ADVICE: Posing for photos.
What do I do with my hands? How should I stand? These are questions I get a lot, and honestly, I think most of us feel pretty uncomfortable in front of the camera. Really, the most important thing for me, is that you enjoy yourself - as much as you can. To help, I will keep you moving and interacting with one another. I will also offer some gentle cues to help you look your best.
What do I mean by “gentle cues?”
I mean a couple of things. In addition to a few easy poses, I also use prompts to evoke movement or togetherness or laughter. These prompts help create real emotion AND help you feel more comfortable. Examples of prompts I use: walk away from me, pull your partner, family member, etc. along with you, hold hands, put your hand on their shoulder, kiss on the cheek, whisper something to your partner, etc.
Still want to know what you can do to look your best? Here are a few pointers:
- Posture, posture, posture. This is the single most important thing you can do to look better. Sit or stand up straight, and gently pull your shoulders back.
- Turn your body at an angle to the camera. (Your head should be facing the camera.)
- Put a hand on your hip to accentuate your waist and slim your arm. Move your elbow so it’s pointing behind you.
- Or try this: cross your arm across the front of your body so that your hand is touching your other arm at the elbow.
- With your body at an angle to the camera, let your weight fall on your back leg and point your front foot towards the camera.
- Cross your legs at your ankles.
- Want your upper arm to appear smaller? Instead of smashed against your torso, subtly lift it about an inch off your body.
- Push your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Sounds weird, but this will elongate your neck and reduce the chin.