POSING SECRETS FROM THE EXPERT
My friend, Megan DiPiero is an unbelievably talented photographer. I use her for all my before and after photos and head shots. Megan has given me permission to share her posing strategies with all of you. Whether you are having professional photos done or just want to look better in your "selfies" or candid group shots - these tips will make you look better.
Don't we all want to look slimmer, shapelier and younger in our pictures? Stupid question, right? How is it that celebs look fabulous in every red carpet picture you see? True, the thousand dollar dresses, personal stylists and trainers, and PR crew they have at work carefully editing out the duds DO help. But stylish celebs have also learned and practiced the key secrets to posing that make the most of what they've got when they're strutting the red carpet.
As far as posing is concerned, the first place to start is at your base-- your feet. Your stance changes how your body appears.
To achieve the desirable hourglass 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.
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.
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.
And now for my favorite tip... chin forward and down. This trick will do just that in one fell swoop! I always tell my clients it's a "looks good, feels weird" pose. Let me elaborate on the amazing difference this small trick will make.
I want you to project your head FORWARD.
Now what was that about putting the chin down? Remember what moves towards the camera appears bigger and what is away from the camera appears smaller. By bringing the chin down, your eyes come towards the camera, making them appear larger. And aren't large, doe-like eyes, just so gorgeous? This is your go-to move for portraits and head shots.