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Posing 101: The Stylish Woman’s Guide To Achieving The Picture Perfect Pose

Posing for pictures has always been an art, or a skill.. One not only set aside for models and celebrities anymore- in the fashion industry, posing is indeed a skill that elevates images for better marketable value. The world has not been more superficial than it is now in this Millennial generation. Everything has to be on Facebook,Snapchat or Instagram and it has to be with the perfect shot!

So what does an everyday woman do to fit in?  Have you ever ‘stood’ for a picture with friends and you find out you were the only one who looked bland in the photo?  Well,  unless you didn’t get enough sleep the night before,  it may just be that you have not yet learnt the art of posing for the camera,  taking into consideration the angles,  positions and perhaps even the lighting.  Some are so skilled they are able to take all this in and still strike the perfect pose in just seconds!

Art by Stephen Lawson

Unflattering photos happen to the best of us. The camera really does add 10 pounds. Here’s how to hack camera angles to look thinner, avoid the dreaded double chin, and end up with an ultimately more flattering depiction of you. My stylish friend,  your troubles are over! We bring you the best poses with the tips of experienced photographers that will make you look like a professional either on the red carpet or at your bestie’s birthday party!

*Lengthy read ahead!

We got excerpts from Jordan a Leicester photographer from photodoto.com

Sitting: If you’re sitting down in a photograph, cross your legs and lean your body forwards just a touch. Crossing your legs is an optical illusion that cuts the width of your body in half on the subsequent photos, whilst leaning forward elongates your body and draws attention away from your torso and into your face.

If you’re participating in a group shot, avoid standing at the end of the line. In most pictures, those people at each end of a group shot tend to look heavier whilst those in the middle look thinner, as a result of hiding their body behind others in the group.

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You can easily drop a dress size in your photos by standing more towards the centre of the group shot.

If you’re posing for a full body shot, try putting your hands on your hips and smiling confidently. Posing like this helps to accentuate your waistline, making your appear slimmer, whilst making you look more natural than posing with your arms laid flat and awkwardly against your body. It helps you to ooze confidence in the ensuing photo album, and like you were happy to be in front of the camera!

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When posing upright, you should also avoid pressing your limbs against your body. If you’re wearing a top that shows your arms off and you your arm against your torso in the snap, any fat that you have around your bicep will splay out, making your look larger than you actually are. Create a small gap between your upper arm and your body to keep your arm looking as svelte as it is in real life.

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PERFECT YOUR POSE-

If you’re gearing up for a professional photo shoot, take some timeout prior to the shoot to practice your poses in a mirror at home. By spending a couple of hours looking at your profile, you can figure out your ‘best side’ and also the pose that does you the most justice. For some, cute poses such as looking over your shoulder or a straight on smiling shot works best.

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Meanwhile others feel most confident when doing seductive looks, such as staring off camera with a subtle pout. Working on your own mini-photo shoot in your bathroom mirror will really help you to discover the poses in which you feel most confident, and you can also go into the photo shoot with a ready decided set of poses that you know you will enjoy looking at afterwards.

CONFIDENCE IS KEY

It goes without saying that the best photos are taken when you’re feeling at your most confident. If you go into a photo feeling unhappy or awkward, both of these emotions will show in the resulting pictures,whether in your eyes or facial expression.

You should also avoid the nervous, deer-in-headlights forced smile (i.e. large eyes, exaggerated smile), as this never photographs well. When smiling for the camera, think of happy memories; ones that really fill you with joy and confidence. Posing whilst thinking like this promises a much more attractive, natural smile that looks stunning in the prints later on.

CLOTHES AND MAKEUP SHOULD BE USED TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

If you have ‘problem areas’ that you really don’t like, avoid dressing in light colours and shiny fabrics in your photo shoot, as these materials will draw attention to them. Instead, cloak your worst areas in darker colours, and use brighter colours to highlight your best features.

In terms of make-up, stick to matte make-up. Products with glitter or shine incorporated into them can make you appear sweaty and shiny – unflattering to say the least! Matte foundation, concealer and powder will all help you to look flawless throughout the shoot. Consider trying a slightly darker shade for a photo shoot, as the photographer’s flash can wash out some of the colour from your face – giving you the Casper the Friendly Ghost look. Wearing a slightly darker colour should, in theory, give your natural colour in the photos.

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Frame your best features. If you love your lips, use a bright lipstick to draw attention to these. If you love your eyes, frame them with liquid eyeliner to draw attention to them. All of this will help you to feel confident in your own skin – and confidence always photographs well!

So now that you have the ultimate guide to posing, get out there and give the camera your best smile without fearing the prints. Good luck.

From Megan DiPiero Photography : http://blog.megandipiero.com/

PUT YOUR WEIGHT ON YOUR BACK FOOT.

