I spent several years in front of the camera when I lived in Los Angeles, and it has proved invaluable to my clients in the last few years with posing them for head shots and their lifestyle photos. Most of us are uncomfortable on camera…you know what that translates to, right? Uncomfortable looking photos. Not profesh…posing is just as important as the location. You can filter the lighting and smooth out wrinkles in clothes. You can’t Photoshop good posture!
Posing tip #1: When you’re in a big space, make sure that your body is making a shape, here is crossed at the ankles, and my arms are open, taking up space.
Posing tip #2: When seated low to the ground, it’s VITAL to keep your back straight. Any slouch and you might as well just fold in half.
Posing tip #3: When you’re in front of a neutral background, you’ve got to wear a bold color to stand out!
Posing tip #4: You can’t hide behind anything when only your face is being photographed. Knowing what angle is your best angle is key to a great photo. My left eye doesn’t open as much as my right. I don’t sleep as much as I should. It is what it is. Look carefully and you’ll see my head is tilted a little bit to the right and so is my shoulder. It’s a subtle change that makes a big difference.
Posing tip #5: Any time your hands are on your clothing, on your face, etc, never rest or actually grip.
Now that I’ve loaded you up with tips on posing for the camera, go out there and slay your next photoshoot! It’s a lot to remember, and that’s why I created a Camera Ready package which includes outfit planning, hair, makeup, and on-set time to make sure you look right on camera – the less need for post-production editing, the quicker you’ll get your photos!
Email me for details on that OR if you’re a small business needing a full branding shoot – I can take the lead on creative direction and make your vision come to life!