talk about those lovely up dos.
When you pull your hair up, it exposes a great deal of your face. This can be both a wonderful and awful thing. Framing your face is important because it allows some of your better features to pop, while down playing others. Because of this, its important that you avoid slicking your hair back into a tight ponytail or bun. Instead, allow your hair to flow by making your up do a bit looser. Also, placing some strands of hair down and around your face is a good idea, as this will help frame your face. However, having your hair look good while up doesn’t always pan out, no matter how hard you try. For that reason, we highly encourage that you give a hair down style a try.
Not only is having your hair down easier to achieve, but it is also easier to maintain. Plus, it almost always looks great in a portrait because it frames your face beautifully. However, there’s still one crucial thing you’ll need to keep in mind while having your hair down for portraits, and that is placement. To make your hair look picture perfect, try to always have some of your hair placed over one of your shoulders, while keeping the rest behind the other shoulder. In some cases, you may be able to pull off having your hair over both shoulders instead. However, don’t ever have your hair behind both shoulders or directly on top of your shoulders, as this will quickly make your hair appear nonexistent or heavy and frumpy…
Naturally, we all want our face to look great in portraits. However, this can be difficult to do because placing your face perfectly is sometimes hard to achieve. But don’t lose hope just yet! With these three easy tips, that perfect placement can be attained with ease. First, lets go over that cute chin of yours. When taking a picture, it can be difficult to get your chin to really pop and show off that gorgeous jaw line of yours. To help avoid the appearance of a double chin and help maximize that slim jaw of yours, pull your chin slightly forward. Doing so will instantly define your chin and slenderize your face with the appearance of your jaw.
Next, don’t let your nose break your cheek line. This might sound odd, but this situation is a serious issue whether you are aware of it or not. Such a problem occurs when you over turn your face to one side. As a result, the tip of your nose goes past the line of your cheek. This will cause your nose to appear abnormally long. Of course, no one wants a Pinocchio nose. So to avoid this issue in the future, remember to only turn your head slightly to one side during your next portrait session.
Lastly, never let the whites of your eyes take over the show. What we mean by this is that when you turn your eyes too far in either direction, a huge chunk of your eye becomes white. Sadly, this is not flattering. In fact, it looks a little creepy… To ensure that your eyes look great, try to keep your gaze forward. Looking at the camera is not always necessary to capture a beautiful portrait. However, if you want an image of yourself looking at the camera, then try to only slightly turn your face to avoid making too drastic of a sideways glance.
Most of us enjoy looking slender or curvy for portraits because it looks appealing. However, as a result of being born in our own unique and beautiful way, we don’t all score those perfectly luscious hips or that tiny waist. But never fear! Anyone can appear to have a smaller waist or a bit more curves with proper posing. And here’s how you do it…
First, turn your body so that one of your hips is slightly closer to the camera than the other. Next, pop that closer hip to give it a little dimension. Lastly, turn those cute shoulders of yours so that they are facing almost parallel with the camera. And voila! You suddenly have those curvy hips and that tiny waist you’ve always wanted. However, if you would like to make your body look just a bit thinner and less curvy, then try elongating your neck. Doing so will give you that beautiful model neck and your body the appearance of being leaner.
Even the smallest of people struggle with arms looking far heavier in portraits than they would like. Why? Well unfortunately, it’s because arm fat is natural and essential for health. No one can survive on zero percent body fat. But we still don’t love seeing that chunk of arm in our portraits either, no matter how natural and healthy it is. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to hide this. By lifting your arms away from your body slightly, your arms will instantly slender. It’s as easy as that! Doing so will also make your torso appear smaller due to the open space formed between your arm and body. How awesome is that?!
Like arm fat, the appearance of your hands can also sometimes be unsightly in portraits. Unfortunately, we can’t completely change the appearance of your hands, but they can be improved by making your hands more fluid. You can achieve this look by relaxing both hands completely and allowing your fingers to curl slightly.
Well friends, you’re officially an expert at posing. Congratulations! And with the help of a mirror and a little practice, you will be posing like a pro in no time! If you’d like to put your posing skills to the test, then give us a call at (435)986-8272 and schedule a portrait session today! We would love to help you achieve that beautiful pose for your next wall portrait (:
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