As far as posing is concerned, the first place to start is at your base– your feet.  Look at how the stance changes the pose.

Megan DiPiero Photography {Posing Secrets of the Red Carpet}

If you wanna slap a name on it, I’d say I’m slightly pear shaped.  And what shape do all women want?  That’s right– an hourglass, ladies!  To achieve that shape in your hips and waist, place your weight on your back foot, and place your front foot with bended knee slightly forward.

Why does this work?  Because what projects towards the camera becomes larger.  In most cases, that means we want the caboose away from the camera.  It also helps to turn your body, which as we’ll see next is another slimming trick.

TURN YOUR BODY45 DEGREES TO THE CAMERA

Now what can we do to whittle down that waist even more?  The trick here is to turn your body 45 degrees to the camera.  The more you turn, the smaller the slice of body the camera captures.  Just don’t overdo it.  45 degrees is perfect.

REMEMBER: ARMS AWAY FROM THE BODY:

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Next, let’s look at arms.  What happens if your arms are at your sides?  In effect, this doubles the size of your midsection.  The eye sees a giant block of color and thinks big.  For that shapely look, we want a slim middle.  By separating the arms away from your body (even just a little bit), the eye will see space and the middle is made smaller.  Try varying it up with asymmetrical hand placement to spice up your portrait poses.  Plus, as a bonus, you’ll get that triangle shape that the fashion world adores.

REMEMBER: PEE PEE STANCE

Megan DiPiero Photography {Posing Secrets of the Red Carpet}

My first tip for beautiful feet is to do the pee-pee dance.  Silly tip, lovely impact!   From your basic foot stance (weight on your back foot, knee bent), bring your front toe up on point and place it right beside your back foot.  Why does it look good?  The pointed toe extends the length of your leg.  Think: legs that go for miles.  Your leg crossed in front combined with the tips above accentuates the hourglass.  Your body goes out, in, out, in.  Fantastic!

SIDE OF THE HANDS TOWARDS THE CAMERA

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Next, on to hands.  Elegant hands are relaxed and dainty.  Think: ballet hands.  Rigid hands communicate tension.  Seeing the back of the hands makes your hands look broad.  We don’t want that.  I suggest shaking out your fingers to let loose the tension and then place them with the side of your hands facing the camera.

The final secret of pro photographers and celebrity goddesses is Photoshop.  Nearly every single celebrity image you see in publications has been retouched in some way.  Photoshop can create subtle or dramatic results.  When you look at a lingerie catalog for example, you are probably seeing dramatic photoshop work (nip the waist, bloat the breasts, remove the cellulite, add shadows in the cleavage, slim the arms, smooth the skin, etc. etc.)  I personally prefer the subtle use of photoshop to maintain who I am and who my clients are but if you wish, you could really go to town.

Finally, Excerpts from Perrie Samotin , Stylecaster.com:

ANGLE YOUR FACE
Unless you’re being snapped by a professional portait photographer, it’s key to avoid direct head-on shots. Why? Because there’ll be an absence of shadows, which could make your face look wider, larger, or slightly discolored. Instead, stand slightly sideways and tilt your chin a little bit upward or a tad downward. From there, be sure to look at something just above your natural line of sight.

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CROSS YOUR LEGS
If you’re being shot head-on cross your legs, starting at the calf. This stance will make your hips look narrower and your legs look longer, plus it looks a bit more casual. It’s worth noting that the pose also works when you’re sitting. Although it’s always preferable to stand in pictures, if you happen to be on a chair or a couch when someone comes at you with a camera, sit up straight and cross your legs at the ankles. It’ll be more flattering than not doing anything with those stems.

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Learn to smile for the camera.
Smiling is a tricky thing when it comes to photos. Too big, and you look silly, but none at all can make you look broody or angry. The solution? The ‘natural’ smile you so often do when the camera’s not on you.

Smiling too wide on purpose will cause your face to tense up, your eyes to squint, and your cheeks to puff out, which aren’t the benchmarks of an attractive photo. Instead, take a beat to relax your face and open your mouth  slightly, so that your lower lip matches the curve of your upper teeth. This is universally flattering, and allows you to decide how much teeth you want to show. Not a fan of smiling with teeth? Learn to smize (smile with your eyes, for the uninitiated.)

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One thing to note: When you smile naturally, the area around your eyes tends to crease a bit, which reads as much more sincere than stiffly smiling just with your mouth.

Understand proportion. 
It’s a basic rule: Whatever is closer to the camera will appear larger.

Our Final Note:

Our final note is one very much like that pointed out by  Megan DiPiero. Much as we all love the looks we see on instagram, Facebook or in magazines, always remember they probably went through numerous filters,  Photoshop or PicArt.  Be careful not to size yourself up, using what you see.

Be sure to stick to these pro tips the next time you take a picture and you’ll run out of spaces to hang your photos!