Seven Posing Guidelines
The five killer tips, all right? So just in general, when you're posing, I want ya to keep these things in mind. I have seven tips here, I guess, not five. (laughing) One, like I said, I can repeat this a million times, and then we'll go out and shoot it, and we'll forget about it. Ya gotta keep the nose towards the light, that is key. Body away from the light, if you're in trouble, if ya just don't know, and you're confused ... Okay, I'm gonna keep the nose that way, the body the other way, and you're gonna get something, especially if you shift the weight. So you shift the weight, and then here's another tip: shift the weight and ask for more because you need it exaggerated. Like I've been doing it for 15 years. I'm used to it, but most people, it's not exaggerated enough because on camera, you're not gonna see it, okay? Then you've gotta lift that leg up to give ya that V, right? Accentuate those hips, break the spine. If you feel you're photos are too stiff, that's because the spin...
e is perpendicular to the ground, and you've gotta either lean them back, lean them forward, I don't know, but whatever you gotta do is you gotta have that spine broken. Not unless it's an extreme vertical, I mean a symmetrical shot, then not so much, but in general, you've gotta break that spine. Then you've gotta create balance with your arms, okay? If you've gotta a lotta something here, then you've gotta balance it out the other way. And then on top of that, the main thing is is that you need that emotion, or you need that look, right? Where they're feeling confident, they're feeling great, right? There's no barrier in between the camera and them. There's no fear, or "Oh, what should I be doing?" None of that, as if they're completely comfortable with you taking pictures of them. And that's hard to do. Sometimes you might not get that look until three hours in, right? So usually that's when our best photos happen, is you're usually at the end of the session because they're feeling a lot more comfortable, but the more comfortable and confident, and you know what you're doing, is that I guarantee you, if you know what you're doing, and you give direction, and you're telling them what to do constantly, they love that. Or else like they may be beautiful and all, but they're like people are self-conscious. "Am I doing this right" or ya know? They have no idea if they're doing it right, or if they're doing it incorrectly, but if you're guiding them and encouraging them while you're shooting it, you're gonna break those walls down, and you're gonna have an amazing session. All right, that's about it, other than questions.
Yes, Scott, we have several people asking, including a new double oh seven, are these tips applicable to curvy models, as well, curvy people, I mean?
Yes, for sure, I think, you might not be as exaggerated with it like you might have them do the Ying-Yang or whatever right away, right, but you can subtly do everything, right? I do the same routine no matter what person I'm shooting, right? Like if I'm shooting them, I don't want to have square shoulders, I wanna just turn them to the side. I don't their hip towards the camera because it's gonna look ... The same techniques work, but you just might have to tone it down, and not all the options are open to you, right, because it may look forced or may look unnatural for them. Maybe at that point, just getting to the classic pose might work with them, and then they're probably limited in what you want to do, and where you wanna go with it. But definitely, I use the same techniques.