Photo posing is hard! I honestly feel like Ricky Bobby from the movie Talladega Nights, “What do I do with my hands?”. Standing in front of a camera did not come naturally to me, I’m pretty sure its not natural for most people. Since I’m doing pictures for Instagram on an almost daily basis, I’ve gotten a lot of practice in the last year. I needed a few tips on how to stand, how to hold my chin to disguise my neck, how to appear slimmer, and of course, what to do with those dang hands!
Lizann’s Favorite Tips
Some tips that I found helpful were to look on Pinterest for photo posing. Keep in mind that a pose with a high school senior in it may not look the same if you are a grown woman. I know I do Not have the flexibilty some of these children do! I also looked thru catalogs for ideas and I targeted ones that marketed to a more mature woman. If I was a young woman then I would have looked at catalogs or magazines that appeal to that age.
Learning how to pose my face to not show a double chin or the turkey wattle as I call it was hard! My instagram husband who takes my pictures is always telling me to look to the side. He must love me a lot because he never sees that loose skin hanging on my neck! A simple trick I learned was to jut your chin forward a little bit. I never fail to forget this and then remember it half way thru pictures. The pics with my chin out just a little are so much more flattering. Yes, it will feel awkward at first. Deal with it! It gets easier!
To appear slimmer, place one foot slightly in front of the other. This naturally tilts your hips to one side and will deceive the eye. I try to keep my upper torso straighter and facing the photographer. Resting a hand at your waist is great for starting out but try not to become to accustomed to that pose as you don’t want all of your pictures to be the same.
Smile! Trust me, the world needs more smiles. If you have a hard time with that, say money! Your eyes will crinkle a little at the corners and your eyes smile too! Do a fake laugh. Yes, I do this all the time, but most of the time it turns into real laughter. Ask your photographer to tell you a joke. Mine uses his best Austin Powers voice and tells me to “Work it Baby!”
The hands! Why are the hands so hard to figure out? My best advice for that is to hold something. Try holding a slim clutch purse or a smaller bag with an interesting handle. For an even bigger splash, pick up a gorgeous bouquet of flowers! Once you are used to being in front of the camera you’ll become more relaxed and you may not need those props as much.
The best tip that I have is to relax and have fun. Think happy thoughts. Take a few deep breaths. Let the tension in your arms and shoulders go. Then Strike a Pose!