So. Heather’s senior photos happened.
Let’s just skip all the talk and get right to the jaw-dropping beauty.
Allow me to introduce Heather, who’s a member of the Waukesha North High School Class of 2020.
Yes, this girl is stunning. Stunning, as in, the entire time we were together I kept asking her if she had modeled before. (The answer was no, but now, hopefully, that will change.)
Which brings me to what I want to explain. Most of my clients are not former models. They are real people. Sure, some of them might have a selfie addiction (you know who you are), but aside from that, they don’t necessarily know how to hold themselves in front of a camera.
This is where a professional photographer comes in handy. (Hey I know someone, cough cough.) A professional photographer is trained in other things besides lighting and composition. A professional should be well versed in what angles and positions will be most flattering for their clients — even for certain body types. A professional should know the big no-no’s. A professional should make every subject look their best - whether or not they are former (or future) models.
Believe it or not, Heather didn’t have any pre-existing posing ideas but as soon as I started guiding her, she fell right into place. There were times I positioned her from head to toe. There were times I suggested tweaks to her stance. There were times I just stood back and let her move.
Whether you’re advanced or novice or not-at-all, here are some basic posing tips for looking your best in photos.
3 REALLY SIMPLE TIPS FOR BETTER POSING
YOU ARE NOT A SOLDIER. If you are, thank you for your service. But you don’t have to keep your arms straight down by your side for your family photos. I have one little adjustment for you to make: slightly pull back your elbows. Just a little. Your hands will then naturally slide up ever so slightly, revealing the tiniest of gaps between your body and your arms. Like magic, you will look thinner. (You’re welcome.)
DON’T SQUISH YOUR FACE. You know the pose - sitting at a desk with your head resting in your hands. The reality is that your head is resting on your neck, like always, and you’re bringing your hands up to your face. They are touching gently, but never squishing. The same goes for leaning on walls, believe it or not. Yes, you are leaning, but you are not holding up the entire building. The force of pushing too hard will unpleasantly contort your body.
NEVER LOOK DOWN YOUR NOSE AT A PHOTOGRAPHER. If you read that right, you will understand what I mean. A photographer holds a lot of power when they point that camera at you. Always treat your photographer with respect. That being said, a lot of people have a preconceived notion that if they hold their chin really high, any double chins will be stretched out. FALSE. It only forces me to photograph UP THEIR NOSE! And as an added bonus, their chins DO get stretched out but their neck looks way wider than it should. Maintain level eye contact with the camera. It solves all the problems you think you have and I don’t have to count your nose hairs.