Monday, July 1, 2013

How to Pose: Girl version

Howdy ya'll!  So sorry it's taken me so long to get this post up.   But I think for the next couple of weeks I'll post 1 posing tip a week.  Since there is so much to say about posing. ;)  But we will see. :)
Okey doke, as you can see from the title I'm doing how to pose girls.  Posing girls and guys are different (some of the basics are the same though).  So hopefully I'll have one on how to pose guys in the near future. ;)  If you all have ANY questions please ask!  Also if I didn't explain something well, please tell me and I'll try to clarify it. ;)  Alrighty, lets get to posing!

1.  Create lines.

You want to create interesting, flattering lines.  Diagonal lines are much more appealing to the eye than consistently straight ones.  And as you can tell from the pictures, it's much more flattering for your subject as well!

2. Pose the feet.

If you pose the feet right, you'll make more relaxed, natural pose for the rest of the body.  If your feet are flat on the floor next to each other, the rest of your body is going to be straight and have no interesting lines.  

3. Give the hands something to do.

  Do you normally see people with their hands right by their side?  Nope!  They normally have them in pockets, belt loops, on hips, leaning against something, brushing back hair, crossed arms, or holding something.  So make sure you pose them doing what they normally do. ;)

4. Tilt the head.

This is the phrase I use the most.  I can’t tell you how much of a difference this makes. Tipping the head, again, creates interesting lines. Generally, with girls, tip their head the opposite way the shoulders are.  But go for what looks best!

5.  Use your surroundings.

Look around you, what do you normally see people doing?  Like in the picture, if they're by a fence, do you see somebody standing straight and stiff next to it?  Nope, people are leaning against it, sitting on it, standing on it, or maybe with a foot propped up on the bottom rung.

6.  Try different angles.

Don't always shoot at eye level.  I actually prefer getting above my subject for head shots.  You can definitely see the difference between these two pictures!

Well that's all for this post!  Hope it was helpful. :)



  1. Yes, this was very helpful! The pictures illustrate your words very well and I don't have a single question! well, except one that doesn't really relate to your expository skills, ;) what lens did you use to take these? 1.8 -50 mm? I ask because that's the lens I ordered! [With my new camera!!!! ...I'm a little excited about the fact. ;)]

    Hehe, yes, I remember tip #4 'tilt your head'; and for being such a simple thing to do it really does add a lot of life to a pose! =)

    I'll be lookin' forward to the other posts.


  2. Oh good, thank you! Yeah I was using the 50mm, basically thats all I use with my portraits. ;) It's my best friend. I am SO happy for you! When is it coming?!?!?!

  3. I hope it'll be my best friend too, it's supposed to be here MONDAY! Literally, I've been counting down the days till it gets here. I can't wait to 'shoot' my friends and family with it! ;D

  4. This is great, Olivia! It was very helpful to have the pictures - they DO illustrate your points very well! =) Ha, yes I remember #4 from when you took mine, too... it does add a lot to a pose!

  5. Wow! These are great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  6. These are really awesome for the subject too -one of the main reasons I didn't like to have my picture taken for so long is I didn't know what to do! Olivia was the first to get me truly comfortable in front of a camera, due to these exact tips : )