Our friends at Pixelicious (Montreal, QC) created this helpful list of simple posing tips to help you feel at ease in front of the camera on the big day. Enjoy!
1. Start by turning the body slightly away from the camera
We tend to avoid photographing female subjects straight on as this makes her look widest by seeing the full width between both shoulders. The other extreme is to turn the body completely sideways but this will emphasize the arm and the profile angle of the subject’s face, not always flattering for someone with a long or crooked nose. Therefore we only need to turn just slightly to capture a slimmer silhouette. As to turning left or right, that’s just a personal preference but girls tend to have a “better side”, we go with that if it makes her more comfortable.
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2. Shift your weight by gently lifting your front foot
Posing starts with the feet. By slightly lifting the front foot, therefore bending the front knee, we shift our weight towards the back leg and away from the camera. This gives the classic, hourglass silhouette from the camera’s perspective. For those who wish to portray a more fashion, stylized pose with attitude, we can do the opposite by shifting our weight to the front leg. This gives a stronger, more masculine pose.
3. Keep your back straight
A slouched back looks sloppy and unflattering in pictures so it is crucial to work the hips and spine to keep the back straight. Stand tall with confidence.
4. Gently bend the joints
Try looking into the mirror with both arms completely straight down, you will appear stiff and uncomfortable. Especially for female subjects we try to bend the joints, this includes the elbows, wrists and fingers to soften the image.
By bending the elbows, we move our arms away from our hips, therefore slimming by at least 2 inches each side. Those not experienced with posing will have difficulty with the hands, often asking “what do I do with them?” The simple solution is to distract the hands by holding something, such as a bouquet, a purse, a veil or simply bringing both hands together. If we are posing a couple, I would love to see some interaction such as holding hands. Finally, gently curl the fingers for the soft touch.
5. Shoulders at different heights
We add a bit more finesse by having one shoulder higher. Tilting the head towards the higher shoulder offers a softer, feminine look. For male subjects we would avoid this by asking to tilt towards the lower shoulder.
6. Keep it simple for the eyes
My personal preference for female subjects is to either have them look towards the camera or look down, almost eyes closed. This simplifies a lot of things and avoids awkward situations of looking here, looking there. If I recognize a lazy eye, a good tip is to ask the person to look slightly higher, say at the flash instead of the lens. This forces your eyes to open wider. The exception will be posing a couple where it is perfectly fine for them to look at each other as they are interacting.
7. Expression trumps perfection all the time
Rules are meant to be broken, this includes posing. Remember the goal is to have fun and not always running through a checklist while in front of the camera. I would much prefer a candid, natural expression as opposed to a perfect pose all the time so communication between photographer and subject is essential.
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