Yep, I’m back with another photography tips post; this time I’m giving y’all the lowdown on posing. Now, this isn’t to say I’m an expert by any means, but hopefully it might give you a few ideas to make your poses a little more interesting.
I know it can be a little weird posing in front of a camera – even weirder when there’s a photographer behind the camera – but you have to really embrace it to get the best shot, trust me. Being totally comfortable is probably the key to good posing – if you’re a little uncomfortable with posing then try practicing in your home/garden first, nobody can judge you there!
Posing is arguably the most difficult part of taking a photo – so I’ve compiled a list of my top tips to help you get that perfect shot. One extra little tip for you, jut out your chin for a better jaw line (you’re welcome).
TIP #1: LISTEN TO TYRA
You ever heard of a little trick called smizing? Yeah, the woman knows what she’s talking about.
To smize – i.e. to smile with your eyes – is the best way to do something a little more interesting with your face without looking like you’re doing anything. My favourite facial expression in a photo is to have no facial expression, but if I don’t smize I just look like I’m blankly staring into the camera – or straight-up miserable.
Smizing makes you look a little sassier and creates a much more interesting photo – it’s not something people would notice you doing necessarily, but they would definitely notice if you weren’t. It’s such a simple little trick, so definitely make sure you’re using it in your next photo!
TIP #2: MOVEMENT IS KEY
All of my photography tips come back to one thing: interest. A basic standing photo can be pretty enough, but I much prefer a more dynamic and creative shot.
This is another really easy one to achieve: you can be walking in your shot, swinging an item of clothing – even just flicking your hair.
One of my favourite ways to capture motion is just by having my hair blowing in the wind – it’s so simple but makes the photo so much more interesting than if everything was still. Play around with movement and get super creative with it; spin around, jump, throw things – as a general rule, the crazier the idea, the better.
TIP #3: PICK A ‘STYLE’ AND KEEP TO IT
Having a style for your photography is really important – it’s the thing that will keep your audience coming back. For me, I like to be pretty artsy and creative – which usually just means posing in weird ways or looking a little angry/confused/miserable.
Although there are technically ‘rules’ for how you should pose to look your best (don’t put your legs closer to the camera because they’ll look incredibly short etc.), I like to use my style to purposefully break those rules. I personally find it quite amusing to sit in ways that make my legs look super short – so sue me.
I have to admit, I’m still pretty awkward when taking photos – but I kind of use this to my advantage by standing or sitting in an awkward way, or bending my body at weirder angles to be a little more artsy. Again, it’s all about creating interest.
I feel like my style makes my photos a little unique (at least, I’d like to think so). I’m not one of those bloggers who have all of the classic London backdrops on my doorstep, so I have to get creative – plus it makes me different to a lot of bloggers out there which is something I love, even if not everybody else does.
TIP #4: WHEN IN DOUBT, SIT ON THE FLOOR
The floor is one of my favourite places to take photos. Why? I mean, primarily because I’m too lazy to stand up all of the time, but also because you can get some of the most interesting shots when you’re on the ground.
You can sit, lie down, angle your body in any which way – the opportunities are practically endless.
You also don’t have to do too much posing if you’re sat on the floor – by sitting down you’re technically automatically posing, and I think being on the ground makes for a pretty interesting photo. Experiment by crossing your legs in weird ways, or wear a really flowy skirt and have it circled all around you (brb I think I need to go take a photo).
Basically, what I’m trying to tell you – what I’m always trying to tell you – is get creative. Yes, there are ways to make yourself look better in photos, but I would prefer to see poses that are really unique and interesting. Go out with your tripod and just experiment, I promise you’ll end up with some awesome results.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it helpful, let me know in the comments what photography tips you’d like to see next! See you next time,