Photo by Glenn Francis
The essence of your career depends on manipulating your body in such a way that directly benefits the pieces you are modeling. Good model poses make your body look good, make piece of clothing or accessory look even better, and most importantly, make the photographer’s job easy both on the set and during touch up’s afterward. Incorporate these basic model poses within your repertoire to give your photographer your best look.
With your shoulders, hips and head faced squarely towards the camera, that’s the quickest way to look your heaviest and the fastest way to be forgotten. Get original with your body poses. Think in angles and shapes. Bend your arms, swing your hips and stand tall. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Practice, practice practice in front of a mirror before you go to your gig. Try forming different letters of the alphabet with your body. A classic “C” or “S” shaped pose can make you look professional even if you are just starting out.
Remember Your Face
Often, when you are working hard to make your body move in a position that is both graceful and meaningful, you forget your facial expressions. Model poses are not just about the body, but also about the expression, which determines the mood of a photograph. Again, practice different looks in the mirror: a sexy face, a happy face, angry, surprised, sultry, and even a silly look. Getting comfortable with your face will make it easier to strike a pose on a set.
Do Something with Your Hands
In real life, hands don’t flop around without a purpose; neither should they in a photograph. Utilize a prop or pretend something is there that you need to grab on to. Consider the shapes you are making with your hands to avoid stray fingers looking dismembered from the rest of your body. The photographer will be pleased when your model poses include your body, face and your hands.
Don’t Forget to Point Your Toes and Use Your Neck
Pointing your toes is essential in every gig. It easily and naturally creates longer extensions to your legs, making them look elegant and graceful. So whether you have a pose with your legs in the air or crossing them while relaxing in a chair, point those babies.
Also, no one likes a turtle-neck. Stop slouching and show off your neck. A scrunched up neck makes your look like you don’t have one at all which can become a real pain for the photographer to touch up afterwards. Throw your shoulders back, arch your neck and model proud! Confidence makes for the best model poses after all.