PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER TIPS ON PHOTOGRAPHING WOMEN
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Posing tips for women photo shoots
Having a professional photo shoot for some can be a nerve racking experience. That’s why we have put together a guide that can help any woman be more confident and at ease during their photo shoot. Even if it’s your first time in front of a camera or you have done it before, these simple tips will have you more energized and prepared during your photo shoot session.
What’s Covered In This Guide?
- POSING: CHIN
- POSING: CURVES
- POSING: HANDS
Angles matter while photographing women
There is rarely a photograph I have seen that was taken of a woman from a low angle. Regardless of the shape or size of the woman we are photographing, this is not a good angle.
On the flipside, we see that when you shoot from above even at an angle that is slightly down, it can be quite flattering for woman, especially if she has a fuller figure.
POSING : CHIN
When it comes to photographing woman, and at times even men, this is my number ONE posing tip. Even if I am shooting an assignment that is behind by two hours and I have no time for elegant or elaborate poses, this is a tip that I always follow. So what is this tip? The chin is always down and out, picture a turtle.
You may be wondering what the deal is with the whole chin down and out tip. For the most part, people always hear that they must sit up straight for the camera when having their picture taken. Although this advice may be sound, it not necessarily the best because what will happen is generally not only will the person sit up straight; they will also tighten their neck and lift their chin. What you have now is a lost jawline and a photograph of looking up someone’s nostrils. This is something I am pretty sure no own wants.
By lowering your chin slightly and slightly push it out, naturally the jawline is lengthened and accentuated. Any double chins that may be present will also be eliminated, and you will avoid the above-mentioned nostril shot. Keep in mind that the chin down and out is a position that is not natural, it is normal for anyone to feel unnatural while doing this and there may be an odd facial expression that displays this discomfort. It is crucial to know that even though you are aware that this feels weird, you know for a fact that it looks great and you will later be doing this in all of your selfies.
POSING : CURVES
When photographing women, this tip is of utmost importance. Most women feel the most beautiful and sexy when their curves are visible. When you pose, make sure that all of your curves are accentuated. When posing, pretty much bending everything that can possibly be twisted is the easiest way to accentuate your curves. Here are a few simple posing tips during a photo shoot that accentuate your shape:
POSING : HANDS
Most people overlook this posing tip. This is where it is both a blessing yet a curse. It is a blessing because the hands are something I always pay attention to. It is a curse because the hands are always something I pay attention to and when hands look weird, it drives me crazy!
You can either break or make a photo with hand placement. When posing, pay close attention to your hands. Make sure they look light and natural. If it seems hard to relax your hands and let loose, then do something with them. Twirl your hair, lightly touch the side of your face, wrap your hands together and place them in front of your body, run them through her hair, etc. No matter what you go with, never forget about the hands.
Final tip from our professional photographer
WOW! That is a lot to bear in mind, do not let this make you feel overwhelmed. As with everything that is related to photography, the more practice you get, the more natural it will feel. Our professional photographer will keep an eye out for all these details so you can concentrate on your expression and the image you would like to project.
We also have written a complete posing guide that can help you prepare for your photo shoot.
So do not worry about carrying a posing guide around with you if you feel it will help. Or maybe bring in an assistant or friend that can help you with all the little details. In the end, our professional photographer can help you feel relaxed at your photo shoot.