At your first photo shoot you may feel scared because you might not know what to expect or what you need to do. There are some very basic tips to remember so you can have a successful first photo shoot. Here are a few tips that every model should know when posing for a shoot no matter what type of model you are.
Tip#1: Avoid the Deer-in-the-headlights Looks
Take a deep breath and relax, don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Because if you do you might have that wide eyed look in your photos. Try to soften your eyes as much as you can so that you can avoid having the deer caught in the headlights look.
Tip#2: Keep in Constant Motion
Modeling is about movement. You don’t change poses dramatically it is subtle movement. The photographer will be taking pictures continuously will most likely capture you through the transition of your poses. Do not hold your poses for longer 3 seconds. You might move your head or your hands slightly, let your movements flow. You don’t want to stand up suddenly if you are sitting or lie down if you are standing up. Figure out a way to eventually get into the position desired. 3 seconds is not a lot of time but the photographer is constantly clicking that camera and will capture every single moment. At the end of the day you want the photographer to have a variety of poses to work with.
Tip#3: Don’t Forget About Your Hands
You might be anxious and scared at your first photo shoot and as a result you may not be aware that your hands are tense. Stiff hands can ruin a photo. Try to relax and make your arms soft. Don’t clench your hands to your waist; if you are holding on to something don’t clamp it. Don’t hold on to anything for dear life. Keep your hands soft and feminine.
Tip#4: Posture is Very Important
Be very well aware of your posture at all times. Don’t hunch your shoulders or your back, it translates poorly into photos. Keep your shoulders back and your back straight. Try to keep that modelesque silhouette.
Tip#5: Include Asymmetrical Poses
Asymmetrical poses look amazing on camera. Do interesting things with your hands and your feet, have your body slightly off center.
Tip#6: Be Sure to Use Facial Angles
You do not always have to look straight into the camera. The photo looks more interesting when you are looking away from the camera. It is okay to look away; it does not have to be dramatically away. It can be off to the side or maybe slightly up. Try to find different angles that works for you.
This may appear to be a lot of information, but each tip can prove very helpful during your modeling career. If you’re able to practice and master each of these tips you will eventually notice that posing during a photo shoot will become less complicated, and you’ll walk away with even better photographs.