Ten Posing Tips & Photo Inspirations for Girls
Thanks for checking out my posing tips and inspirations for posing girls. These are great for senior pictures, modeling profiles, or even for some fashion or weddings. Note, these are just some of my suggestions, not necessarily hard rules as expressions and those “real” moments will almost always trump any technical posing flaws. And sometimes rules are just meant to be broken, but it’s a good idea to have a solid foundation on where to start. Posing starts from the bottom up so yes, your feet then going all the way up to the top of your head. Think of it like building a house, you don’t start with the roof, you begin with the foundation, then the walls (frame), and up to the roof. – Portrait & Wedding Photographer with over 10 years in experience, Jerry Moyer Photography, Boise Idaho.
The 10 Tips
1. The first tip is to find or create the best lighting for your subject and/or for the look you’re going for. The pose won’t really matter if the lighting is off.
2. My second tip and a tip that will also help get you several different looks within just a single pose is to once you pose your subject; photograph them at different focal lengths and/or angles and perspectives.
3. Start with the spine, don’t slouch! Doesn’t matter if you’re standing, kneeling, sitting, or laying down.
4. Typically, you will want to shift your weight to one leg or the other. However, in most cases this will look even better if your weight is shifted to the leg furthest from the camera (your back leg). This will often help you look even more flattering by enhancing your curves, moving your weight away from the camera, etc. but also can give an impression of looking relaxed and natural.
5. Bend those bodily joints i.e., knees, elbows, fingers just as some examples. It doesn’t have to be crazy even just a little can go a long way.
6. Create gaps with the lower back and elbows. Such as moving our elbows away from our body creates a clear definition of where our waist ends. Just a little can go a long way and look very natural.
7. Where you place your hands and point your fingers can give a sense of direction for the viewer. I.e., putting them near your face or leading towards your face will direct the viewer to your face.
8. Creating different shapes with your arms and legs within your posing i.e., such as triangles will not only give you a variety of images with small movements from photo to photo but can create a beautiful harmony in your images.
9. The expression. Sometimes smiling, sometimes that’s laughter, not smiling, looking at and not looking at the camera are just for a few examples.
10. Adding or showing the sense of movement. Maybe it’s a short walk down a sidewalk, stepping one foot in front of the other “as if” it appears your walking, a slight twist of your hips as you play with a dress are some ideas.
11. My bonus tip here is just to make subtle movements in your posing with each image or sets of images taken. By combining many of the above tips you will not only get a variety of looks, but you will convey a confident, beautiful, and natural vibe in your images. In a lot of cases, you won’t feel they are posed at all.
12. Okay, one last bonus tip. Be yourself! My posing style is more like directing, I often see what you do and then doing little tweaks along the way. This will allow you to be more who you are and feel relaxed by adding just a little bit of fine tuning as needed. Again, sometimes the best images are not technically perfect, the expression and or moment will almost always trump the pose.