Last weekend, one of the many fascinating people I met was a former model. She was distractingly, intimidatingly beautiful…but very approachable.
I mentioned my blog and the fact that I have, like 2 poses, and asked for advice on changing it up a bit. Since her advice applies to anyone being photographed I thought I’d share her words of wisdom.
In a nutshell, here’s what she said:
- Don’t face the camera straight on. You’ve all heard the adage that the camera adds 10 pounds, yes? Pictures are flat images, of course, so a straight on picture will make you appear wider, hence the 10 pound “weight gain”.
- Looking good in print is about the angles. Turning slightly to one side of the other and having one hip higher than the other will present a slimmer image. Look at actresses posing on a red carpet. They, almost without fail, face slightly to one side, with most of their weight on one foot, the other leg slightly bent, hand resting on the hip. It’s a common pose because it’s an effective, flattering pose.
- When it comes to your face, think up, out and angled. Face slightly away from the camera, with your jaw tilted up but your chin down. Light will create shadow and structure on your face, producing a more interesting image.
Her best advice was to relax, have fun and play with different poses. She said most models have a signature pose but they know, through trial and error, how to make the most of their assets and downplay their weaknesses.
So, guess who’s been posing in a full-length mirror all week like a teenaged girl? I might find another pose out of all this practice!